Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power & How We Get It

Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power & How We Get It

Energy is a vital part of our lives. It powers our computer, lights our home, and moves our car. It also costs a lot of money and pollutes our environment. In Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It kids ages 9–12 learn about the history and science of the world’s energy sources, from nonrenewable fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas to renewable sources such as solar and wind power.

Sidebars and fun trivia break up the text, making it easily accessible and engaging, while hands-on projects encourage active learning. Requiring little adult supervision and using supplies commonly found in most households, activities range from constructing a battery to recreating an oil spill to see how difficult cleanup can be.

By exploring the advantages and disadvantages of each energy source, kids will gain insight into the future of energy and its impact on our planet.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $15.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL S

Subjects

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Physics
  • STEM - STEAM

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Energy is a vital part of our lives. It powers our computer, lights our home, and moves our car. It also costs a lot of money and pollutes our environment. In Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It kids ages 9–12 learn about the history and science of the world’s energy sources, from nonrenewable fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas to renewable sources such as solar and wind power.

Sidebars and fun trivia break up the text, making it easily accessible and engaging, while hands-on projects encourage active learning. Requiring little adult supervision and using supplies commonly found in most households, activities range from constructing a battery to recreating an oil spill to see how difficult cleanup can be.

By exploring the advantages and disadvantages of each energy source, kids will gain insight into the future of energy and its impact on our planet.


Connect Magazine
Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It, by Kathleen M. Reilly, is a good collection of information and activities that introduce and compare both renewable and nonrenewable resources. Twenty-five projects are included for creating a variety of models, simulations, and experiments to give readers hands-on experiences in energy and power generation. As is true of many of these resources, some explanations of manufacturing and risks may seem biased, so it would be good for a classroom study to include other sources of information to see how they compare. This book has many good ideas for activities that can be completed as a class, in small groups, or individually. Students in second through sixth grade would benefit most from this book, a 2009 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winner.”

School Librarian’s Workshop
“Energy is a necessary resource that comes in many forms and is used in many different ways. This book defines and explains a dozen kinds of energy from electricity and petroleum to solar power and geothermal energy in a way that middle grade students will understands. It includes illustrations, sidebars and 25 projects to help them comprehend the text plus an interesting chapter on ‘The Future of Energy’ and how students can perform a home energy audit.”

Children’s Literature Evaluation and Review (CLEAR)
“Giving kids a hands-on opportunity to see energy in action, these 25 projects are an exciting introduction to the ways this hot topic affects both world politics and everyday lives. The tough topics of energy shortages are covered with enthusiasm in a lively discussion so kids can make educated, positive changes for their future.”

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA.org)
“Why we need power and how we get it are the topics addressed by this wonderfully informative book for middle school children; it teaches them about the sources of the energy used in everyday life. In this day and age, our students need to be educated on which resources are renewable and nonrenewable and why it is important that all resources be utilized.”

Old Schoolhouse Magazine
“Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It is a wonderful book for a science-loving kid. It’s recommended for ages 9-12, but my 7 and 8-year-old sons enjoyed it as much as my 10-year-old son. This is one of those wonderful books that you can leave strategically placed for your child to pick up, and the next thing you know they’re coming to you asking for supplies to do the activities. They’re learning and don’t even know it! . . . I learned a lot about energy from reading this book, and so did my sons. I would absolutely recommend Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It.”

Dan Kammen Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley Founding Directror, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory
This book is great fun, with energy education and visualization projects that will inspire middle-school to high school students and adults alike. It is high-time that someone captured the excitement and importance of energy, and Kathleen Reilly has done a clear and engaging job, and one that I can see capturing attention in schools, science camps, and in homes across the country.”

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Simple Energy Car

With this simple car, you’ll see the difference between stored energy and kinetic energy. When the rubber band is twisted tight, it’s packed with potential energy—stored up and ready for anything. When you release the rubber band, the potential energy is converted into kinetic energy—and your car moves. Try different sizes of rubber bands to see the difference in output.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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Kathleen M. Reilly

Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC.


Mary Takacs-Moore

Mary received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Kutztown University in 1995. After working in the graphics department of a leading swimsuit manufacturer for several years, she has recently returned to college to continue her studies in graphic design. Mary lives in Pennsylvania with her family.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: S
Subjects: Engineering & Technology, Physics, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Connect Magazine
Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It, by Kathleen M. Reilly, is a good collection of information and activities that introduce and compare both renewable and nonrenewable resources. Twenty-five projects are included for creating a variety of models, simulations, and experiments to give readers hands-on experiences in energy and power generation. As is true of many of these resources, some explanations of manufacturing and risks may seem biased, so it would be good for a classroom study to include other sources of information to see how they compare. This book has many good ideas for activities that can be completed as a class, in small groups, or individually. Students in second through sixth grade would benefit most from this book, a 2009 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winner.”

School Librarian’s Workshop
“Energy is a necessary resource that comes in many forms and is used in many different ways. This book defines and explains a dozen kinds of energy from electricity and petroleum to solar power and geothermal energy in a way that middle grade students will understands. It includes illustrations, sidebars and 25 projects to help them comprehend the text plus an interesting chapter on ‘The Future of Energy’ and how students can perform a home energy audit.”

Children’s Literature Evaluation and Review (CLEAR)
“Giving kids a hands-on opportunity to see energy in action, these 25 projects are an exciting introduction to the ways this hot topic affects both world politics and everyday lives. The tough topics of energy shortages are covered with enthusiasm in a lively discussion so kids can make educated, positive changes for their future.”

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA.org)
“Why we need power and how we get it are the topics addressed by this wonderfully informative book for middle school children; it teaches them about the sources of the energy used in everyday life. In this day and age, our students need to be educated on which resources are renewable and nonrenewable and why it is important that all resources be utilized.”

Old Schoolhouse Magazine
“Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It is a wonderful book for a science-loving kid. It’s recommended for ages 9-12, but my 7 and 8-year-old sons enjoyed it as much as my 10-year-old son. This is one of those wonderful books that you can leave strategically placed for your child to pick up, and the next thing you know they’re coming to you asking for supplies to do the activities. They’re learning and don’t even know it! . . . I learned a lot about energy from reading this book, and so did my sons. I would absolutely recommend Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It.”

Dan Kammen Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley Founding Directror, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory
This book is great fun, with energy education and visualization projects that will inspire middle-school to high school students and adults alike. It is high-time that someone captured the excitement and importance of energy, and Kathleen Reilly has done a clear and engaging job, and one that I can see capturing attention in schools, science camps, and in homes across the country.”


Projects

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Simple Energy Car

With this simple car, you’ll see the difference between stored energy and kinetic energy. When the rubber band is twisted tight, it’s packed with potential energy—stored up and ready for anything. When you release the rubber band, the potential energy is converted into kinetic energy—and your car moves. Try different sizes of rubber bands to see the difference in output.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Kathleen M. Reilly

Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC.

Mary Takacs-Moore

Mary received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Kutztown University in 1995. After working in the graphics department of a leading swimsuit manufacturer for several years, she has recently returned to college to continue her studies in graphic design. Mary lives in Pennsylvania with her family.