It is easy to see how passionate the author is about science, and how he loves passing on his enthusiasm to children and adults. He recommends this book for children 8 years old and over. Jacob makes it quite clear in his introduction that this is not a science activity book, but a science experiment book. The difference being that a science experiment book sets out to “Answer a question or solve a problem using fair and controlled tests.” This is precisely how he has set out this book.
The beginning chapter shows how to set out an experiment for a science fair project. He describes details under headings such as these: TITLE, SUMMARY, QUESTION, RESEARCH, HYPOTHESIS, VARIABLES, THE CONTROL, MATERIALS AND PROCEDURES, RESULTS..TABLE/GRAPH/PHOTOGRAPHS, DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION. So this is not a light hearted look at science, but a controlled and measured way to have fun and develop an idea of order and procedure.
Each experiment is set out following these processes. The steps are written down and the experiment well explained. The first question to be answered is “Runny Honey….Does temperature affect how viscous honey is?” The steps are set out, along with the procedure which explains exactly what the experimenter should do. It also explains what a hypothesis is, and how to test it. Here, we see one lot of honey heated, and poured through a funnel. One person times the heated honey on its passage through the funnel. Then cold honey is poured through the funnel and its passage is timed.
Once the scientists have made their hypothesis, they will be able to show if their speculation was correct, by looking at the photo or graph, showing times of passage. There is a sample discussion shown, giving an idea of the things to be considered. The experiments cover a wide range of scientific learning and there should be something here to interest every budding scientist.
The experiments use products and bits and pieces that are readily found around the home or that are easy to procure. As with all experiments, there are warnings, and one would assume that an older person or adult would be close by. For a seriously scientific centred child, this is just the thing to get them on the correct path to the structures and processes of science.
|Publisher||New Holland Publishers|
|Distributor||New Holland Publishers|