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Discover the chemistry in your kitchen!

Why does tomato sauce taste different from fresh tomatoes? Why does pasta go limp when you cook it in boiling water? What makes ice cream melt?

What better place to learn the fundamentals of chemistry than in the kitchen? In The Chemistry of Food, kids learn the science behind the food they love to eat as they explore the chemistry within the meal, how nutrition works, what creates flavor, and why texture is important. This book offers detailed explanations of five ways chemistry is part of the food they eat.

Hands-on, science-minded investigations, links to online resources and media, career connections, and text-to-world questions all create a delicious learning experience. Plus recipes!

Try these hands-on chemistry projects!

•  Use salt and ice to make ice cream
•  Discover what food additives are in your kitchen
•  Find out how starches work
•  Solve the mystery behind the color of cola

Uncover the science in your closet!

What kind of sneakers are you wearing right now? What material is your shirt made out of? And how did all of these clothes and accessories get made and arrive at a store for you to try on and buy?

In The Science of Fashion, learn how science, technology, and engineering make the entire fashion industry possible! Most people tend to think of fashion designers and scientists as occupying two completely different worlds, but the truth is, the fashion business is completely dependent on and intertwined with science and engineering. The computer technology used in fashion design, the science behind dyes and special treatments such as waterproofing, and the engineering innovations in manufacturing of fast fashion are just a few of the ways the fashion world and the science and engineering world meet.

Hands-on engineering projects, links to online resources, career connections, and essential questions get kids engaged with the science of what they wear!

Try these hands-on science projects!

•  Create your own natural dyes
•  Deconstruct the sewing robot
•  Explore the psychology of color

Learn physics on the fly!

Why are you able to jump higher from a trampoline than from the ground? What forces are at work when you do an ollie on a skateboard?

The answer is: physics! In The Physics of Fun, kids ages 12 to 15 explore the science behind awesome activities that kids love. From Newton’s laws of motion to the behavior of electrons, the science of physics is an integral part of any amusement park, play center, video arcade, or home gaming center.

Links to online media, discussion questions, and career connections offer middle schoolers the chance to do some real, hands-on science around fun activities they already enjoy!

Try these STEM activities!

•  Use a skateboard to demonstrate inertia
•  Investigate the transfer and conservation  of energy on a trampoline
•  Build a guitar to explore sound waves

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