Scientist Academy: Are You Ready For the Challenge? by Steve Martin and Essi Kimpimaki

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Scientist Academy: Are You Ready For the Challenge? by Steve Martin and Essi Kimpimaki

Category: Children's Non-Fiction
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Louise Jones
Reviewed by Louise Jones
Summary: Budding scientists are encouraged to learn about the world around us by means of activities and experiments that can be easily replicated at home.
Buy? yes Borrow? yes
Pages: 64 Date: July 2017
Publisher: Ivy Kids
ISBN: 9781782405023

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Kids seem to have an innate curiosity about the world around them. They are constantly asking How? and Why? Curious kids and budding scientists are going to love the new Scientist Academy book by Ivy Kids, which is filled with practical experiments and fun activities with an educational twist.

As with all Ivy Press publications, this book has a high-quality feel about it. The pages are reassuringly thick and there are stickers, posters (everyone needs a periodic table on the wall!) and a press-out model of a sundial all included inside. The front cover has a satisfying touchy-feely aspect, thanks to the slightly embossed images, stimulating sensory curiosity before the first page is even turned.

The format of the book is a fictional science academy, which encourages its 'students' to complete sets of activities before 'graduating' to the next class. Each section focuses on different scientific disciplines, as well as possible career progression in the real world. It covers laboratory work, investigative science, life science, space and earth science with lively experiments and entertaining worksheets. At the end of each section there is a little certificate, where the child can add their name and the date to show their progression through the book.

The experiments are simple, but effective and can be achieved using items easily found within the home. For example, the floating ping pong ball experiment utilises a hairdryer and ping pong ball to study what happens when two forces act on an object. A later experiment uses a balloon and a kitchen roll tube to create a makeshift stethoscope for measuring heartbeats.

The book is beautifully presented and the experiments and activities are perfect for keeping kids busy and sparking the imagination. Who knows? This book may be the starting point to a future career in science for some of its readers.

Bookbag also enjoyed This is Not a Science Book: A Smart Art Activity Book by Clive Gifford, another addition to the Ivy Press collection that simple oozes quality.

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