In this fascinating illustrated resource, engineer William Gurstelle explains how to safely construct twelve devices that can launch objects great distances with materials that can be readily obtained from the local hardware store. Packed with clear instructions, diagrams, and black and white photographs, and troubleshooting tips, this publication equips builders to make simple devices such as a ping-pong ball shooter, or more complex creations like a hydro swivel cannon. With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also explains the physics’ principles behind each project as well as historical examples of when similar artillery devices were designed or used. This thought-provoking book will help many students get involved with hands-on projects that will be both entertaining and instructive. 128 pgs, pb. ~ Mike
Garage warriors will get a bang out of this new handbook from the author of Backyard Ballistics that shows how to build cannons and other fun things that shoot, from Wiffle ball launchers and beverage bottle bazookas to superpowered water guns and model culverins. In Ready the Cannons!, engineer William Gurstelle breaks down how to safely construct a dozen awesome artillery devices in your basic home workshops using easy-to-find household or hardware store materials. Clear instructions, diagrams, and photographs illustrate how to build projects ranging from the simple--a supersonic Ping-Pong ball shooter--to the more complex--a replica of the Napoleon Cannon. With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also gives tips on troubleshooting, tells the history of how and when the artillery devices were used, and explains the physics behind the projects. This book will be indispensable for the legions of backyard watergunners, model-rocket launchers, and fireworks fanatics who wish every day were the Fourth of July.
Science is all around us, so Explore! Each book contains 25 projects in an easy to follow format and provides simple, hands-on opportunities in a variety of science areas. Make a mold of an animal track or build a terrarium to see the water cycle in action in Rivers and Ponds. Create shadow puppets or plant a garden that blooms at night in Night Science! Make your own stalactite or grow your own crystals in Rocks and Minerals. Construct a simple circuit, paperclip switch and a solar oven in Electricity. For each chapter in the book, textual information is included with vocabulary words listed in bold with definitions. Projects are listed along with a supply list and numbered instructions. A glossary, resource page, and index are found at the back of the book. Great resources to enhance your science or unit studies and bring some fun back to science! Approx. 90 pgs each. PB. ~Donna/Deanne