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This is a wonderful large-print comic book that is a very simple introduction into basic electricity for the next generation. This book focuses on low-voltage direct current (DC) such as small household batteries (size AA), and magnets.
This comic book has an emphasis on electrical safety including never playing with wall outlets, and only using small batteries. I like how it shows how to make a battery with items such as pennies, cardboard, and vinegar, as well as other simple electrical projects to learn electrical fundamentals with magnets.
Even adults will learn something new while reading along. This book is perfect for your next science exhibit, and the best way to safely learn how to use electricity by making simple things. This comic book takes a hands-on approach to learning.
Please take a look inside this comic book, because it has some required household materials to complete the projects including: safety glasses, sandpaper, scissors, paper towels, small cups, vinegar, duct tape, LEDs, ruler, needle nose pliers with wire cutters, craft sticks, rubber bands, battery # CR2032, cereal box, hot glue gun, index cards, magnet wire or enameled 30 ga copper wire, earphones, clear tape, 3 neodymium disc magnets, solid copper wire, 1-inch wood screw, AA battery, magnet or 22 ga enamel coated copper wire, & safety pins.
Have fun making new things with DC electricity and magnets. :D
There only a few projects in this book. It's a good test for seeing if your kids want to continue this type of making without investing a whole bunch of money. More experienced makers are going to want to find another book.
This is a clever, well-conceived, well-executed book for curious young minds prepared by science-loving science nerds. I always say, if you want to learn something, find someone who loves it and ask them to mentor you. This book is just such a meeting of the minds and hearts.
Everything from the full-color graphics to the comic-books type layout, to the font says "Science is fun!!" Some projects will be easy to pull together with things you have on hand; many require purchasing some (usually inexpensive) details (like an LED light or some wire on a spool) to complete them. Don't be cowed by the need to go to the hardware store - honestly, such a trip is an education in and of itself, and you should do it often to help nurture science loving kids. Plus, it will likely introduce you to other science-loving prospective mentors, and just looking at the rows and rows of materials is fodder for creative minds to get thrilled about.
Apart from being creative and expansive, this book is also quite forward thinking in that the characters depicted are old, young, light, dark, boy, girl, shaggy-, kinky-, or straight-haired, etc. The subliminal is that "science is for everyone" and it's not unlikely that your kids will identify with the characters shown taking part in the projects.
This book is also very practical and anticipates likely flubs or misstarts; there is often a section in a given project that troubleshoots reasons why you might not have had the expected results, or warns of this or that thing that might go wrong.
The projects are fun and interesting, and the explanations help the user understand how it's relevant in the real world.
As you can see, I love this book, and will look for others in the series. It is recommended by the publisher for ages 8-12, but I would think that mechanically minded kids might get into it earlier (with additional adult help/supervision) and will certainly enjoy such projects even beyond the age of 12. In our home we'll probably have a 17 year old boy coaching his 11 and 13yo sisters in the projects.
The only reason I docked one star is that it was not packaged well, and came with a spine crimped in two places, making it difficult to gift with confidence. If it had been shipped securely I would have given it 5 stars.
5.0 out of 5 starsI wish that I could give this ten stars!
Reviewed in the United States on 24 May 2017
It is rare that I get this enthusiastic about a review. This book is deserving of that kind of enthusiasm. Whether you have a youngster (even as young as 7 or 8 possibly) or an adult, this book should nurture and inspire a love of electricity in anyone who is interested in science. The projects are simple but stunning. For instance, using a few pennies, some cardboard soaked in vinegar and an LED and you have created your own battery and powered a light. How awesome is it for a kid (or adult) to make their own battery?
Or a speaker? With a few windings of a wire, into a coil, and some index cards, you have a speaker. There are many more that are all equally amazing and teach the basics of electricity with crystal clear lucidity, they are easy to do, require only household items and have that "wow" factor that will amaze and captivate any audience. This would be a GREAT primer for anyone wanting to start a science oriented youtube channel as well. Well worth the money and a great learning tool. One last thing, this would be great for a STEAM or STEM teacher looking for projects or lab lesson plans.
This book is excellent. It is loaded with a ton of electricity based experiments that are all fairly simple to do. You will need to buy some supplies to get some excitements to work, but nothing expensive or hard to find.
Instructions are easy to follow, which is a huge plus.