Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects (Smithsonian)
This fantastic STEM science idea book contains 28 simple, yet exciting experiments! For any young adventurer, science lover, or engineer, the ideas in this book will be fascinating to try out and discover. Experiments include things such as how to make invisible ink, how to create a dessert with ice cream that can be baked, how to make a water-wheel pully system, and so much more!
With each experiment is an introduction to the project which includes a finished picture, reasons for why the project will be helpful, and other interesting facts about the featured experiment. The instructions for each project include the following: a summary paragraph explaining how to complete the project, a photo-illustrated ingredient list with contents labeled, how much time the project will take, the difficulty level, any warnings about the experiment (i.e. hot oven needed, adult supervision required, etc.), step-by-step instructions (each including a picture of that step), a “Take it Further” section with an idea of adding a twist to the project, and information on how the scientific experiment relates to functions in the “Real World.” Each of the projects have a various number of ingredients required, most of which are common household items or supplies. 160 pgs, hc.
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.
A fantastic STEM idea book for the budding scientist in your family. The books are filled with projects, and an array of activities that encourage children to build, invent, create, and discover. Each activity includes a project introduction, interesting facts about the activity, step- by-step instructions including a list of supplies, and explanations. Household or easily found items are required. Parental oversight is recommended for the activities.