Hands-On Science

50 Kids’ Activities from CSIRO

March 2017
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    27th March 2017
  • ISBN 9781486306145
  • Language English
  • Pages 128 pp.
  • Size 8.25" x 8.25"
  • Images full color illus throughout

Did you ever wonder why some insects can walk on water? Or how the Ancient Egyptians made mummies? Are you curious about why a guitar sounds different from a flute? Gather some everyday materials from around your home and find out the answers with these 50 kid-approved science activities from CSIRO.

The activities cover electricity and magnetism, sound and light, heat and motion, water and gases, living things, shapes and our planet Earth. Each activity has a simple list of materials required, and uses simple step-by-step instructions and drawings to enable you to create exciting and interesting reactions, experiments and inventions. Fast facts and quiz questions will help you test your knowledge, and you’ll also find an explanation of the science behind each activity, along with examples of how each principle works in the real world.

Discover more about the world of science by making:
• Dancing slime
• Rubbery bones
• A ping pong ball shooter
• Ghastly ghostly photos
• Fizzy dinosaur eggs
• A lemon battery

• Provides 50 fantastic CSIRO-tested DIY activities.
• Every activity uses easy-to-find, everyday materials.
• Helps to explain science in everyday language.
• Activities have broader applications, and are important and useful in the world

"The activities have been carefully thought through, and require little more than ordinary household materials. There's information on what happened in the experiment and also how this new knowledge is applied in the real world.

I was particularly hooked on the section about biology... I really enjoyed reading this book and performing the experiments, and would suggest it to primary and high-school students interested in science."

Lior Yoffe, "Double Helix Reader's Review", Double Helix, September 2016, p. 33


Backyard Biology: Explore the World of Living Things
DIY pit trap
Mini mummy
Leaky leaves
Rubbery bones
Compost in a bottle
Jelly cells

Shoot, Spin, Blow and Wobble: The Science of Motion
Ping pong ball shooter
Spinning eggs
Blowing in the wind
Balancing act
Wobbly balloon
Fire away!

Light and Dark: Rainbows, Shadows and Reflections
Prism break
Hiding light
Ghastly ghostly photos
Shadow puppets

Boom, Boom, Boom: What’s that Sound?
DIY speakers
Slinky laser sound
Dancing slime

Splish Splash Splosh: Fun with Water and Liquids
Clear cola
Pushy particles
Will it be a water fall?
Waving slowly
Sweet solution
Salts, soda, solid

Too Hot, Too Cold, or Just Right: The Power of Heat Transfer
Shrinking chip packet
Make a thermometer
Flame-proof balloon
Fatty fingers
Butter candle
Miniature cold front

Our Place in Space: Planet Earth
Make a fossil
Melting moments
Mountains of lard
Castles of sand
Deep impact
Egg geodes

Feel the Force: Welcome to the Weird World of Electricity and Magnetism
Magnetic slowdown
Gone fishin’
Electric shock
Lemon battery

Bubbles of Fun: the Science of Gases and Air
Pour out the candle
Bubble bottle
Fizzy dinosaur eggs
Mentos fountain

Circle, Square, or Dodecahedron: Solving the Puzzle of Shapes
Catching a wave
Burning metal
Team cup lift

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