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Perfectly Perilous Math – A Book!

The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math is a new book from Workman Publishing. It fits in as a sequel to the popular science books Book of Totally Irresponsible Science and The Book of  4373Potentially Catastrophic Science. 

The topic, as the title implies, is more about Math than Science Experimentation. That does not mean this book is as dull as an elementary math text, however.  The book tries to live up to its title of “perilous”. Situations are described where the reader must come up with answers – such as in chapter 13 where you and some friends must cross a rickety rope bridge to escape zombies. Scenarios like this are the mainstay of this book and make math exciting. Blank pages are provided to work out the Math.

Examples of problems include:

Calculating if a rate will chew through a rope holding a bladed pendulum before it cuts into you tied up underneath it.

Destroying an asteroid using Geometry

Defeat Vampires using algebra

Use hourglasses to escape death by Pirates!

Calculate how to decompress from a diving expedition to avoid getting the Bends.

Figure out how long shipmates can survive on a barrel of fresh water after being shipwrecked!

As you can see, many of these problems involve life-or-death situations. The book is aimed at grabbing the interest of young mathematicians and keeping it with perilous situations to solve their way out of!

 

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New Hands-On Science Books

There’s some new books in town, and they are all great fun for kids. They involve hands-on science projects on a  variety of topics.

First up is the Flying Machine Book:

This books has instructions on how to build 35 different kinds of homemade rockets, gliders, helicopters and more. Soda-Pop rockets, paper boomerangs, rubber-band  powered gliders are all part of the of this 197 page book of flying fun!

Next up is the Amazing Rubber Band Cars

This book does one thing: Have kids make cars powered by rubber bands – but it does it sooo well. Kids will learn about axles, gears, pulleys, friction, tension, speed, and much more as they build a dozen rubber band powered cars out of simple materials like cardboard, pencils, old CD’s and of course rubber bands.

The Paper Boomerang Book takes a part of that first book (The Flying Machine Book) and expands on it dramatically:

Instead of just a couple of pages on boomerangs, this book goes into heavy detail on how to build working paper boomerangs! You start by building trainers and work up to distance models, etc. Chapters are devoted to boomerang theory, tweaking techniques, decoration, and throwing styles!

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Some New Science Books!

We’ve added a few new books to our lineup. Well, most of them are books, in truth on of them is a deck of cards!

The Boy Scouts of America have released a Deck of Snakes! Chock full of great information like their Deck of Trees and Deck of Stars, this deck also has a game that involves the snakes and their deadliness level. Many snakes are covered, from the harmless garden snake to the anaconda!

Next up in the new book list is a great kids book for biological science: Evolution Revolution!

This award-winning book covers one of the greatest aspects of science and answers such questions kids might have such as “Why do Zebras have stripes?”  and how, thanks to their DNA, they are one in a quintillion!

There also the mouthfull-titled The Most Explosive Science Book in the Universe – By the Brainwaves

Light-hearted and fun, this book is an exploration of science with those helpful Brainwaves! Topics include Energy, Matter, Reactions, the Periodic table, and much more!

These are just a few of the books we got in recently. We’ll have more up shortly!

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Painless Learning Educational Placemats!

We’ve got a new line of products here at Spectrum – and its a product for the dinner table! We’ve added several products from the Painless Learning placemats. These are 17-1/2″ x 12″ heavily laminated placemats with detailed color fronts that give information on a wide variety of science & math subjects, the backs of the placemats are in black-and-white and can either be colored with dry erase markers or have a short quiz to see what kids using the placemats have learned!The placemats are economical at just $3.99 so you can buy a bunch and rotate them over a couple of weeks!

We have a lot of these placemats, so here is just a small sampling:

USA Map Placemat

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Be sure to check out the World Map Placemat as well.

There’s the Solar System Placemat:

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There is also the Stars & Constellations Placemat as well

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For more on some basic learning there is a Multiplication Tables Placemat.

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Be sure to also check out the Sign Language Placemat, Learning About Money Placemat, and Time to Tell Time Placemat.

For more science orientations there is the Periodic Table of Elements Placemat:

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Science placemats also include the Weather Placemat, Human Body Placemat as well as this Rocks & Minerals Placemat:

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We also have a Dinosaur Placemat (natch).

In all there are 15 different placemats to choose from! be sure to pick up some for your next meal!

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So now there’s a sequel involved – Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2!

When we added the original Mini-Weapons of Mass Destruction we knew it would be a popular book. After all, making catapults out of spoons and pencils is just so darn cool! But we didn’t know that it would become our most popular book this year!

The Original!

The book has been so popular that they have made a sequel appropriately titled Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2

The Sequel!

The book starts out fast with detailed instructions on how to build a 1/2 dozen handguns of the homemade, candy-shooting variety (with names like PPK TIC TAC, CANDY GLOCK and the Cotton Swab Special).  Then the book moves onto concealed weapons and the fun continues. Overall there are 30 different weapons to built such as the Paper Dart Watch and the Mint Tin Catapult. Non-weapons are also included in this edition, with the Bionic Ear, Toothpaste Periscope and many more!

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2 proves it is a worthy sequel!

