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Enz, Tammy, and Jodi Wheeler-Toppen. Recycled Science: Bring Out Your Science Genius with Soda Bottles, Potato Chip Bags, and More Unexpected Stuff.

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Enz, Tammy, and Jodi Wheeler-Toppen. Recycled Science: Bring Out Your Science Genius with Soda Bottles, Potato Chip Bags, and More Unexpected Stuff. Capstone, 2016. 112p. $9.95 Trade pb. 978-1-62370697-5. Table of Contents. Photos. Illus.

This hands-on guide teaches a variety of scientific concepts using four easily obtained supplies: craft sticks, snack packets, plastic bottles, and cardboard tubes. Each chapter centers on one of these objects and includes around eight experiments. Additional items needed are easy to acquire and probably found in most households. Many branches of science (e.g. chemistry, anatomy, biology, and earth science) are represented. Projects range from a simple "hole in your hand" trick, using nothing more than a cardboard roll, to building more complex items like marshmallow shooters and flashlights. Teens can learn physics concepts like Newton's second law of motion by making a stomp rocket using a snack bag and a handful of other items like a straw, paper towel, and water. A short paragraph explaining the concept at work follows each experiment. Photographs and diagrams provide excellent visual aids throughout the book.

The language is accessible and is written in a fun, energetic tone. Safety tips are included throughout the text, indicating when adults should be involved (most commonly for the use of glue guns or utility knives). With a few exceptions (in particular, projects that demonstrate biological concepts by growing plants), most experiments can be easily completed in one day. The book has a hip, graphic layout with an eye-catching cover; one teen exclaimed, "That looks so cool!" upon seeing it. This is a valuable guide for teens interested in seeing scientific concepts come to life, and could easily be adapted for library programming.--Allison Babin.

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Author:Babin, Allison
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Date:Dec 1, 2016
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