You Gotta Try This!: Absolutely Irresistible Science

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Would you believe that you can turn a TV set into a copier machine? Burn a candle underwater? Give artificial respiration to a fly? Create a square egg? Turn a grape into a fireworks display? You can!

You Gotta Try This! is packed with fifty safe, hands-on science experiments that seem too incredible to be true -- but are. And they're so much fun to perform that you'll be trying them out again and again.

Written by Vicki Cobb and Kathy Darling,...

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Overview

Would you believe that you can turn a TV set into a copier machine? Burn a candle underwater? Give artificial respiration to a fly? Create a square egg? Turn a grape into a fireworks display? You can!

You Gotta Try This! is packed with fifty safe, hands-on science experiments that seem too incredible to be true -- but are. And they're so much fun to perform that you'll be trying them out again and again.

Written by Vicki Cobb and Kathy Darling, the award-winning authors of Don't Try This at Home! and four other best-selling children's science books, this high-energy activity book helps you discover just how amazing -- the world of science can be.

A collection of science experiments and activities, arranged in such categories as "Physical Attractions," "Curious Chemistry," and "Freaky Fluids."

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Editorial Reviews

Grand Prairie News
Would you believe that you can turn a TV set into a copier machine? Burn a candle underwater? Give artificial respiration to a fly? Create a square egg? Turn a grape into a fireworks display? Well, you can! You Gotta Try This is packed with 50 safe, hands-on science experiments that seem too incredible to be true — but they really are. They're so much fun to do that you'll be trying them out again and again. This high-energy activity book helps you discover just how amazing the world of science can be. Ms. Cobb and Ms. Darling have written an outstanding hands-on book that can be used by parents, children and teachers. Anyone from age 10 to 80 will enjoy these simple experiments at home or at school again and again. I know I had fun helping my grandchildren perform some to peak their interests in science. You read this book, try the many experiments, and you'll find yourself a kind again and "hooked on science.
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
The title really says it. Anyone familiar with Vicki Cobb's many other science experiment books (Bet you Can! and Don't Try This at Home! among others) knows that she's not only a proficient science "recipe" writer, but she's also a humorous and engaging one as well. Not only are the experiments here written plainly and with age-appropriateness, they are also fun to read! It's clear that Ms. Cobb has fun with science and can translate that fun to her readers. Her experiments have titles like "Bad Taste Genes" and "Monster Marshmallow." She's included only the best, funniest, and most amazing of all the many science experiments she's played with in the areas of chemistry, physics, and properties of matter. She reminds readers that "science is a way of knowing" and encourages them to learn from her recipes as well as their own science trials, flops, and spectacular successes.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Once again, the authors of Don't Try This at Home (Morrow, 1998) and Bet You Can! (Avon, 1983) make science fun. This book contains 50 experiments and activities that children can perform easily and enjoy doing. For each project, there is a list of the items needed, a clear explanation of the procedure, a safety notice (if necessary), and an interpretation of the principles involved. Chapters include "Curious Chemistry," "Freaky Fluids," and "Really Weird Stuff." Experiments range from making tonic water glow, to transforming the shape of an egg into a square, to causing a bar of soap to erupt like a volcano. Be forewarned, many of the activities will require adult assistance and supervision. The numerous black-and-white cartoons featuring enthusiastic young scientists add a light touch to the text and help to clarify the procedures.-Marion F. Gallivan, Gannon University, Erie, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688157401
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 years

Meet the Author

Vicki Cobb is a pro at explaining the cohesive and adhesive properties of water. but she can never seem to remember that plants like water too! She finally had to decorate her home with artificial plants to keep from killing the live ones.

Ever since Science Experiments You Can Eat, Vicki Cobb has been delighting children, parents, and teachers with the fun of making science discoveries. Now, with the new Science Play series, she sets her sights on the youngest children. who are natural scientists and are always experimenting. Vicki Cobb and her husband divide their time between their homes in White Plains, New York. and Manchester, Vermont.

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Getting Personal

Just because you live in your body doesn't mean that you know it all that well. You can fool it and it can fool you. Your senses do the best they can, but often that's just not good enough. They have some weak points you probably never noticed. Not to worry, though. Little known facts about touch, taste, sight, and hearing are great opportunities for experimenting on yourself and your friends.
Welcome to science — up dose and personal.

Stretching The Truth

Making your lips lie to you

This experiment is not for people who care about keeping up appearances. You're going to have to stretch your face out of shape.

You will need:
  • a piece of stiff cardboard (A businesscard is about the right size.)

  • a friend

Lips are very touch sensitive. Test this out and see for yourself. Close your eyes and mouth. Have a friend gently press the corner of a card between your lips. The card should be held vertically so that its edges press against the upper and lower lip at the same time. Try to determine whether the card is straight up and down or tilted right or left at an angle. Chances are you'll get it right every time.

Now fix it so your lips will lie. Put your right index finger on the skin above your upper lip and pull right. Put your left index finger on the skin under your lower lip and pull left. Again close your eyes. Now have your friend insert the corner of the card between your lips as before. This time, even when the card is straight up and down, it will feel as ifit's slanted.

Insider Information
When the card touches Your lips, the pressure triggers nerves. The brain knows where those nerves are located because you have a lifetime of receiving messages from lined-up lips. But pull them out of alignment, and the brain is fooled. In the absence of sight, the message from your twisted lips is interpreted by your brain to mean that the straight.

Can the brain learn to adjust to twisted lips and interpret things correctly again.? Yes, but it takes time. Scientists had a man wear prism eyeglasses all the time so that everything he saw was upside down. After three weeks of living, like this, he woke up one day and everything appeared right side up. His brain had adjusted. When he took off the glasses, everything was upside down again. Fortunately, the everything was effect wasn't permanent.

You Gotta Try This!. Copyright © by Vicki Cobb. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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