Use these resources (designed with the Community Science Workshops) to take your informal science activities to the next level!
Tinkering: Kids learn by Making Stuff divies deeply into the what, how, and why of tinkering, in addition to offering detailed instructions for many group tinkering activities. The book has chapters on why learning from these activities is valuable for youth, how to facilitate a great tinkering session, what a tinkering space looks like, and how to field common challenges that pop up when working with groups of kids and tools.ext level:
Kinetic Contraptions: Hobby motors—every workbench warrior has a few that have been pulled out of broken toys or rescued from old electronics kits. They’re cheap, available, and with Kinetic Contraptions, essential to build some ingenious moving creations. The two dozen contraptions found in this handy resource are assembled primarily from low-cost or recycled materials, batteries, and a single motor. You’ll learn how to build vehicles that move across the land, over the sea, and through the air... (More on Chicago Review Press)
Stomp Rockets, Catapults, and Kaleidoscopes: In this book, kids will learn how things they encounter every day operate by building their own models. Projects include building a working model of the human hand’s muscles, bones, and tendons using drinking straws, tape, and string; using a pair of two-liter bottles and a length of rubber tubing to learn how a toilet flushes; and discovering how musical instruments make sounds by fashioning a harmonica, saxophone, drum, flute, or oboe. All devices are designed to use recycled or nearly free materials and common tools. (More on Chicago Review Press)