Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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)
"Entertaining, pun-filled, intriguing, creative, and appealing." - Kirkus
"A hit with booksellers." - Publishers Weekly
"Perfect for kids. (I would have gone nuts for this as a child! And who am I kidding? I'm in my twenties and I still think it's pretty cool!)" - EW.com
"A fantastic book of science experiments for kids to do with their parents. It's terrifically designed, and filled with fun facts and puns and silliness. Super fun!" - Goodreads.com
"Betcha can't test just one." - Youngexplorers.com
"Holy potato chips! Batman. There's something about the crinkle of a bag of chips that is like a geek siren song." - ThinkGeek.com
"If you have a wee one with an interest in science... check out Kurzweil's latest project, the science kit in a potato chip bag." - Techcrunch.com
"Got a kid who loves science? What about potato chips? Check out Potato Chip Science
-- a grab bag of lessons on everything from physics to forensics, from navigation to neuroscience." - Idaho Statesman
"Potato Chip Science
makes experiments tasty for children. Most kids do not need much motivation to tear into a bag of chips. So why not come up with a way to take that natural tendency and use it to expand a child's mind more than his or her waistline?" - Tulsa World
"There's a science-deficit among America's young and one man's cure comes packed in a potato chip bag." - CBS-TV (Philadelphia)
"An irresistibly introduction to the tasty side of science." - Mindware.com
"Potato Chip Science
is a hit! Have you not heard about the amazing new book/science kit Potato Chip Science
? Well, you're missing out." - Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Bookshop, LaVerne, California
"Irresistibly packaged and wildly imaginative." - Left Bank Books, St. Louis
"A brilliant product for nerdy kids" - King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, Utah
"School's in session, which means--deep breaths, parents--science fairs are just around the corner. Get kids motivated early and find some simple-to-implement, innovative ideas with Potato Chip Science
" - Time Out
, Chicago, IL
"Kids will get a recommended dose of fun with their lessons in physics, biology, chemistry and earth science that is, as the packaging says, 'High in saturated facts.'" - L.A. Parent
"A new wrinkle - or should it be crinkle? - on the kitchen-table science fair." - Buffalonews.com
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!
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.
M-M-M-M science Irresistibly packaged inside a potato chip bag, Potato Chip Science is the wildly imaginative book and experiment kit that lets you transform empty bags, tubes, and lids (plus potato chips and potatoes) into a grab bag of experimental fun. Potato Chip Science provides dozens and dozens of bite-sized snacktivities, lightly seasoned with lessons drawn from acoustics and aeronautics, biology and botany, physics, forensics, and many other scientific fields.
Fire off the potato propulsion pipe. Construct a spud-powered sound system. Grow a Spuddy Buddy. Design a chipmobile. Turn a chip tube into a turkey gobbler. Launch a bag blaster. Potato Chip Science is guaranteed to make you flip your (optical) lid And if it doesn't, you can go fly a kite (made from a chip bag).
Every bag of Potato Chip Science includes a digital clock, sound chip, propulsion pipe, biodegradable child-friendly lab knife, electrodes, optical stickers, lid spinners, and a 96-page book providing illustrated step-by-step instructions for 29 experiments.
Remember: When it comes to Potato Chip Science experiments, nobody can test just one
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.