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MOM KNOWS IT ALL 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry
The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry walks readers through fun experiments thaat will teach them about science. This book would be the perfect gift for any child who has or is developing an interest in science. I’ve always believed that people learn better when they’re interested in the subject matter, and when they’re having fun. This book makes both possible.
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The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry: 24 Experiments for Young Scientists
- Author: Sean Connolly
- Age Range: 9 – 14 years
- Grade Level: 4 – 7
- Series: Irresponsible Science
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (October 30, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761180109
- ISBN-13: 978-0761180104
- Purchase on Amazon
In this introduction to chemistry for STEM-curious kids ages 9 and up, each chapter of The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry focuses on a single element—its properties, how it was discovered, and even its potential danger level. Easy-to-follow experiments help readers put their newfound knowledge into action. All that’s needed is a sense of adventure and some items from around the house.
Make your own fossil with silicon. Use a pinhead and measure 166 feet of string for a mind-boggling insight into how a hydrogen atom is built. Discover oxygen and oxygenation by slicing an apple and seeing what happens an hour later. Harness the power of zinc with a potato clock. And enjoy a special hands-off feature about the “Dirty Dozen”—those nasty elements, from arsenic to plutonium, that can wreak havoc wherever they appear (there are no experiments using these chemicals). Matter really matters, and now you’ll really understand why.
The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry: 24 Experiments for Young Scientists turns questions like “Why does helium make balloons float?” and “How does fluoride protect teeth?” into learning opportunities. It’s a journey through the periodic table of elements with the master of daring STEM books, Sean Connolly. Ingeniously marrying science and fun, it is a perfect introduction to chemistry for curious kids as well as those who might prefer a more engaging approach to science. It’s like having a miniature science lab between two covers!
The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry puts knowledge into action using household ingredients to conduct 24 awesome, hands-on experiments, including:
Sodium: Make “hot ice” by crystallizing vinegar and baking soda into sodium acetate.
Neon: See how this gas emits light by powering a light bulb with static electricity.
Iron: Submerge steel wool in vinegar to see how this metal oxidizes.
Phosphorus: Play cat detective by using ultraviolet light to locate bad cat smells!
Sean Connolly is the author of the Totally Irresponsible Science series and dozens of other books for both children and adults. A father of three, he is in an ideal position to explain the nuts and bolts of these experiments.