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Snack on science Make a science of snacks "Potato Chip Science" is the book and kit thats an irresistible introduction to science for 8- to 12-year-olds. Here are 29 incredible experiments-plus one edible project-that use potato chips, potatoes, potato chip bags, tubes, and lids. Included in the bag are a 96-page two-color book and a dozen items that kids can use for the following "snacktivities": Bag Blaster - Bird Feeder - Chipmobile - Chip Analyzer - Chip-Ship Challenge - Chip-Tube Gobbler - "Color" Wheel - ...
Snack on science Make a science of snacks "Potato Chip Science" is the book and kit thats an irresistible introduction to science for 8- to 12-year-olds. Here are 29 incredible experiments-plus one edible project-that use potato chips, potatoes, potato chip bags, tubes, and lids. Included in the bag are a 96-page two-color book and a dozen items that kids can use for the following "snacktivities": Bag Blaster - Bird Feeder - Chipmobile - Chip Analyzer - Chip-Ship Challenge - Chip-Tube Gobbler - "Color" Wheel - Compass - Composter - Confetti Can-non - CSI Detective Kit - Dancing Chips - Electric Wave - Flipper - Hydrofoil - Kissing Tubes - Kite - Mini Extermi- tater - Potato Bender - Potato Chip Crunchies - Potato Battery - Saucer Tosser - Shrunken (Potato) Head - Signal Mirror - Sound Spinner - Spud Crud - Spuddy Buddy - Walkie-Talkie - Windmill Product Features: - 96-page book providing step-by-step instructions - Bag that can be turned into a kite, compass, or "hydofoil" - Digital sound chip that plays "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" . . . powered by a potato (spud not included) - 6-inch propulsion pipe that launches spud pellets 50 feet - Biodegradable starch base (makes a great Chipmobile chassis ) - 6 optical stickers - 6 chip lids (the wheels of the Chipmobile ) - Spud-powered digital clock (once again, potato not included) - 4 zinc and copper electrodes - Googly eyes (Yeah ) - Wire connectors - Eco-friendly starch knife (to carve the Spuddy Buddy and Shrunken Potato Head) - Packing "chips" (used as ammunition for the Confetti Can-non ) "Manufactured in the United States of America." " Potato Chip Science" received the Gold Medal from The National Parenting Publication Awards, and a Gold "Brain Child" Medal from Tillywig.
"A hit with booksellers." - Publishers Weekly
"Perfect for kids. (I would have gone nuts for this as a child! And who am I kidding? I’m in my twenties and I still think it’s pretty cool!)” - EW.com
“A fantastic book of science experiments for kids to do with their parents. It's terrifically designed, and filled with fun facts and puns and silliness. Super fun!" - Goodreads.com
“Betcha can’t test just one.” - Youngexplorers.com
“Holy potato chips! Batman. There's something about the crinkle of a bag of chips that is like a geek siren song.” - ThinkGeek.com
“If you have a wee one with an interest in science... check out Kurzweil’s latest project, the science kit in a potato chip bag.” - Techcrunch.com
“Got a kid who loves science? What about potato chips? Check out Potato Chip Science — a grab bag of lessons on everything from physics to forensics, from navigation to neuroscience.” - Idaho Statesman
“Potato Chip Science makes experiments tasty for children. Most kids do not need much motivation to tear into a bag of chips. So why not come up with a way to take that natural tendency and use it to expand a child's mind more than his or her waistline?" - Tulsa World
“There’s a science-deficit among America’s young and one man’s cure comes packed in a potato chip bag.” - CBS-TV (Philadelphia)
"An irresistibly introduction to the tasty side of science.” - Mindware.com
“School’s in session, which means—deep breaths, parents—science fairs are just around the corner. Get kids motivated early and find some simple-to-implement, innovative ideas with Potato Chip Science” - Time Out, Chicago, IL
“Kids will get a recommended dose of fun with their lessons in physics, biology, chemistry and earth science that is, as the packaging says, ‘High in saturated facts.’” - L.A. Parent
“A new wrinkle – or should it be crinkle? – on the kitchen-table science fair.” - Buffalonews.com
Potatoes, potato chips and their packaging provide the materials for this entertaining, pun-filled collection of 29 science demonstrations and experiments plus one crunchy cookie recipe. The potato experiments will be familiar to science teachers but intriguing for young readers; the others offer creative uses for chip bags, lids and tubes. They include making rockets and kites, spinners demonstrating properties of sound and light, even a birdcall. The authors include explanations of the scientific principles involved, information about growing potatoes and making chips and their bags, oddities and curious facts. Recipe-style instructions and illustrations are reasonably clear. This book-with-stuff is packaged in an imitation potato-chip bag with a large number of packing peanuts, chip lids, googly eyes, stickers, a sound chip and a digital clock that can be powered by a potato and more. Although some of the plastic is labeled biodegradable, the whole of the packaging contradicts the message encouraging REuse of such materials. Though aimed at the book-as-toy market, this would be an appealing addition to a craft or science-fair shelf. (Informational gamebook. 8-14)
What led you to cook up Potato Chip Science?
I blame my son. When he was nine years old, he asked me why I wrote books about useless stuff like pocket watches and player pianos and antique furniture. I asked him what he would prefer me to research. He said: “Potato chips.” At first, I resisted the implicit challenge. But hesitation gave way to mild interest, and mild interest yielded to obsession. In the end, the chip off the old block turned the old block into a chip fiend.
When people think of science, they generally don’t think of potato chips.
True. Then again, when people think of potato chips—which happens much more often—they generally don’t think of science. That’s one reason I cooked up this kit. Wouldn’t it be great if hands-on experimentation approached the popularity of deep-fried, thin-sliced tubers?
What kinds of skills can kids learn from Potato Chip Science?
Hmm. Let’s see, kids can learn the joy of discovery. The challenges of trial and error testing. The practical business of keeping a science journal. They can discover the environmental payoff of using the recycling bin as an experimental supply house. They can gain dietary awareness. They can learn about the physics of kites, cars and boats (by actually making kites, cars and boats!). They can guide themselves through the field of navigation, dose themselves with chemistry, and, thanks to the Chip Science Institute (more commonly known as CSI) they can uncover the principles of crime scene forensics. Other dividends include: all sorts of mathematical knowledge (from the simple addition needed to bake potato chip cookies to the complex geometrical formula required to graph a saddle-shaped potato chip). There’s a reason every bag has to carry the warning: HIGH IN SATURATED FACTS!
What role did your son play in creating the book?
Max—the “& Son” portion of the collaboration—was the kit’s principal beta-tester and beta-taster. He read through all the write-ups, and signed off on all the illustrations.
What are some of your favorite projects from Potato Chip Science?
I’m a sucker for any experiment that launches stuff, so I like the propulsion pipe, the bag blaster and the confetti can-non. I’m also keen on the Shrunken (Potato) Head because it spells out, for klutzes like me, exactly how to carve a head. That’s a useful skill to have.
What’s your advice for parents who want to get their kids interested in science?
Show your children that science projects lurk everywhere, esespecially in the recycling bin.