Rocket Science: 50 Flying, Floating, Flipping, Spinning Gadgets Kids Create Themselves


Blast off into the wacky world of gadgets!

Have you ever wondered what makes airplanes fly, how boats float, or why your doorbell works?
* Would you like to build your own flying, floating, diving, spinning, howling, scooting objects?
* Are you looking for a terrific science project that moves?

If you answered "Yes!" to any of these questions, then Rocket Science is for you. ...

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Blast off into the wacky world of gadgets!

Have you ever wondered what makes airplanes fly, how boats float, or why your doorbell works?
* Would you like to build your own flying, floating, diving, spinning, howling, scooting objects?
* Are you looking for a terrific science project that moves?

If you answered "Yes!" to any of these questions, then Rocket Science is for you. It shows you the science behind how things work by teaching you how to build a rocket boat, kaleidoscope, mousetrap car, stethoscope, compass, fruit-powered battery, and lots of other wonderful gizmos. All of the projects are safe and easy to make out of stuff you can find around your house.

This amazing book covers a wide variety of science topics, including mechanics, air power, water power, electricity, magnetism, chemistry, acoustics, and optics.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
The subtitle of this book is a long one, but very descriptive of the contents: 50 Flying Floating, Flipping, Spinning Gadgets Kids Create Themselves. I could stop right here because that pretty well sums it up, but I won't, because this book was so much fun to read. Or perhaps I should say it was really very hard to read, because I wanted to stop and try out one of Wiese's "gadgets" for myself. So if you know a kid who wants to know why something works the way it does, or who's looking for a science fair project that's, shall we say, a little more dynamic than the rest, this book might be just what you need. Directions are simple and clear, with cautionary advice on getting adult help when needed. A glossary and index are included.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-The projects in this collection are not particularly exciting, but they work, and kids will learn from them. They are grouped into seven general areas: mechanics, air power, water power, electricity, chemistry, sound, and sight. Each experiment includes a list of materials and clear instructions. Adult help is required for more than half, but most often for simple preparations (cutting wire, hammering a nail). Black-and-white cartoonstyle drawings illustrate how things should look; when more detail is needed, simple diagrams are added. The explanation sections that follow each group of related activities are particularly useful. The author describes what should have happened and why and also suggests how to explore the topic further. Many of the items (e.g., periscope, water rocket, air pump) can be found in other sources, but often without the expanded discussion offered here. The title might mislead readers, since only four of the projects actually resemble rockets, but the others are still interesting enough to intrigue children and introduce science in a way that they'll understand and remember.Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471113577
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/15/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,395,866
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

JIM WIESE (British Columbia, Canada) is a science teacher and an educational coordinator for nonprofit organizations. He is the author of the popular kids' science-activities book Roller Coaster Science and several science schoolbooks.

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Table of Contents

Mechanically Inclined: Using Mechanics to Make Minimachines.

You've Got the Power: Using Air Power to Make Great Gadgets.

Water, Water Everywhere: Using Water Power to Make Wonderful Inventions.

Don't Be Shocked If You're Attracted to These Activities: Using Electricity and Magnetism to Make Amazing Devices.

Great Chemistry: Using Chemistry to Make Cool Creations.

Strings and Things: Using Acoustics to Build Dynamite Devices.

Lighten Up!

Using Optics to Create Fantastic Fun.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I bought this book last year for my 10-year old nephew as a Christmas gift. My sister informed me later that he is slowly making his way through the book, making amazing things. He now has a door bell for his bedroom! The instructions are easy to follow and a lot of fun. My family ended up using the book before we gave it to my nephew because of the instructions for making a musical instrument. My second-grade son needed to make an instrument for class and the one they showed in this book was exactly what he wanted.

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