New Kits from DK

DK Publishing produces colorful, informative, and fun books. But they also produce nifty kits that are one part book, and one part science kit. An example of this was their recently released Alien Robots Kit and The Science Kit.

We’ll start with the Alien Robot Kit:

Alien Robot Kit

Alient Robots Kit

This kit has 50 parts to make 6 unique robots! The parts include 2 high-speed motors, 2 battery holders, 1 axle, 1 propeller, 2 rivets, 4 foam disks and 25 card parts. With this parts you can make such robots as the Communatron, the FilterTron, The ScuttleBot, the DrillaBot, the Spinnatron, and the Defendatron which can seen in cartoony glory on the back cover:

While kids build the robots, they actually learn about physics, mechanics, motion, friction, gears, and more!

Also available from DK is The Science Kit!

The Science Kit

The Science Kit

The Science Kit with included book has enough materials to do over 100 science experiments! Creata a race car, build a helicopter, make a glider,  a lava lamp, and much more!

Both kits included the needed parts and have a 48 page booklet covering the science and experiments involved. Both kits are for ages 8+.

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New Books on Electronics & Magnets

We’ve got a couple of more new books in stock – these are part of our new ‘make your own science fun’ series (not the official name, BTW), much like the Soda Bottle Rocket & Practical Pyromaniac books, these are great teaching books with loads of hands on projects.

First up is Haywired – Pointless (yet awesome) Projects For The Electronically Inclined

Haywired

HayWired!

Haywired starts off fast,with a description of how to build a painting where the eyeballs actually move (Creepy!). From there it goes on to give hints and ideas on how to make projects, and all sorts of new gadget ideas such as a capacitor racing car, talking alarm clock, and more. All of these can be built with simple components and detailed pictures are used throughout the book!

From Electricity to Magnetism we move onto Mondo Magnets

Mondo Magnets

Mondo Magnets covers a lot of classic magnet experiment, from playing with iron filings and magnets, to floating magnets, linear accelerators, and much more. Over 40 experiments are described in detail.

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New Books on Rockets and Fire!

We have a few new books in the store and they are mostly great books on how to do science projects on your own. Let’s start with Soda-Pop Rockets

Soda-Pop Rockets

Now of course the book is title ‘Soda-Pop Rockets’ so naturally they show a Water Cooler bottle being launched on the cover! But honestly the majority of the book does deal with using common soda bottles as water rockets. The books shows how to build a simple (and later more complex) rocket & launcher, with an old bike inner tube, a wire coat hanger, a bike pump and some tools. From there more advanced subjects like adding find, stacking bottles, parachute systems and more are covered. Other subjects covered are how to measure how high the rocket flies, and launching toy cars with rockets! This is a great book for the basics of water rocketry.

From water we go to the next books which covers (ta-da!) fire! The Practical Pyromaniac is the book for those fascinated by flame!

The Practical Pyromaniac

This is the book for people interested in safely experimenting with fire. Details are given on how to make a flame tube, candle-powered engines, and even make huge fireballs. All of the experiments are given in strong detail with an emphasis on safety (but still having fun and making cool fire effects!).

These books are great for folks who want the ‘old school’ do-it-yourself science experiments, pick up some copies today!

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Amazing X-Ray Pets & X-Ray Wild Animals

A couple of ‘Books’ that we carry are the Amazing X-Ray series. The two we have are Amazing X-Rays Pets, and Amazing X-Rays Wild Animals.

Amazing X-Rays Pets has a built-in light box, along with 16 X-rays of common household pet:

X-Ray Pets

There is also an informative booklet discussing aspects of the pet’s skeleton and other details.

Here we are trying the X-Ray Pets ‘Try Me’ Mode:

The companion piece to Amazing X-Rays Pets is Amazing X-Rays Wild Animals. The idea is the same except the subject matter is animals in the wild instead of domesticated pets. You still get the light box and 16 X-Rays

Amazing X-Rays Wild Animals

Amazing X-Rays Wild Animals

Animals such as Cheetahs, Monkeys, and Otters are just some of the X-Rays included.

Like the Amazing X-Ray Pets, we have a video of the “Try Me’ feature in action:

Either of these books is great for any young animal scientist! Start training a future Veterinarian today!

 

 

 

 

 

One Million Things book series

An underrated good seller in our store is the ‘One Million Things’ series of books.

One Million Things

This book series is full of pages and pages of multiple topics from states of matter to fish to flags  to genetic.  Every page is a wealth of info on a topic with lots of gorgeous photography that DK Publications is known for! They describe is as a museum, a search engine, and a garage sale of information all rolled into one. They aren’t wrong!

Two specialty versions of this book are carried by Spectrum Scientifics. The First is One Million Things Planet Earth

One Million Things Planet Earth

Still full of lots of random information, but this time with a focus on our planet topics like Transportation and Deposition, the Water Cycle and different kinds of rocks all make up the excellent pages of this book.

Of course, we could not resist a version of One Million Things with the title of ‘One Million Things – Science

One Million Things Science

From evolution to states of matter to motion there are pages with a wealth of information and incredible photography that really conveys the idea behind the science concepts.

The Million Things series has been a finalist in many book awards. They are great for visual learners or for people who just love excellent layouts, information, and photography!

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