Here comes the future! The world’s coolest technology comes to life with fun, hands-on experiments for kids.
• Test solar power with milk jugs and balloons
• Understand genome technology with food coloring
• Launch your own “microsatellites” into orbit
These 27 terrific experiments use basic stuff from around the house and will help you understand the fascinating and potentially scary world of driverless cars, artificial intelligence, robots and androids, 3-D printing, test-tube meat, smart clothing, and more. Through cool illustrations, photos, and Sean Connolly’s clear and always-lively writing, you’ll learn what each breakthrough means, how it can improve our lives, and what its downside might be. An elevator leading into outer space? A robot that learns to think for itself? What could possibly go wrong?
Attention, parents: It’s time to put the “T” in STEM! You’ve probably heard that acronym, which stands for the core subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. And though technology can get pretty scary in our imaginations, these experiments give your kids a hands-on understanding of the principles behind the innovations—so no, they won’t be performing laser surgery on their siblings or reprogramming the GPS in your car. (But they’ll still have fun!)
About the Author
Sean Connolly is the author of the Totally Irresponsible Science series and dozens of other books for both children and adults. A father of three, he is in an ideal position to explain the nuts and bolts of these experiments. He lives in England.
"The text nicely contextualizes the technologies, both explaining the science and connecting it to the real world (especially in technology's potential for solving looming global problems) … Kids will have fun while building a solid foundation in how technologies work."
"Try 27 STEM-based experiments in this handy guide. The Book of Terrifyingly Awesome Technology teaches you how to build an electric car, create a reusable rocket, make your own solar battery and much more. Plus, you’ll learn about space elevators, virtual reality and other tricky topics."