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
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!
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!
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:
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
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!
An underrated good seller in our store is the ‘One Million Things’ series of books.
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
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‘
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!
We’ve added a couple of really neat books to our line-up. First up is Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction
Build Implements of Spitball Warefare
As the name implies, the entire book is devoted to plans and building of mini-catapults, launchers, crossbows and such. Included are
- Clothespin Catapult
- Matchbox Bomb
- Shoelace Darts
- Paper-Clip Trebuchet
- Tube Launcher
- Clip Crossbow
- Coin Shooter
- Hanger Slignshot
- Ping-Pong Zooka
…and many more! In all over 35 projects are described along with some instructions for building some nifty targets for your min-weapons to shoot at!
The usual caveats should apply here: Do not aim any of these weapons at people, etc. Yadda, yadda you know the drill.
The next book is Amazing Leonardo Da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself and like the Mini-Weapons book it involves making and building cool things based on the inventions and sketches of the famous inventor
Now, how well some of these invention work may be a different matter. Most of Leonardo’s sketches were never ‘brought to life’ and most folks can see there will be some design flaws with them (his hand cranked helicoptor is an example). But that still leaves lots of great things like a Perspectograph, Weather Predictor, Trebuchet, and many more. Detailed building instructions are given for over fifteen Leonardo inspired constructions that use ordinary household materials.
Both of these books are part of our library of excellent science books. Be sure to pick up copies today!
Dmitri’s neighborhood is a book on the basics of chemistry written in a low-stress way to learn chemistry concepts. Written by Marti Trudeau, an author local to Spectrum Scientific’s store.
Working with the concept of the periodic table (developed by Dmitri Mendeleyev – hence ‘Dmitri’s neighborhood) the book walks easily and amusingly through the basic elements and covers topics such as chemical formulas, atoms, electrons, and much more. Concepts are covered in an easy to equate style so that students can learn easily – the world of chemistry is presented in a manner as if you were walking around a neighborhood and meeting the neighbors (elements). Over 150 pages along with appendices covering the details about the elements. This is book is a great way for junior or senior high school students to learn about chemistry.