Outdoor Science Lab for Kids

Outdoor Science Lab for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke

52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631591150
Publisher: Quarry Books
Series: Lab Series
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Learn physics, chemistry and biology in your own backyard!

At-home science provides an environment of freedom, creativity and invention that is not always possible in a school setting. It's simple, inexpensive, and fun to whip up a number of amazing science experiments in your own backyard.

Science can be found all around in nature. Outdoor Science Lab for Kids offers 52 fun STEM activities for families to do together. The experiments can be used as individual projects, for parties, or as educational activities for groups.

Outdoor Science Lab for Kids will tempt families to learn about physics, chemistry, biology, and nature, plus, they'll learn scientific survival skills and even take some experiments to the playground!

Many of the experiments are safe enough for toddlers and exciting enough for older kids, so families can discover the joy of science and STEM education together.

Liz Lee Heinecke has loved science since she was old enough to inspect her first butterfly.

After working in molecular biology research for ten years and getting her master’s degree, she left the lab to kick off a new chapter in her life as a stay-at-home mom. Soon she found herself sharing her love of science with her three kids as they grew, journaling their science adventures on her KitchenPantryScientist website.

Her desire to spread her enthusiasm for science to others soon led to a regular segment on her local NBC affiliate, an opportunity to serve as an Earth Ambassador for NASA, and the creation of an iPhone app, with the goal of making it simple for parents to do science with kids of all ages, and for kids to experiment safely on their own.

You can find her at home in Minnesota, wrangling her kids, writing for her website, updating the KidScience app, teaching microbiology to nursing students, singing, playing banjo, painting, running, and doing almost anything else to avoid housework.

Liz graduated from Luther College and received her master’s degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631591150
Series: Lab Series
Illustrations: 200 color photos
Size: 8.75 in x 8.75 in / 222.25 mm x 222.25 mm
Published:
Introduction
Unit 1. Captivating Creatures
Lab 1. Macroinvertebrate Marvels
Lab 2. Water Bear (Tardigrade) Hunt
Lab 3. Tadpole Transformation
Lab 4. Butterfly Garden
 
Unit 2. Driveway Physics
Lab 5. Produce-Bag Parachutes
Lab 6. Crazy Catapult
Lab 7. Cardboard-Box Projector
Lab 8. Sock Centrifuge
Lab 9. The Bernoulli Effect
 
Unit 3. Invertebrate Inspection
Lab 10. Bug House
Lab 11. Sweep Net Insect Inspection
Lab 12. Fishing for Flatworms
Lab 13. Earthworm Eruption
 
Unit 4. Picnic Table Chemistry
Lab 14. Foaming Slime
Lab 15. Giant Bubbles
Lab 16. Sidewalk Frescos
Lab 17. Lemonade Stand Lip Balm
Lab 18. Super Spheres
 
Unit 5. Bountiful Botany
Lab 19. Flowerbox Phototropism
Lab 20. Marvelous Moss
Lab 21. Petal Bomb
Lab 22. Aquatic Oxygen
Lab 23. Tiny Trees
 
Unit 6. Atmospheric and Solar Science
Lab 24. Solar Heat Beam
Lab 25. Sun Prints
Lab 26. Bike-Pump Cloud
Lab 27. Flipped Water Glass
Lab 28. Ultraviolet Wave Detector
 
Unit 7. Garden Hose Science
Lab 29. Siphon Roller Coaster
Lab 30. Kiddie Pool Boats
Lab 31. Wave Science
Lab 32. Water Elevator
 
Unit 8. Playground Physics
Lab 33. Ramp Races
Lab 34. Swing Pendulum
Lab 35. Picnic Blanket Relativity
 
Unit 9. Glorious Gardening
Lab 36. Allelopathy Experiment
Lab 37. Comprehending Compost
Lab 38. Plant Race
Lab 39. Garden Guest Book
 
Unit 10. Excellent Ecology
Lab 40. Protected Pitfall Traps
Lab 41. Algae Aquarium
Lab 42. Capture-Mark-Recapture
Lab 43. Moonlit Nature Walk
Lab 44. Quadrat Sampling
 
Unit 11. Earth Science
Lab 45. Supercool Experiment
Lab 46. Crystal Caves
Lab 47. Soil Filtration
 
Unit 12. Frozen Fun
Lab 48. Ice Cream Keep Away
Lab 49. Mouthwatering Maple Candy
Lab 50. Snow Melt Experiment
Lab 51. Frozen Volcanoes
Lab 52. Cold-Air Balloons
 
Resources
Acknowledgments
About the Author
 
November 16, 2016
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Subaru have announced the finalists for the 2017 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books.The Prizes celebrate outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults and are meant to encourage the writing and publishing of high-quality science books for all ages. Quarto is thrilled to have four titles shortlisted across two categories. Read More.