Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sometimes Good Things DO Come in a Potato Chip Bag

Pure genius, and the kind of idea that comes along once in a decade. "Potato Chip Science "is the book and kit that's an irresistible introduction to the pleasure of science for 8- to 12-year-olds. Here are 29 incredible experiments-plus one edible project-that use potato chips, potatoes, potato chip bags, tubes, and lids. Like" Pop Bottle Science" and "Bones Book and Skeleton," it's a book-with-stuff that is alive with possibilities, merging creative fun, and completely safe activities, with lessons drawn from ecology, biology, forensics, acoustics, aeronautics, optics, and more. All packaged inside a potato chip bag.

Build a balloon-powered chipmobile. Hook up a spud-powered sound system or a working digital clock. Ready and fire the pocket-size potato propulsion pipe. Make a chip can gobble like a turkey. Create a potato mummy head. Find your way with a chip lid compass. Create a detective kit. Set off the bag blaster-and when the weather's right, go fly a potato chip bag kite. The 96-page book is filled with experiments, interesting modifications, and scientific principles.

Included in the bag are a dozen items used in the book-propulsion pipe, digital clock, sound chip, electrodes, wire, biodegradable packing chips and base, googly eyes, compostable starch knife, optical stickers, and chip lids. Snack on science-make a science of snacks. What could be better? Warning: This book is high in saturated facts.

This book isn't coming out until late summer, but you can pre-order your copy here.

Read a "behind the bag" article here.

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