Explore Electricity! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Electricity! With 25 Great Projects

Electricity is part of our modern-day lives in ways that Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison could never have imagined. Lights, computers, televisions, phones, toys, medicine—our world revolves around electricity. Explore Electricity! introduces readers ages 6–9 to the workings of batteries, simple circuits, conductors and insulators, motors and generators, and magnetism, and the ways we’re working toward more Earth-friendly power. The book invites kids to experiment with 25 simple projects that will “spark” their learning and enthusiasm.

Projects include making a simple motor, as well as creating and experimenting with an electromagnet. Fun bits of trivia, sidebars, and jokes help “charge” up young readers to explore the force that can be found everywhere—from inside their bodies to the animal world to the sky above them.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $13.95
  • eBook, $9.95

Grade Level 3–4

Ages 7–10

GRL V

Subjects

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Physics
  • STEM - STEAM

Author
 

Illustrator
Bryan Stone 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • black and white interior
  • 96 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Charts
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619301801

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Electricity is part of our modern-day lives in ways that Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison could never have imagined. Lights, computers, televisions, phones, toys, medicine—our world revolves around electricity. Explore Electricity! introduces readers ages 6–9 to the workings of batteries, simple circuits, conductors and insulators, motors and generators, and magnetism, and the ways we’re working toward more Earth-friendly power. The book invites kids to experiment with 25 simple projects that will “spark” their learning and enthusiasm.

Projects include making a simple motor, as well as creating and experimenting with an electromagnet. Fun bits of trivia, sidebars, and jokes help “charge” up young readers to explore the force that can be found everywhere—from inside their bodies to the animal world to the sky above them.


Reviews

National Science Teachers Association Recommends (NSTA.org)
Explore Electricity is written for an elementary age level, but middle school students would enjoy learning about historical background on electricity while completing the electricity projects. The contents of this book will captivate students with the electrifying topics. . . This book is a well–written resource for classroom teachers, students, and parents.”

Booklist
“With a heavy emphasis on STEM and engaging trivia, this well-designed title is a quality introduction to the basics of electricity. Van Vleet puts humankind’s fascination with electricity in historical context and briefly discusses our dependency on electrical energy. Circuits, electromagnetism, batteries, and lightning are all topics explored in informational text with embedded experimental projects . . .”

Children’s Literature Review
“Part of the ‘Explore Your World’ series, Van Vleet, walks us through the basic physics of electricity and unlike other books of this ilk, she follows up each explanation with an easy demonstration that drives the point home. For example, she explains that ‘a watt is a unit of power . . . the higher the watts, the more power and the more work that can be done.’ . . . The book covers the following topics: static electricity, currents, circuits, electromagnetism, motors and generators, and finally earth-friendly electricity . . . In another nice layout feature, Stone has feature a drawing of a circuit board on the edges of the pages that hold experiments, making it easier to turn directly to the hands-on portion of the book. For kids who want and need hands-on applications to understand otherwise abstract science, this book is a winner.”

Bookloons.com
“Children six years of age and older will discover 25 projects in this book which will allow them to explore the wonders of electricity. . . Both home schooling families and teachers will find this book a handy aid when it comes to teaching a youngster about electricity.”

Dr. Karen Panetta, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tufts University
“Power, energy and electronics dominate our lives, yet very few people understand how electricity works or the exciting opportunities waiting out there for future electrical engineers to conquer. Carmella Van Vleet has created a timely and exciting resource for youth and anyone who wants to understand how electricity and power is generated. The exercises she presents are fun, low-cost, and a great way to engage your entire family to learn about and appreciate the great innovations electricity has brought to our lives.”

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
“Great title! Explore Electricity! gives students the opportunity to learn about electricity and its impact on society—past, present, and future. Will make a perfect supplemental text for the STEM program grades 4–8.”

Troy McBride, Chief Technology Officer, SustainX, Inc. & Norwich Technologies, Inc.
“This is the kind of book that we need—hands-on science and technology written for children.”


Look Inside

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Projects

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Electroscope

William Gilbert used a device called a versorium to test an object’s charge. You can make a similar device to see static electricity at work.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

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For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.



More Details

Grade Level: 3–4
Ages: 7–10
GRL: V
Subjects: Engineering & Technology, Physics, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 96 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

National Science Teachers Association Recommends (NSTA.org)
Explore Electricity is written for an elementary age level, but middle school students would enjoy learning about historical background on electricity while completing the electricity projects. The contents of this book will captivate students with the electrifying topics. . . This book is a well–written resource for classroom teachers, students, and parents.”

Booklist
“With a heavy emphasis on STEM and engaging trivia, this well-designed title is a quality introduction to the basics of electricity. Van Vleet puts humankind’s fascination with electricity in historical context and briefly discusses our dependency on electrical energy. Circuits, electromagnetism, batteries, and lightning are all topics explored in informational text with embedded experimental projects . . .”

Children’s Literature Review
“Part of the ‘Explore Your World’ series, Van Vleet, walks us through the basic physics of electricity and unlike other books of this ilk, she follows up each explanation with an easy demonstration that drives the point home. For example, she explains that ‘a watt is a unit of power . . . the higher the watts, the more power and the more work that can be done.’ . . . The book covers the following topics: static electricity, currents, circuits, electromagnetism, motors and generators, and finally earth-friendly electricity . . . In another nice layout feature, Stone has feature a drawing of a circuit board on the edges of the pages that hold experiments, making it easier to turn directly to the hands-on portion of the book. For kids who want and need hands-on applications to understand otherwise abstract science, this book is a winner.”

Bookloons.com
“Children six years of age and older will discover 25 projects in this book which will allow them to explore the wonders of electricity. . . Both home schooling families and teachers will find this book a handy aid when it comes to teaching a youngster about electricity.”

Dr. Karen Panetta, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tufts University
“Power, energy and electronics dominate our lives, yet very few people understand how electricity works or the exciting opportunities waiting out there for future electrical engineers to conquer. Carmella Van Vleet has created a timely and exciting resource for youth and anyone who wants to understand how electricity and power is generated. The exercises she presents are fun, low-cost, and a great way to engage your entire family to learn about and appreciate the great innovations electricity has brought to our lives.”

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
“Great title! Explore Electricity! gives students the opportunity to learn about electricity and its impact on society—past, present, and future. Will make a perfect supplemental text for the STEM program grades 4–8.”

Troy McBride, Chief Technology Officer, SustainX, Inc. & Norwich Technologies, Inc.
“This is the kind of book that we need—hands-on science and technology written for children.”


Projects

project image

Electroscope

William Gilbert used a device called a versorium to test an object’s charge. You can make a similar device to see static electricity at work.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

author image
For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.