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Energy Lab for Kids

40 Exciting Experiments to Explore, Create, Harness, and Unleash Energy (Lab Series)

By Emily Hawbacker

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Format: Paperback, 144 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 May 2017
Energy Lab for Kids offers 40 discovery-filled and thought-provoking energy projects by Emily Hawbaker, a science educator from the NEED (National Energy Education Development) project. Each chapter contains scientific explanations, discoveries, and hands-on knowledge that make learning fun. Energy Lab for Kids is more than just a random collection of science experiments that kids can do in the classroom, kitchen, or backyard. The goal: to explore and discover real energy solutions. The chapters cross all categories--from steam, electricity, and chemical reactions, to water, solar, and wind power, allowing kids to compare and test the different sources and to discover their strengths and failings. Why is one source of energy is more efficient for a one situation but not for another? How come two energy sources combined might work a single source? Which sources are renewable? Additionally, the projects are geared to understanding actual issues in the news today. There is an emphasis on inventive exploration throughout the books, so that kids may learn the reward of discovering that creativity leads to breakthroughs.

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Energy Basics - Let's Do Work! Lab 1: Convection Current in a Cup Lab 2: Beach Basics Lab 3: What a Gas! Lab 4: Shadow Shaper Lab 5: Mirror Madness Lab 6: Ramp it Up! Lab 7: Pendulum Swinger Lab 8: Slinky Sound Waves Lab 9: Sound Stopper Unit 2: Forms of Energy and Energy Transformations - Energy is Always Changing Lab 10: Just Bounce Lab 11: Glowing Bright Lab 12: Bubbling Up Lab 13: Hot Hands Lab 14: Black and White in the Light Unit 3: Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy Sources Lab 15: Candy Collector Lab 16: Chocolate Chip Extraction Competition Lab 17: Getting the Oil Out Lab 18: Perforated Perfection Lab 19: Fracturing Gelatin Lab 20: Uranium Miller Lab 21: Wind Does Work Lab 22: Geothermal Heater Lab 23: Solar Cooker Lab 24: Biomass Bag Lab 25: Dam Fun Unit 4: Using Energy - Do You Have the Power? Lab 26: Pretzel Power Lab 27: ElectromagWHAT? Lab 28: Generate This Lab 29: Light it Up! Lab 30: Chip Combustion Unit 5: Saving Energy - Conserve and Preserve Lab 32: Insulators to the Rescue! Lab 33: Draft Detective Lab 34: Lighten Up Lab 35: Solar Water Heater Lab 36: Watts That All About? Lab 37: Fridge Fun Lab 38: Monitor a Month Lab 39: Waste Watchers Lab 39: Carbonation Conundrum Lab 40: Road Trip Glossary Resources Acknowledgements About the authors Index

About the Author

Emily Hawbaker has always had energy and a passion for science and education. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Earth science and a minor in science education, she began teaching eighth grade science. Her school was chosen to take part in an energy education project where students learn about their energy use and then teach others, with the help of the National Energy Education Development (NEED) curriculum and materials. Emily saw her students come alive with the NEED program, where she is now curriculum director. In this capacity she shares her passion for energy education as a facilitator of teacher and student events and programming across the country and around the world.


"Color photographs show children taking part in 40 activities involving household objects: readers can simulate drilling for oil using chocolate syrup and straws, create a "biomass bag" with leftover food and yeast, build a generator, and construct a solar cooker using a pizza box, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap. Hawbaker clearly describes the implications of each activity, and sidebars lend perspective on how the labs relate to science...It's a straightforward guide to energy principles that encourages collaboration and active exploration." - Publisher's Weekly "Discover the amazing ways in which chocolate syrup, slinkies, and cheese curls can explain everything from solar power to sound waves and burning calories in Emily Hawbaker's Energy Lab for Kids. Using just a few simple tools and everyday items, experiments focus on the production of all types of energy, the importance of conservation, working as a team and, of course, having fun, all in sixty minutes or less." - ForeWord Reviews "The NEED Project continues to produce excellent resources for teachers. This book has an excellent variety of energy experiments. The labs are divided up into five units, making it easier to find the energy lab you need for your curriculum. The labs are easy to follow, with step by step color photos. Each lab gives specific examples as to how that specific energy concept relates to students' everyday life. The resource section for teachers helps explain the science behind each lab in the "Energy Explained" section. I also like how the book gives ideas on how to incorporate more technology into students' learning. I look forward to doing the experiments from this book with my students." - National Science Teachers Association Recommends "An array of simple demonstrations designed to give budding eco-activists an understanding of how energy is stored, transferred, used responsibly, and recycled. Developed by the National Energy Education Development Project and demonstrated here by a cast of dozens of young children...the low-cost projects range from measuring shadows and charting temperature changes to constructing a solar cooker in a pizza box, creating an inventory of home-appliance energy needs, and competitively "mining" chocolate chips from cookies, then trying to reconstruct the cookies." - Kirkus Reviews

EAN: 9781631592508
ISBN: 1631592505
Publisher: Quarry Books
Dimensions: 21.59 x 21.34 x 1.52 centimetres (0.48 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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