Energy Lab for Kids, written by NEED’s very own curriculum director Emily Hawbaker, offers 40 discovery-filled and though-provoking energy projects. Projects in the book use supplies you can easily find around the home or in a grocery store, and let you observe, explore, discover, and get energized!
The lab activities in this book allow students to explore almost everything about energy – what it is, how we find it, how we use it, and how we can save it.
– Chemical, radiant, and thermal energy by activating a glow stick and watching it get brighter in hot water.
– Viscosity, by sucking soda and chocolate syrup up an “oil pipeline” made from straws.
– Solar energy, by melting s’mores in a pizza box solar oven.
– Wind power, by lifting paperclips with a wind turbine made from a cup, paper, tape, and a straw.
– Calories, by burning cheese puffs and other foods in a homemade calorimeter.
Pretty much all of the experiments are performed using materials you would have readily available in your home.
Using this awesome book for homeschooling science labs. Easy-to-find materials, concepts that land well with a range of ages, and I’m learning, too.
Studying energy in our homeschooling, this is a FANTASTIC book! … I could easily see a regular school parent using this to keep their kiddos science mind and thinking skills sharp over a break time.