Synopses & Reviews
This kid-friendly handbook investigates the solar system's inner workings, the tools used to gain information, and an array of astronomical phenomena. Through a time line of discoveries and important events, a comprehensive text, and numerous projects readers can build from household items, this resource provides up-to-date information about the realm beyond planet Earth. Starting with a discussion of the basic componentsthe sun, the planets, their moons and rings, meteors, asteroids, and cometsthis handbook considers topics ranging from the demotion of Pluto to a space object to the greenhouse effect on Venus and the astronomical unit. Along with this exploration of the historical, contemporary, and future toolssuch as the rockets and satellites used to gather dataand galaxies, nebulae, and pulsars found outside of the solar system, are instructions for creating a rubber-band powered Mars rover, using dry ice to simulate the tail of a comet, and models of various phenomena. A resources section provides references for additional information and projects about astronomy and the solar system.
"Enough astronomy information that both seasoned astronomy students and those new to the field can understand the basics behind the projects. Both the history and the future of the field are explained in easy-to-understand detail. Even if the projects were removed, the book would be an excellent text on astronomy." Children's Literature
"The writing is clear and concise, perfect for the target audience. . . . The book's layout is pleasing and moves easily. Projects are creative and astronomy buffs will have a fun time making them." CLEAR Reviews
Children's Literature Review
"Astronomy is a fascinating subject, but it can be tricky at times. An excellent way to illustrate astronomical concepts such as how far the earth is from the sun is to show students through projects. In this book, Lopez presents numerous projects to help beginning astronomers understand the basics. It is divided into three sections: "What Is the Solar System?," "Astronomy and Exploration Tools," and "Beyond the Solar System." The book also includes a timeline, a glossary, and other useful references. Some of the projects include building a greenhouse, making craters in sand, making an asteroid jigsaw puzzle, and constructing a Newtonian telescope. Lopez also includes enough astronomy information that both seasoned astronomy students and those new to the field can understand the basics behind the projects. Both the history and the future of the field are explained in easy-to-understand detail. Even if the projects were removed, the book would be an excellent text on astronomy. "
Jim Bell, NASA Mars Exploration Rover Project
"Amazing Solar System Projects You Can Build Yourself is a fun way for kids to explore science and the worlds around them without ever having to leave our home planet. This great collection of fun facts and activities is a perfect way to give kids a first-hand feel for important concepts and discoveries in planetary science and space exploration."
With over 25 hands-on building projects and activities Amazing Solar System Projects You Can Build Yourself
introduces readers ages 9 and up to the basic elements of the solar system. Readers learn about the sun, the planets and their moons, meteors and comets, and the amazing tools that astronomers and astronauts have used to study the solar system over the years.
Amazing Solar System Projects You Can Build Yourself provides detailed step-by-step instructions and diagrams for creating the projects, which include making a greenhouse to see what happens on Venus and constructing a model of the phases of the moon to demonstrate why the moon has phases. Fascinating facts, anecdotes, biographies, and trivia are interspersed with the fun projects to teach readers all about the solar system. Amazing Solar System Projects meets Common Core State Standards for reading informational text and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.
About the Author
Delano Lopez has taught the History and Methods of Science to university students, and has taught numerous subjects to the target age group of this book. Mr. Lopez is a member of the American Historical Association, and has published articles on a wide variety of subjects, including the history of science.
Shawn Braley is an award-winning illustrator. He attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc. He specializes in cartoon and editorial illustration. Braley is also a world traveler, musician, cat owner, and comic art collector. He lives in Southern Vermont.