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Title:
Gizmos & gadgets : creating science contraptions that work (& knowing why)
Author:
Hauser, Jill Frankel, 1950-
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Publication Information:
Charlotte, Vt. : Williamson Pub., [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
Provides instructions for making seventy-five contraptions that demonstrate friction, gravity, energy, motion, and other principles of physics and explains how to think like an inventor.
General Note:
"Williamson kids can!"
Language:
English
Reading Level:
"For children ages 7 to 14"--P. 4 of cover.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781885593269
Format :
Book

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Build a catapult that sends marshmallows flying. Make a perching parrot that balances on a high wire. Send a marble on a wild ride down your room-sized marble ramp. Here, young readers will have a great time constructing more than 50 working science contraptions, using easy-to-find materials. Children will be building, questioning, creating, laughing - and, learning - as they explore the action-packed world of physics fun through science contraptions that really work.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Hauser gives directions for making a bunch of gadgets, gizmos, contraptions, and doohickeys constructed with stuff often found in cupboards, closets, garages, and "junk" drawers. Materials such as plastic soda bottles, marbles, buttons, straws, and cardboard tubes are cut, trimmed, shaped, and bent in order to be glued, stapled, sewn, and taped. They are ultimately formed into objects to be tossed, balanced, spun, flung, and strung-all to demonstrate various principles of physics. Also included are nudges to encourage individual forays into the worlds of problem solving and inventing. Fun to make-and probably fun to play with-the crafts, if followed sequentially, introduce such basic topics as motion, energy, balancing, and gravity. Even if used as random crafts, they will lead to questions regarding the predictable behaviors of such objects as boomerangs and yo-yos. Classroom teachers can team this with Vicki Cobb's Why Can't You Unscramble an Egg? (Lodestar, 1990; o.p.) and Bernie Zubrowski's Raceways: Having Fun with Balls and Tracks (Morrow, 1985; o.p.).-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.