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Film Canister Rocket and Tennis Ball Moon Bounce experiments from The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science.
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The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science presents clear instructions for 64 "daring" experiments. The information is presented clearly and directly. Included in each experiment is a list of items needed (mostly items you can find around the house), a warning listed as "Take Care!", and a scientific explanation called "The Scientific Excuse". Entries are categorized into seven chapters according to scientific theme. Besides the list of contents, there is also a list of experiments arranged by how long each one takes. An introduction is also provided in which "Who Can Do These Experiments" and "How This Book Works" is included.The book's design and illustrations are that of the 1950s pulp fiction look of science magazines. I would recommend this book to students in grades 3-6. The scientific explanation is simple and direct and would lead to a greater understanding of the scientific method at hand.more
Unique and interesting collection of science experiments that can be performed with household (or very easily obtainable) items. The book consists of 64 articles each comprised of a sensational blurb, ingredient list, "Take care!" safety or mess warnings, step-by-step method and finally The Scientific Excuse (the scientific explanation of the principles involved).While the obligatory vinegar/baking soda volcano is included, several variations of this experiment are also inside as well as a number of very cool, fairly simple experiments including the infamous Mentos and diet soda geyser (I wondered about the science involved since I saw it on YouTube), setting crepe paper alight with a lens made of ice, static electricity lightning, several curious experiments with cornstarch colloids, various tricks with air pressure, etc. My 8-year-old son picked out the book and we've been having fun carrying out the experiments. I started skimming it to find suitable candidates to perform together but the style and presentation are interesting enough that I ended up reading it cover to cover. This is a wonderful book for any budding mad scientists and their parents.more

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The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science presents clear instructions for 64 "daring" experiments. The information is presented clearly and directly. Included in each experiment is a list of items needed (mostly items you can find around the house), a warning listed as "Take Care!", and a scientific explanation called "The Scientific Excuse". Entries are categorized into seven chapters according to scientific theme. Besides the list of contents, there is also a list of experiments arranged by how long each one takes. An introduction is also provided in which "Who Can Do These Experiments" and "How This Book Works" is included.The book's design and illustrations are that of the 1950s pulp fiction look of science magazines. I would recommend this book to students in grades 3-6. The scientific explanation is simple and direct and would lead to a greater understanding of the scientific method at hand.more
Unique and interesting collection of science experiments that can be performed with household (or very easily obtainable) items. The book consists of 64 articles each comprised of a sensational blurb, ingredient list, "Take care!" safety or mess warnings, step-by-step method and finally The Scientific Excuse (the scientific explanation of the principles involved).While the obligatory vinegar/baking soda volcano is included, several variations of this experiment are also inside as well as a number of very cool, fairly simple experiments including the infamous Mentos and diet soda geyser (I wondered about the science involved since I saw it on YouTube), setting crepe paper alight with a lens made of ice, static electricity lightning, several curious experiments with cornstarch colloids, various tricks with air pressure, etc. My 8-year-old son picked out the book and we've been having fun carrying out the experiments. I started skimming it to find suitable candidates to perform together but the style and presentation are interesting enough that I ended up reading it cover to cover. This is a wonderful book for any budding mad scientists and their parents.more
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