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Junk Drawer Physics: 50 Awesome Experiments That Don't Cost a Thing

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A children’s instructional book on how to use readily available materials to turn the house into a science lab

Physics teacher Bobby Mercer provides readers with more than 50 great hands-on experiments that can be performed for just pennies, or less. Turn a plastic cup into a pinhole camera using waxed paper, a rubber band, and a thumbtack. Build a swinging wave machine using a series of washers suspended on strings from a yardstick. Or construct your own planetarium from an empty potato chip canister, construction paper, scissors, and a pin. Each project has a materials list, detailed step-by-step instructions with illustrations, and a brief explanation of the scientific principle being demonstrated. Junk Drawer Physics also includes sidebars of fascinating physics facts, such as did you know the Eiffel Tower is six inches taller in summer than in winter because its steel structure expands in the heat? Educators and parents will find this title a handy resource to teach children about physics topics that include magnetism, electricity, force, motion, light, energy, sound, and more, and have fun at the same time.


  • Book for creating experiments out of junk from junk drawer
  • Encourages fine motor skills, scientific learning, creativity
  • Learn real science with stuff you already own
  • 50 experiments
  • 6 subjects - Forces and motion, energy, sound and waves, light, electricity and magnetism, fluids and pressure

Brand: Independent Publishers Group

ISBN: 9781613749203

Author: Bobby Mercer

Number Of Pages: 208

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

EAN: 9781613749203

Release Date: 2014-06-01

Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches

Languages: English