Synopses & Reviews
Discover the weird science behind the ickiest, wackiest, most unusual things ever to exist!
Would you like to make your own slime, discover how lava lamps work, or learn how materials decompose?
Have you ever heard about ball lightning or the Aurora Borealis on the news and wondered what the reporter was talking about?
Are you looking for great ideas for your next science fair project?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Weird Science is for you! From banana slugs and dry ice to optical illusions and time travel, youll investigate some of the most bizarre scientific oddities on Earth. Dozens of fun-packed activities help you see for yourself how quicksand really works, why our feet sometimes get smelly, how worm holes and black holes are formed, why insects can walk on water, and much more. Youll even see how you can turn these amazing activities into science projects! Each experiment is safe and easy to do, and all you need is everyday stuff from around the house. So get ready to take a strange, creepy, and sometimes even gross journey through Weird Science!
A fun science activity book for kids ages 8-12 on weird science phenomena.
A strange, creepy, and sometimes gross collection of science facts and activities that kids will love
Want to get kids interested in science? Let them make their own slime, feed insects to plants, or learn about strange animals and bizarre phenomena. That's the philosophy behind Weird Science, which gives kids 40 activities on such scientific oddities as non-Newtonian fluids, strangler figs, ball lightning, and naked mole rats. In addition, the book includes "Weird Science in Action" sidebars of bizarre science facts, tips on how to turn an experiment into a science fair project, and lots of illustrations.
Jim Wiese (Vancouver, BC, Canada) is the author of many Wiley kids' science books, including Roller Coaster Science (0-471-59404-0), Rocket Science (0-471-11357-3), Detective Science (0-471-11980-6), Spy Science (0-471-14620-X), and Cosmic Science (0-471-15852-6).
About the Author
JIM WIESE is a science teacher and an educational coordinator for nonprofit organizations. He is the author of many popular kids science activity books, including Ancient Science, Roller Coaster Science, Rocket Science, Detective Science, Cosmic Science, and Sports Science, all from Wiley.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Book.
Being a Good Scientist.
Increasing Your Understanding.
Using This Book to Do a Science Fair Project.
A Word of Warning.
1. Weird Substances: Slip, Ooze, and Creep.
Project 1: Slime.
Project 2: Quicksand.
Project 3: Curved Water.
Project 4: Dry Ice.
Project 5: Slime Molds.
Project 6: Moving “Lava”.
2. Weird Plants: Way to Grow.
Project 1: The Eyes Have It.
Project 2: Insect Eaters.
Project 3: Spore Losers.
Project 4: “Corpse Flower”.
Project 5: Epiphytes and Stranglers.
Project 6: Cacti.
3. Weird Animals: No Pets Allowed.
Project 1: Electric Eel.
Project 2: Mudskippers.
Project 3: Weird Ants.
Project 4: Banana Slug.
Project 5: Dung Beetles.
Project 6: Naked Mole Rats.
Project 7: Gone Batty.
4. Weird Microbes: The Good, the Bad, the Smelly.
Project 1: Smelly Feet.
Project 2: Early Risers.
Project 3: Galdieria Sulphuraria.
5. Weird Weather: Ball Lightning, Rogue Waves, and Twisting Tornadoes.
Project 1: The Perfect Storm.
Project 2: Ball Lightning.
Project 3: Extreme Winds.
Project 4: Tornadoes.
6. Weird Earth: Geysers, Caves, and Other Strange Formations.
Project 1: Geysers.
Project 2: Weird Caves.
Project 3: Weird Rocks.
7. Weird Sights: Mirages, Northern Lights, and Illusions.
Project 1: Mirages.
Project 2: Aurora Borealis.
Project 3: Optical Illusions.
8. Weird Sounds: High and Low.
Project 1: Doggy Do.
Project 2: Aeolian Sounds.
Project 3: Playing Glasses.
Project 4: Things That Go Bump in the Night.
Project 5: Listen to Yourself.
9. Weird Physics: Fact or Fiction?
Project 1: Relativity and Time Travel.
Project 2: Worm Holes and Black Holes.
Project 3: Antimatter.