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Weird Science: 40 Strange-Acting, Bizarre-Looking, and Barely Believable Activities for Kids


Discover the weird science behind the ickiest, wackiest, most unusual things ever to exist!

Would you like to make your own slime, discover how lava lamps work, or learn how materials decompose?
Have you ever heard about ball lightning or the Aurora Borealis on the news and wondered what the reporter was talking about?
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Discover the weird science behind the ickiest, wackiest, most unusual things ever to exist!

Would you like to make your own slime, discover how lava lamps work, or learn how materials decompose?
Have you ever heard about ball lightning or the Aurora Borealis on the news and wondered what the reporter was talking about?
Are you looking for great ideas for your next science fair project?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Weird Science is for you! From banana slugs and dry ice to optical illusions and time travel, you'll investigate some of the most bizarre scientific oddities on Earth. Dozens of fun-packed activities help you see for yourself how quicksand really works, why our feet sometimes get smelly, how worm holes and black holes are formed, why insects can walk on water, and much more. You'll even see how you can turn these amazing activities into science projects! Each experiment is safe and easy to do, and all you need is everyday stuff from around the house. So get ready to take a strange, creepy, and sometimes even gross journey through Weird Science!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In this amusing book of experiments, Jim Wiese inspires children to find out more about the world of science oddities. The introduction explains how to use the book, rules for being a good scientist, and how to use the experiments in the book as science fair projects. Chapter one, "Weird Substances," contains experiments that have to do with slime, quicksand, and even lava lamps. Chapter two, "Weird Plants," describes experiments with potatoes, carnivorous plants, and cacti. Chapter three, "Weird Animals," does not actually use animals in the experiments, but shows children the principles behind electric eels, mudskippers, and various insects. Chapter four, "Weird Microbes," describes experiments involving bacteria (with plenty of admonitions for children to "wash their hands!"). Chapter five, "Weird Weather," shows children how to make mini-weather systems of storms, lightning, and tornados. Chapter six, "Weird Earth," explains how to simulate geysers and weird caves. Chapter seven, "Weird Sights," describes mirages, optical illusions, and the Aurora Borealis. Chapter eight, "Weird Sounds," explains how to conduct experiments with dog whistles and Aeolian sounds. Chapter nine, "Weird Physics," while it deals with complex ideas such as relativity, provides children with a good basis for understanding these issues when they move to higher science. There is also a very thorough glossary to aid children in understanding the principles behind these fascinating experiments. 2004, John Wiley & Sons, Ages 8 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471462293
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/16/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 1,174,166
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JIM WIESE is a science teacher and an educational coordinator for nonprofit organizations. He is the author of many popular kids’ science activity books, including Ancient Science, Roller Coaster Science, Rocket Science, Detective Science, Cosmic Science, and Sports Science, all from Wiley.

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Table of Contents



How to Use This Book.

Being a Good Scientist.

Increasing Your Understanding.

Using This Book to Do a Science Fair Project.

A Word of Warning.

1. Weird Substances: Slip, Ooze, and Creep.

Project 1: Slime.

Project 2: Quicksand.

Project 3: Curved Water.

Project 4: Dry Ice.

Project 5: Slime Molds.

Project 6: Moving “Lava”.

2. Weird Plants: Way to Grow.

Project 1: The Eyes Have It.

Project 2: Insect Eaters.

Project 3: Spore Losers.

Project 4: “Corpse Flower”.

Project 5: Epiphytes and Stranglers.

Project 6: Cacti.

3. Weird Animals: No Pets Allowed.

Project 1: Electric Eel.

Project 2: Mudskippers.

Project 3: Weird Ants.

Project 4: Banana Slug.

Project 5: Dung Beetles.

Project 6: Naked Mole Rats.

Project 7: Gone Batty.

4. Weird Microbes: The Good, the Bad, the Smelly.

Project 1: Smelly Feet.

Project 2: Early Risers.

Project 3: Galdieria Sulphuraria.

5. Weird Weather: Ball Lightning, Rogue Waves, and Twisting Tornadoes.

Project 1: The Perfect Storm.

Project 2: Ball Lightning.

Project 3: Extreme Winds.

Project 4: Tornadoes.

6. Weird Earth: Geysers, Caves, and Other Strange Formations.

Project 1: Geysers.

Project 2: Weird Caves.

Project 3: Weird Rocks.

7. Weird Sights: Mirages, Northern Lights, and Illusions.

Project 1: Mirages.

Project 2: Aurora Borealis.

Project 3: Optical Illusions.

8. Weird Sounds: High and Low.

Project 1: Doggy Do.

Project 2: Aeolian Sounds.

Project 3: Playing Glasses.

Project 4: Things That Go Bump in the Night.

Project 5: Listen to Yourself.

9. Weird Physics: Fact or Fiction?

Project 1: Relativity and Time Travel.

Project 2: Worm Holes and Black Holes.

Project 3: Antimatter.



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