Stomp Rockets, Catapults, and Kaleidoscopes: 30+ Amazing Science Projects You Can Build for Less than $1 [NOOK Book]

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There's No better Way to understand how something works than to build it yourself. How does a toilet flush? Find out with a plastic drink bottle and a length of flexible tubing. What about the fingers on your hand? Construct a working model of their muscles, bones, and tendons using drinking straws, craft sticks, tape, and string. And how do musical instruments make sounds? Explore the many methods by creating your own harmonica, saxophone, marimba, oboe, and guitar.

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Stomp Rockets, Catapults, and Kaleidoscopes: 30+ Amazing Science Projects You Can Build for Less than $1

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Overview

There's No better Way to understand how something works than to build it yourself. How does a toilet flush? Find out with a plastic drink bottle and a length of flexible tubing. What about the fingers on your hand? Construct a working model of their muscles, bones, and tendons using drinking straws, craft sticks, tape, and string. And how do musical instruments make sounds? Explore the many methods by creating your own harmonica, saxophone, marimba, oboe, and guitar.

These and dozens of other hands-on projects can be found in Stomp Rockets, Catapults, and Kaleidoscopes. Kids will learn how to build a: Heart pump, Rubber band racer, Mini-bot, Electric car, Helicopter, Lung model, Tornado in a bottle, Hydraulic butterfly, Crane, And more! Each project has been designed to use recycled or nearly free materials. Kids will gain experience working with common tools and be encouraged to modify and improve their designs. Includes step-by-step instructions with photographs, and summaries of the science behind the projects.

About the Author:
Curt Gabrielson is the director of the Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop

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Editorial Reviews

Science Books & Films
I really enjoyed this book . . . a long-needed book that kids will love. . .a great book.
The Daily Journal
A great book.
Missoulian Sunday
The best way to learn.
www.mom2momdfw.com
The projects are fairly easy and do get you thinking about how things work.
From the Publisher
"Terrific . . . all around fun. A great book."  —The Daily Journal

"I really enjoyed this . . . a long-needed book that kids will love . . . great."  —Science Books & Films

"The projects are fairly easy and do get you thinking about how things work."  —mom2momdfw.com

"The best way to learn."  —Missoulian Sunday

"Filled with cool projects for winter days."  —Treasure Valley Family Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613742969
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Curt Gabrielson is the director of the Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop. He has been a science educator for more than 15 years, with positions in the California public schools, the National University of East Timor, and San Francisco’s Exploratorium Teacher Institute.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     xi
A Note to Adults     xiii
Electricity and Magnetism
Holiday Light Circuit     1
Crane     6
Electric Car     11
Electrostatics     15
Magnetic Spinner     21
Solenoid and Speaker     25
Sound, Light, and Perception
Chirping Bird and Cuica     30
Musica: Saxophone, Harmonica, Guitar, Bull Roarer, Oboe, and Sucker     37
Xylophone and Marimba     43
Kaleidoscope     48
Thaumatrope     53
Mechanics
Balancing Acts     56
Catapult     60
Dangling Spinner     64
Mini-bot     69
Rubber Band Racer     73
Voladores de Papantla ("Birdmen of Papantla")     77
Fluids and Aerodynamics
Airplanes     82
Flying Fish     88
Helicopters     93
Hydraulic Butterfly     98
Stomp Rockets     104
Toilet     108
Tornado     113
Biology
Eye Model     118
Fingers of the Hand     124
Heart Pump     129
Lung Model     135
Chemistry
Cartesian Divers     139
Oil on Water     143
Gak and Oobleck     146
Appendixes
Bringing These Projects into the Classroom     151
About the Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop     155
Index     157
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