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Potato Chip Science: 29 Incredible Experimentsby Allen Kurzweil
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Mmmmm, science! Irresistibly packaged inside a potato chip bag, Potato Chip Science is the wildly imaginative book and kit that introduces more than 30 experiments using potato chips, potatoes, and chip bags, tubes, and lids. Like Pop Bottle Science and the Hand in Hand with Nature series, it marries the fun of creative (and completely safe) activities with lessons drawn from the worlds of ecology and forensics, biology and bird-watching, acoustics, aeronautics, animation, and more.
Make a chip can gobble like a turkey. Ready and fire the pocket-size potato propulsion pipe. Build a balloon-powered chip train. Hook up a working digital clock to the mysterious potato "battery." Create a shrunken potato head. Set off the bag blaster—and when the weather's right, go fly a chip bag kite. The book is filled with experiments, interesting modifications, and scientific principles. In addition, more than a dozen items used in the "snacktivities" are packaged in the bag—the digital clock, a 100 percent biodegradable child-friendly lab knife, caliper gauge, googly eyes, magnet, fingerprint brush, and more.
Remember: When it comes to Potato Chip Science experiments, nobody can test just one!
"Packaged to look (and sound) like a bag of potato chips, this unusual science kit actually contains yellow packing peanuts, a book outlining 29 spud and potato chip — themed activities, and a sachet with assorted materials. Highlights include a potato chip — bag kite, a chip-tube windmill, and a 'Tater Clock,' requiring the use of the accompanying miniature clock, copper electrodes, and sound chip. There's trivia, too, like the survival benefits of spuds (raw potato defogs glasses) and an examination of a potato chip's 'life cycle,' from farm to factory to consumers. An inventive summer boredom-buster. Ages 8 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
This wildly imaginative kit introduces more than 30 experiments using potato chips, potatoes, chip bags, tubes, and lids. In addition, more than a dozen items used in the "snacktivities" are packaged in the bag. Full color. Pkg.
Snack on science! Make a science of snacks! Potato Chip Science is the book and kit that's an irresistible introduction to science for 8- to 12-year-olds. Here are 29 incredible experiments--plus one edible project--that use potato chips, potatoes, potato chip bags, tubes, and lids. Included in the bag are a 96-page two-color book and a dozen items that kids can use for the following "snacktivities":
Bag Blaster - Bird Feeder - Chipmobile - Chip Analyzer - Chip-Ship Challenge - Chip-Tube Gobbler - "Color" Wheel - Compass - Composter - Confetti Can-non - CSI Detective Kit - Dancing Chips - Electric Wave - Flipper - Hydrofoil - Kissing Tubes - Kite - Mini Extermi-tater - Potato Bender - Potato Chip Crunchies - Potato Battery - Saucer Tosser - Shrunken (Potato) Head - Signal Mirror - Sound Spinner - Spud Crud - Spuddy Buddy - Walkie-Talkie - Windmill
- 96-page book providing step-by-step instructions
- Bag that can be turned into a kite, compass, or "hydofoil"
- Digital sound chip that plays "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" . . . powered by a potato! (spud not included)
- 6-inch propulsion pipe that launches spud pellets 50 feet!
- Biodegradable starch base (makes a great Chipmobile chassis!)
- 6 optical stickers
- 6 chip lids (the wheels of the Chipmobile!)
- Spud-powered digital clock (once again, potato not included)
- 4 zinc and copper electrodes
- Googly eyes (Yeah!)
- Wire connectors
- Eco-friendly starch knife (to carve the Spuddy Buddy and Shrunken Potato Head)
- Packing "chips" (used as ammunition for the Confetti Can-non!)
Manufactured in the United States of America.
Potato Chip Science received the Gold Medal from The National Parenting Publication Awards, and a Gold "Brain Child" Medal from Tillywig.
Pure genius, and the kind of idea that comes along once in a decade. Potato Chip Science is the book and kit that's an irresistible introduction to the pleasure of science for 8- to 12-year-olds. Here are 29 incredible experiments-plus one edible project-that use potato chips, potatoes, potato chip bags, tubes, and lids. Like Pop Bottle Science and Bones Book and Skeleton, it's a book-with-stuff that is alive with possibilities, merging creative fun, and completely safe activities, with lessons drawn from ecology, biology, forensics, acoustics, aeronautics, optics, and more. All packaged inside a potato chip bag
Build a balloon-powered chipmobile. Hook up a spud-powered sound system or a working digital clock. Ready and fire the pocket-size potato propulsion pipe. Make a chip can gobble like a turkey. Create a potato mummy head. Find your way with a chip lid compass. Create a detective kit. Set off the bag blaster-and when the weather's right, go fly a potato chip bag kite. The 96-page book is filled with experiments, interesting modifications, and scientific principles.
Included in the bag are a dozen items used in the book-propulsion pipe, digital clock, sound chip, electrodes, wire, biodegradable packing chips and base, googly eyes, compostable starch knife, optical stickers, and chip lids. Snack on science-make a science of snacks. What could be better? Warning: This book is high in saturated facts
About the Author
Allen Kurzweil is the author of Leon and the Champion Chip--the second in a series of young-reader novels--in which he first explored the idea of a science curriculum based on the potato chip. Mr. Kurzweil has also written two award-winning novels for adults, A Case of Curiosities and The Grand Complication. Currently a fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization at Brown University, he lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his wife and son, Max, his potato chip science collaborator and beta-tester.
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