Explore the wonders of the universe through hands-on fun! In Astronomy Lab for Kids, science educator Michelle Nichols has compiled 52 labs and activities that use everyday materials from around the house to encourage kids, their friends, and their families to look up, down, and around at everything from the shadows on the ground to the stars in the sky.
Mini astronomers will learn about things such as the size and scale of planets using sandwich cookies and tennis balls, how to measure the speed of light with a flat candy bar and a microwave, how to make a simple telescope with magnifying glasses, and so much more!
Kids begin their journey through the stars by creating a science journal to track their experiments and record their observations. Foundational skills, like how to make observations, measure angles, and determine directions, are laid out first. The lessons expand with explorations of size and scale; light, motion, and gravity; and then on to investigations of our Solar System and finding constellations in the night sky.
Each lab includes:
- Time it will take to complete
- Materials list
- Safety tips and setup hints
- Step-by-step text and photos
- The science behind the fun
- Variations or ideas for taking the project further
Children of all ages and experience levels will love the hands-on activities and adults will love spending quality time learning with their kids or students.
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"This well-thought-out collection includes many demonstrations familiar to science educators as well as some surprising and engaging new ones; it should be a welcome addition to any school, public, or home science library." - Kirkus Reviews
"The science is solid and presented in a fun way. Each activity has information about the amount of time it might take to do the activity plus a list of materials needed, safety tips, and setup hints...this is a great book that will be a joy to all who use it." - Ralph Peterson, National Science Teachers Association Recommends
"Sound scientific procedures, clearly photographed step-by-step directions, and thorough explanations of intended results make this a winning resource for family-friendly experiments concerning the heavens that will teach something new to both young readers and the adults assisting them." - Erin Anderson, for Booklist
"A creative way to offer hands-on learning for science educators, parents, or students interested in astronomy." -Doneanne Soult, Westampton Middle School, NJ, for School Library Journal