Maker lab 28 super cool projects : build, invent, create, discover

Jack Challoner

Book - 2016

Learn about science in your own home kitchen using everyday materials. Put together a school project or simply make something incredible to share with your friends! --

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New York, New York : DK Publishing 2016.
First American edition
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
160 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Ages 8-12.
Grades 7-9.
Main Author
Jack Challoner (author)
Corporate Author
Smithsonian Enterprises (contributor)
  • Food for thought
  • Around the home
  • Water world
  • The great outdoors.
Review by Booklist Reviews

With all the style and intellectual authority that readers would expect from the Smithsonian's DK series, this book affirms that science is not strictly a discipline to be studied behind a school desk, but rather is a demonstrable set of principles and properties that can be reinforced using simple found objects. This principle is eloquently supported in a forward written by Jack Andraka, a young scientist who pioneered new means of cancer detection at the age of fifteen. Directions are clear, materials are easily accessible, and results are rooted in fundamental principles of physics and chemistry. Each experiment can be completed at home, but is also easily adapted to a large-group classroom setting. Though not all projects are innovative, what sets this book apart is that each experiment is accompanied by real-world applications that tie new observations to kids' existing understanding and offer endless opportunities for STEM-related discussions. Not only are young scientists encouraged to experiment, they are challenged to apply the information gleaned to real-world problem-solving. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Written in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, this book features more than two dozen hands-on experiments divided into four sections built around food, common household items, water, and the outdoors. Rated by difficulty level, the activities are clearly explained in both step-by-step instructions and accompanying color photographs. They include cooking marshmallows and baked Alaska, using tape and colored paper to make a double helix DNA model, creating a miniature ecosystem with a potted plant placed inside half of a plastic bottle; and making homemade bath fizzies using cream of tartar and baking soda. Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka, who invented an early cancer detection test, contributes a foreword to this accessible and wide-ranging exploration of multiple aspects of the sciences. Ages 8–12. (July) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3 Up—Spinning off of the popularity of maker spaces and capitalizing on the call for STEM-based products, this title offers a plethora of engaging projects that will capture the attention and curiosity of students from lower elementary (with guidance) through high school. Divided into four categories, "Food for Thought," "Around the Home," "Water World," and "The Great Outdoors," the projects are accompanied by clear directions, attractive photos, and the scientific principles behind each topic. The colorful, well-staged photos focus on the ingredients and steps involved in each project and are relatively timeless-looking—no trendy clothes to age the book later on and no photos of very young participants to turn off older readers. Some tasks, such as Sticky Slime, are familiar but still serve well as fun and educational learning experiences. Others, like Baked Alaska and sugar crystal lollipops, require a full kitchen, or a very strong Bunsen burner at least. Other projects, such as the DNA Model and Sensational Speakers, will appeal to older readers. With projects such as Bath Fizzies and Icy Orbs, this selection has something for everyone. VERDICT Public and school libraries should consider this volume for inventive students and quick event ideas.—Sarah Knutson, American Canyon Middle School, CA [Page 120]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Created in association with the Smithsonian, a treasury of kid-friendly activities for aspiring young inventors combines engaging facts with vibrant photographs that explain basic scientific concepts and includes instructions for such projects as an exploding volcano, bath fizzies and an eggshell geode.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Presents over two dozen simple science activities using food, common household items, water, and the outdoors.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Supporting STEAM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, the National Parenting Publication Award-winner Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors' wheels turning and make science pure fun.Each step-by-step activity is appropriate for kids ages 8–12, and ranked easy, medium, or hard, with an estimated time frame for completion. Requiring only household materials, young makers can build an exploding volcano, race balloon rocket cars, construct a lemon battery, make sticky slime, and more. Photographs and facts carefully detail the "why" and "how" of each experiment using real-world examples to provide context so kids can gain a deeper understanding of the scientific principles applied.With a foreword by Jack Andraka, a teen award-winning inventor, Maker Lab will help kids find their inner inventor and create winning projects for school projects, science fairs, and beyond.