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How Things Work: 100 Ways Parents and Kids Can Share the Secrets of Technology
Here is a fascinating guide to the world of machines and technology, packed with hundreds of hands-on experiments for the whole family. Activities are designed to use every-day materials that are inexpensive and easy to obtain. For ages 8-14.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Readers Digest
(first published January 1st 1995)
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I love this whole series of books. This year I am using this one along with How Science Works for my son's sixth grade science texts. Each concept is presented on a two page layout with demonstrations and experiments that he can do to explore further. Following the classical model, he then writes up lab reports on the following day. These books are great for that kind of schedule.
Ardley joined the editorial staff of the World Book Encyclopedia in 1962, when the London branch of the American publisher was producing an international edition. This took four years, during which time he developed the skill of editing and writing introductory material for the young. After a brief period working for Hamlyn, he became a freelance editor in 1968 (which enabled him to continue with ...moreMore about Neil Ardley...