Wrapper Rockets and Trombone Straws: Science at Every Meal

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McGraw-Hill Companies,Incorporated, Oct 1, 1996 - Education - 139 pages
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The principles of science are revealed at mealtime! This entertaining activities book offers a smorgasbord of simple, creative chemistry and physics activities designed for restaurants, home, lunchroom, classroom, and anywhere else that food is served. While waiting to be served, parents and kids can choose from 50 tested-and-proven activities that require only common food-related items such as straws, forks, napkins, placemats, drinking glasses, carbonated beverages, salt, and sugar. Each activity is accompanied by complete, step-by-step instructions, how-to illustrations, helpful (and often humorous) hints, and a real-world explanation of the relevant theory, principle, or law behind the activity. In addition, fascinating sidebars with science history and invention trivia appear throughout. Children ages 8 and up will delight in such activities as making straw flutes and trombones, launching paper straw wrapper rockets, reading tea leaves, creating beverage eruptions, competing in fork Olympics, and making glasses sign in concert. In the meantime they are introduced to the fundamental concepts of force and friction; air pressure; gravity, mass, and inertia; sound and vibration; light and optics; thermodynamics; and much more. It's fun for the entire family!

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