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

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

by Jim Wiese, Ed Shems
     
 

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

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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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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471462293
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/16/2004
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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