Science - Up, up, and away

23rd November 2012 at 00:00

What it's all about

The winner of this year's Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, selected by children aged 14 and under, is Science Experiments by scientist and broadcaster Robert Winston.

Science Experiments shows you how to do lots of interesting experiments at home. It has a mixture of photographs, drawings, diagrams and text, which is very clearly spread out and shows you exactly what to do, writes Kira Dunn, aged 9.

There are useful top tips and extra information on each page to explain how the chemicals reacted with each other to make things happen.

It was a bit like some recipes: the book tells you whether the experiments are easy or difficult and how long they will take. It also tells you if they are a bit dangerous. Or if you need an adult to help.

I tried Launch a Bottle Rocket, where we taped fins to a plastic drinks bottle, half-filled it with water, then pumped air into it until we had lift-off. I did it in the garden and the bottle flew really high into the air. Next I made a Violent Volcano with baking soda, washing-up liquid, red food colouring, vinegar and sand.

This book is brilliant because the experiments are fun - and lots of them make a mess. It also had facts I could read on my own.

Science Experiments is published by DK. See: royalsociety.orgawardsyoung-people

What else?

Check out Lord Winston's TES webchat from last month: bit.lyRobertWinstonChat

Pupils can make bottle rockets in p.tyron's lesson. bit.lyBottleRockets

The Royal Society has shared more than 170 resources, on topics from bugs to trauma surgery. bit.lytesRoyalSociety.

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