Magnetic Field Viewer

Magnetic Field Viewer

You can see magnetic fields in action with this easy-to-make viewer.
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Build a Craft Stick Catapult

Build a Craft Stick Catapult

From Engines!

Ancient armies used catapults in battle. But the catapult has been used as recently as World War I. In that war, soldiers used catapults to toss hand grenades at the enemy. Today, catapults are used to launch planes off the decks of huge ships called aircraft carriers. Because the runway is short on an aircraft carrier, the catapult helps get the plane into the air quickly. Try making your own!

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Explore Friction on a Ramp

Explore Friction on a Ramp

From The Physics of Fun

One part of physics that affects everything you do is friction! Friction is a force that occurs when two surfaces rub against each other. Smoother surfaces generate less friction, while rough or bumpy surfaces generate more friction. Check it out!

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The STEM in Your Closet

The STEM in Your Closet

From The Science of Fashion

Have you ever really thought about what kind of science, engineering, and technology actually go into making your clothes? Now is your chance! The zipper on your jacket was at one time an engineering miracle. The shirt that has built-in protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays is a scientific innovation that helps to keep you healthy. There is a world of science and engineering in your closet. Just open the door.

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Build the Eiffel Tower

Build the Eiffel Tower

From The Science and Technology of Marie Curie

Built in 1889 for the World Exposition, the Eiffel Tower honored the French Revolution. It also showcased national engineering and design expertise to an audience of global visitors. Originally intended as a temporary monument, it remains one of the world’s most visited landmarks. The structure of the tower itself is actually quite simple! To understand how its rivets and beams join, build a model of your own.

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Reviews

Bookworm for Kids

“From static electricity to circuits and beyond, a broad spectrum of everything surrounding electricity comes to light with facts and hands-on possibilities.

And this book is packed with information. Not only are various aspects, theories, and facts, but there are links to videos and more. Questions sprinkled here and there invite to deeper thought, while vocabulary corners reinforce important terms. Extra accounts and side-information are held in extra frames to offer a well-rounded view into the themes. And there are several experiments at the end of each chapter, which give readers a chance to get hands on and explore on their own. Add a quick glossary/vocabulary quiz at the end of the book, and it's got a bit of everything needed to really dive into the subject.”

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Praise for Robotics! With 25 Science Projects for Kids

School Library Connections

In addition to multiple ideas for projects available at the end of each chapter, there are games, journal ideas, flowcharts to help with planning, information about coding, and even jokes. All these "extras" will keep young readers interested and involved in the book. This is an excellent addition to any library serving elementary to middle grade students. Recommended.

Praise for a previous edition of Electricity!

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“With a heavy emphasis on STEM and engaging trivia, this well-designed title is a quality introduction to the basics of electricity.”

Detailed Book Description

It’s everywhere. In our homes, schools, offices, on the train, in our cars—even inside our bodies!

Electricity: Circuits, Static, and Electromagnets with Hands-On Science Activities explores the science of electricity and the technology we’ve developed to harness the energy to power our lives. By diving into the topics of static electricity, currents, circuits, electromagnetism, motors, and ways we might produce and use electricity in the future, kids ages 8 to 12 gain a full view of how electricity works and why it’s so important to human society.

And while it’s tempting to think electricity was invented by humans, it existed since before the earth was even formed! In this book, we’ll examine the electricity found in nature and even inside our own bodies.

Hands-on STEM activities, entertaining illustrations, essential questions, fascinating sidebars, and links to online resources and videos get kids hooked on the fascinating subject they all use in their daily lives—electricity!

Try these hands-on STEM activities!

  • Build a water turbine
  • Make a simple motor
  • Build a capacitator
  • Create a simple closed circuit
  • Design a flashlight
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
9781647410032
Paperback, $17.95
9781647410063
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 112 pages
Subject: Science

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Introduction
The Power of Zap!

Chapter 1
Static Electricity

Chapter 2
Currents

Chapter 3
Circuits

Chapter 4
Electromagnetism

Chapter 5
Motors and Generators

Chapter 6
Earth-Friendly Electricity

Glossary
Metric Conversions
Resources
Essential Questions
Index