Wind Can Do Work

Wind Can Do Work

Use your engineering skills to design a windmill, then test how powerful the wind can be!
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Investigate Weather

Investigate Weather

From Climate Change

How is weather different from climate? Weather can be described as day-to-day conditions. From a bright, sunny day to a snowy day, weather can change quickly. Climate, on the other hand, is made up of long-term weather patterns across many years. Let’s explore some of the characteristics of weather.

Edible Climate Zone Map

Edible Climate Zone Map

From Weather and Climate!

The world has many different types of climates. The United States has several different climate zones as well. With this edible map, you can tell your family about summer climates—after you chew!

Archimedes Screw

Archimedes Screw

From The Water Cycle!

Greek scientist Archimedes (288–212 BCE) invented a device to move water from a river to a farmer’s field. This device—called the Archimedes’ screw—is a tube with a large spiral inside. When you place the tube in water and turn it, the spiral pushes the water up. Try it!

Lava Gas!

Lava Gas!

From Rocks and Minerals!

Lava has gas trapped in it. How does it compare to the gas in soda that some people drink?



"It’s an interactive, easy to read journey beginning with an informative Introduction followed by 6 chapters. Great learning experiences throughout. Future scientists will love this title along with anyone else who usually finds science not to their liking."

Praise for previous editions of Renewable Energy

“The amazing potential of the resources all around us . . . take center stage in this project-based STEAM resource from the Build it Yourself series. The book is an exciting read, not just because of the future potential for alternative energy sources, but also because of the existent, real-world success stories of wind farms, hydroelectric dams, and solar panels.”

School Library Journal
Owing to an overreliance on fossil fuels, the need for renewable energy has become urgent. Examining the benefits and trade-offs of solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, wave, and biofuel energy, this work offers information and hands-on projects.  A useful addition for larger collections with students studying renewable energy sources.”

Detailed Book Description

How do we heat our homes, light our rooms, and power our cars? With energy! And the type of energy we use matters to our health and the health of the planet. 

In Renewable Energy: Power the World with Sustainable Fuel, scientists ages 9 to 12 learn how switching from nonrenewable energy sources to renewable ones can help make our homes, businesses, cities, and world better, healthier places. What are those renewable resources? Solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and bioenergy!

Renewable energy has a long history, and recent advances in technology are changing communities around the planet, from those on tiny islands to massive countries. Learn about which energy sources are best for different uses and how we need to use all renewable resources available to help curb the climate crisis. Plus, gain a deep understanding of the kinds of jobs that will be waiting in renewable energy fields!

Hands-on projects, essential questions, links to online primary sources, and science-minded prompts to think more about energy, the environment, and the repercussions of our choices make this book a key addition to classrooms and libraries.

Try these hands-on STEAM activities!

  • Experiment with water pressure
  • Design a solar oven
  • Build a wind turbine
  • Make a landfill
Available In:
Hardcover, $24.95
Paperback, $19.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science



Introduction: The Race to Power Our Planet

Chapter 1: Sunlight, Sunlight, Is It Too Bright

Chapter 2: Catching the Wind

Chapter 3: The Power of Water

Chapter 4: Tapping into Mother Earth

Chapter 5: Veggie Power

Chapter 6: Powering the Planet

Metric Conversions
Essential Questions