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• 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!)
Table of Contents
Experiment: Gardener’s Green Thumb—or Is It Yellow, or Violet?
Solar Energy Beam
Experiment: Solar Party Time?
Robots and Androids
Experiment: Can You Beat That!
Experiment: We Have Liftoff!
Experiment: Instant Replay!
Experiment: Riding the Waves
Bonus Experiment: Keys to Success
Experiment: Birthday Blast
Experiment: Thanks for the Memory
The World Wide Web
Experiment: Just Browsing
Experiment: Going for a Spin
Experiment: Optical Illusion?
Experiment: Play Your Cards Right
The “Internet of Things”
Experiment: How Are “Things”?
Experiment: Virus to the Rescue
Experiment: On the Right Track
Clothing as Air Conditioner
Experiment: Hey—Chill Out!
Experiment: Hey—Cut It Out!
Experiment: Clear as a Bell?
Experiment: Homemade Holograms
Experiment: Preparing for Surgery
Experiment: Flight Testing
Test Tube Meat
Experiment: What’s that Growing in My Kidney
Harvesting Water from the Air
Experiment: Water Catchers
Experiment: Taking the Battery Out for a Spin
Experiment: Thanks for the Lift
Experiment: Going Up?
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