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Title:
Make this!
ISBN:
9781426333248

9781426333255
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Publication Information:
Washington, DC : National Geographic Kids, [2019]
Physical Description:
157 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Summary:
"Instructions for creating items using scientific methods"-- Provided by publisher.
Interest age level:
Ages 8-12.
Interest grade level:
Grades 4 to 6.
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Summary

Summary

Create your maker space with this fun and instructive book, chock-full of hands-on activities and cool experiments to get kids thinking and tinkering.

This book is designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and supports all kinds of kid creators: those who prefer guided instruction, those who prefer to dream up and design objects on their own, and everyone in between. With thoughtful text and bright illustrations, kids get the tools and the know-how to tackle all kinds of exciting projects: building a kaleidoscope, designing a fidget spinner, planting a rain forest, creating a musical instrument, and more. Unconventional scenarios inspired by real National Geographic explorers give kids a chance to think outside the box and apply their maker skills to real life. Chapters are divided up by scientific principle, such as simple machines, energy, and forces. In each chapter, kids can start by following step-by-step activities, or get creative by tackling an open-ended challenge. Helpful sidebars explain the science behind what's happening every step of the way.

Make This! is perfect for curious and STEM-loving kids, families looking for a fun way to play together, and anyone else who's ready to get creative and start tinkering!


Author Notes

ELLA SCHWARTZ received two degrees in engineering from Columbia University. She works as a cybersecurity warrior, helping to keep the Internet safe. Schwartz writes fiction and nonfiction books for young readers with a focus on STEM. When she's not working, writing, or training to run a marathon, she volunteers on outreach initiatives to promote women in science and improve science literacy.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. 6
What is a Maker?p. 8
Makerspaces and Makerboxesp. 10
Dissect a Toy Challengep. 12
How to Use This Bookp. 14
Chapter 1 Simple Machinesp. 16
Quick Factsp. 18
Rolling Pin Pulleyp. 20
Pencil Pusherp. 22
Belt Moverp. 24
Skee-Ball Challengep. 26
Archimedes Screwp. 28
Solve This!p. 30
Chapter 2 Materialsp. 32
Quick Factsp. 34
Power Colorsp. 36
Rescue a Dinosaurp. 38
Clean & Clearp. 40
Walking Waterp. 42
Solve This!p. 44
Chapter 3 Systemsp. 46
Quick Factsp. 48
Water From Leavesp. 50
Marble Maze Challengep. 52
Rain Forest in a Bottlep. 54
Rube Goldberg Machinep. 56
Solve This!p. 58
Chapter 4 Opticsp. 60
Quick Factsp. 62
Reflection Target Practicep. 64
Color Kaleidoscopep. 66
Scoping the Scenep. 68
All the Colors of the Rainbowp. 70
Tiny Thingsp. 72
Zoom Outp. 74
Solve This!p. 76
Chapter 5 Energyp. 78
Quick Factsp. 80
Portable Powerp. 82
Magnetize It!p. 84
Sun Stovep. 86
Solar Updraft Towerp. 90
Solve This!p. 92
Chapter 6 Acousticsp. 94
Quick Factsp. 96
String Phonep. 98
Silly Noisemakerp. 100
Sound Wave Stethoscopep. 102
Drumsp. 108
Xylophonep. 110
Solve This!p. 112
Chapter 7 Forcesp. 114
Quick Factsp. 116
Water Balloon Helmetp. 118
Catapultp. 120
Ball Launcherp. 122
Tower Challengep. 124
Roman Archp. 126
Truss Bridgep. 128
Fidget Spinnerp. 130
Solve This!p. 134
Chapter 8 Motionp. 136
Quick Factsp. 138
Balloon Carp. 140
Stomp Rocketp. 142
Straw Rocketp. 146
Hovercraftp. 148
Solve This!p. 150
Afterwordp. 152
Making in the Fieldp. 154
Photo & Illustration Creditsp. 156