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Can you make a bridge out of spaghetti? Why does gelatin wobble? Can you make star-shaped bubbles? Why are windows made of glass? Discover the answers to these questions and more in these fantastic experiments that cover everything from testing which materials are waterproof to making a bubble diver.
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Overview

Can you make a bridge out of spaghetti? Why does gelatin wobble? Can you make star-shaped bubbles? Why are windows made of glass? Discover the answers to these questions and more in these fantastic experiments that cover everything from testing which materials are waterproof to making a bubble diver.
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Children's Literature
Newton, Chip and Pixel are the guides that accompany readers on a fun and fact-filled journey of discovery in the pages of this exciting book. Safety measures and a page for parents ensure safe-passage for youngsters as they discover and conduct experiments using different materials. The easy-to-read text is accompanied by colored photos and graphics, sidebars and the constant companions Newton, Chip and Pixel. Steps for experiments are numbered clearly and are easy to understand. Properties such as hard and dull, float or sink and texture are included in the chapter on testing materials. Using materials covers various aspects such as sand, wood, paper, glass and plastic. Materials that change include experiments on bending, twisting, melting and stretching. The properties of water will be a favorite, where budding scientists explore bubbles, steam and some amazing tricks. This is a very practical and fun way for youngsters to have fun while learning and is a useful classroom or home resource. 2001, DK Publishing, $24.95. Ages 5 up. Reviewer: Sue Reichard
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  • ISBN-13: 9780789478504
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Experiments In Science Series
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 3 months - 17 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

David Glover is an experienced teacher who is committed to making science accessible, fun, and relevant for children. He is also an author of children's science books, as well as a respected education consultant.
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Table of Contents

Hello! 12
Parents' notes
Testing Materials 16
Using Materials 42
Changing Materials 68
Wonderful Water 94
Testing Materials
Feeling materials 18
Shiny and dull 20
Is it see-through? 22
How hard? 24
How strong? 26
Float or sink? 28
Mop it up! 30
Is it waterproof? 32
Which is warm? 34
Amazing magnets 36
It's quiz time! 38
Using Materials
Sorting materials 44
Hard as stone 46
Sandcastles 48
Wood is good 50
Paper shapes 52
Weaving yarn 54
Plastic parts 56
Made of metal 58
Clear as glass 60
Building bricks 62
It's quiz time! 64
Changing Materials
Changing shape 70
Print a shape 72
Stretch it out 74
Bend and twist 76
Melting 78
Bake it hard 80
Mix it together 82
Dissolve it 84
Let it set 86
Heat it 88
It's quiz time! 90
Wonderful Water
Liquid water 96
Fair share 98
Turning to ice 100
Making steam 102
Drying out 104
Water's skin 106
Bubble fun 108
Push it under 110
Bubble diver 112
Amazing trick 114
It's quiz time! 116
Glossary 118
Index 124
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