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It's coming sooner than you think--the time to prepare for the next science fair! For projects, for presentation, for blue-ribbon winning ideas, there's no better place to come than here.
From thinking of a unique science fair experiment to putting fabulous finishing touches on the display, this cool collection of smart and illustrated projects gives budding scientists everything they need to put together a winner--and have fun doing it, too. Kids have seen all the tricks, and they're tired of science fair books that show them (yawn) how to make the "been there, done that" volcano or another boring model of the solar system. Here are experiments they really want to do, on subjects such as slime, magic sand, video games, mummies, dog germs, horoscopes, bicycles, and more. The whole science fair experience is broken down into small, manageable steps, so youngsters won't feel overwhelmed. All safety precautions are taken, with notes on parental supervision, when necessary.
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Joe Rhatigan has taught middle and high school, and was a copywriter and marketing manager for a major book publisher. He currently lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina, as the Children's Book Editor for Lark Books.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8 - Fifty experiments in biology, the physical sciences, and chemistry are presented in an attractive and easy-to-follow format and illustrated with sharp photographs of children and of the materials needed. One of the book's strengths is the first chapter about choosing and doing a project. Ideas include checking out the validity of horoscopes, mummifying fish, testing the effectiveness of sunscreens, and testing spray-on water repellents. Students are shown how to create their own equipment whenever possible, although some of the experiments require purchase of materials. Adult assistance is indicated when necessary. Extensions of experiments are suggested in sections titled "What Else You Can Do." Each project includes an open-ended question, a list of supplies, and step-by-step instructions. The spacious format is several cuts above average for this kind of book. This title adds to Rhatigan and Heather Smith's Sure-to-Win Science Fair Projects (Lark, 2001) and may even entice reluctant students to try more challenging projects. - Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH
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