The Kitchen Pantry Scientist Chemistry for Kids: Science Experiments and Activities Inspired by Awesome Chemists, Past and Present; Includes 25 Illustrated Biographies of Amazing Scientists from Around the World

The Kitchen Pantry Scientist Chemistry for Kids: Science Experiments and Activities Inspired by Awesome Chemists, Past and Present; Includes 25 Illustrated Biographies of Amazing Scientists from Around the World

by Liz Lee Heinecke


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* 2021 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in Middle Grade Longlist
* 2021 NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book 
* 2021 EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Honor Book

Replicate a chemical reaction similar to one Marie Curie used to purify radioactive elements! Distill perfume using a method created in ancient Mesopotamia by a woman named Tapputi! Aspiring chemists will discover these and more amazing role models and memorable experiments in Chemistry for Kids, the debut book of The Kitchen Pantry Scientist series.

This engaging guide offers a series of snapshots of 25 scientists famous for their work with chemistry, from ancient history through today. Each lab tells the story of a scientist along with some background about the importance of their work, and a description of where it is still being used or reflected in today’s world.

A step-by-step illustrated experiment paired with each story offers kids a hands-on opportunity for exploring concepts the scientists pursued, or are working on today. Experiments range from very simple projects using materials you probably already have on hand, to more complicated ones that may require a few inexpensive items you can purchase online. Just a few of the incredible people and scientific concepts you'll explore:

Galen (b. 129 AD)
Make soap from soap base, oil, and citrus peels.
Modern application: medical disinfectants

Joseph Priestly (b. 1733)
Carbonate a beverage using CO2 from yeast or baking soda and vinegar mixture.
Modern application: soda fountains

Alessandra Volta (b. 1745)
Make a battery using a series of lemons and use it to light an LED.
Modern application: car battery

Tu Youyou (b. 1930)
Extract compounds from plants.
Modern application: pharmaceuticals and cosmetics

People have been tinkering with chemistry for thousands of years. Whether out of curiosity or by necessity, Homo sapiens have long loved to play with fire: mixing and boiling concoctions to see what interesting, beautiful, and useful amalgamations they could create. Early humans ground pigments to create durable paint for cave walls, and over the next 70 thousand years or so as civilizations took hold around the globe, people learned to make better medicines and discovered how to extract, mix, and smelt metals for cooking vessels, weapons, and jewelry. Early chemists distilled perfume, made soap, and perfected natural inks and dyes.

Modern chemistry was born around 250 years ago, when measurement, mathematics, and the scientific method were officially applied to experimentation. In 1896, after the first draft of the periodic table was published, scientists rushed to fill in the blanks. The elemental discoveries that followed gave scientists the tools to visualize the building blocks of matter for the first time in history, and they proceeded to deconstruct the atom. Since then, discovery has accelerated at an unprecedented rate. At times, modern chemistry and its creations have caused heartbreaking, unthinkable harm, but more often than not, it makes our lives better.

With this fascinating, hands-on exploration of the history of chemistry, inspire the next generation of great scientists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631598302
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Series: Kitchen Pantry Scientist Series , #1
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 105,792
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 7 - 12 Years

About the Author

Liz Lee Heinecke has loved science since she was old enough to inspect her first butterfly. After working in molecular biology research for 10 years and earning her master’s degree, she left the lab to kick off a new chapter in her life as a stay-at-home mom. Soon, she found herself sharing her love of science with her three kids as they grew, chronicling their science adventures on her KitchenPantryScientist website. Her desire to share her enthusiasm for science led to regular television appearances, an opportunity to serve as an Earth Ambassador for NASA, and the creation of an iPhone app. Her goal is to make it simple for parents to do science with kids of all ages, and for kids to experiment safely on their own. Liz graduated from Luther College and received her master’s degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Kitchen Science Lab for Kids, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible Edition, Outdoor Science Lab for Kids, STEAM Lab for Kids, and Little Learning Labs: Kitchen Science for Kids. Her namesake series, The Kitchen Pantry Scientist, pairs illustrated biographies with engaging hands-on activities inspired by their work. Current titles in that series include: Chemistry for Kids. Biology for Kids, and Physics for Kids.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Lab 1 Fragrance Distillation Tapputi-Belatikallim b. 1200 BCE* 11

Lab 2 Soap Galen b. 129 CE* 15

Lab 3 Evaporation Jabir ibn Hayyan b. 815 CE* 19

Lab 4 Carbonation Joseph Priestley b. 1733 23

Lab 5 Oxidation Antoine Lavoisier b. 1743 29

Lab 6 Chemical Batteries Alessandro Volta b. 1745 33

Lab 7 Synthetic Dyes William Henry Perkin b. 1838 37

Lab 8 The Periodic Table Dmitri Mendeleev b. 1834 41

Lab 9 Temperature and Chemical Reactions Svante August Arrhenius b. 1859 45

Lab 10 Surface Tension Agnes Pockels b. 1862 49

Lab 11 Elemental Extraction Marie Curie b. 1867 55

Lab 12 The PH Scale S. P. L. Sørensen b. 1868 61

Lab 13 Chromatography Mikhail Tsvet b. 1872 67

Lab 14 Organic Oil Extraction Alice Ball b. 1892 71

Lab 15 The Cori Cycle Gerty Cori b. 1896 75

Lab 16 The Nuclear Shell Model Maria Goeppert-Mayer b. 1906 79

Lab 17 Dispersion of Environmental Contaminants Rachel Carson b. 1907 83

Lab 18 Organic Compounds and Ultraviolet Light Anna Jane Harrison b. 1912 87

Lab 19 DNA Structure Rosalind Franklin b. 1920 91

Lab 20 Molecular Sieves Edith Flanigen b. 1929 95

Lab 21 Medicinal Plant Compounds Tu Youyou b. 1930 99

Lab 22 Ribosome Structure Ada Yonath b. 1939 103

Lab 23 Crystallography Margaret Cairns Etter b. 1943 107

Lab 24 Olfactory Chemistry Linda Buck b. 1947 111

Lab 25 Colormetric Sensors Rayachelle Burks b. 1975 115

Glossary 120

Resources and References 121

The Periodic Table 122

Acknowledgments 124

About the Author 124

About the Photographer 125

About the Illustrator 125

Index 126

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