Books by Philip Scheuer

Released: Nov. 1, 2002

A breezy, accessible collection of science projects that will appeal to both middle-grade science enthusiasts and less-motivated students. Projects are inspired by entries from sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students in the Discovery Young Science Challenge, and young contributors are acknowledged in the forward. This is a page-turner, with boxes of odd and intriguing information, a lighthearted style, and cartoon drawings. The author begins with a discussion of the scientific method that will have readers laughing and learning. Step 1, according to the author, is curiosity; he outlines a variety of situations and gives the curious response. For instance, "Your little baby cousin tastes some foods and then throws them across the kitchen. One possible response: Always wear a plastic smock while visiting. The curious response: Wonder which tastes babies really like." There are over 20 projects; most use ordinary products and are based on everyday events, such as wondering which breakfast cereals stay un-soggy longest or which fabric is the best to wear in hot weather. Each project includes the idea, title, question to be answered, hypothesis, procedure, conclusion, and what it means in the real world. At the end, the author provides the titles of 101 actual projects that won awards in school, regional, and national science-fair competitions. With titles like "The Physics of Cheating at Baseball" and "Are Hot Dogs as Safe as You Think?," readers will look forward to creating better science adventures. A winner. (Nonfiction. 10-14)Read full book review >