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British Science Week 2019

4th March 2019

Books for British Science Week 2019

British Science Week runs 8-17th March 2019 and is a ten day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. There are many different ways you can get involved, including their annual design a poster competition, loads of events and brilliant activity packs to explore.

There are heaps of books about science, technology, engineering and maths but we've handpicked the very best for your budding scientist.

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Ada Twist and the Perilous Pantaloons

Ada Twist is full of questions. A scientist to her very core, Ada asks why again and again. One question always leads to another until she's off on a journey of discovery!

When Rosie Revere's Uncle Ned gets a little carried away wearing his famous helium pantaloons, it's up to Ada and friends to chase him down. As Uncle Ned floats farther and farther away, Ada starts asking lots of questions: How high can a balloon float? Is it possible for Uncle Ned to float into outer space? And what's the best plan for getting him down?

In this new chapter-book adventure, Ada must rely on her curious mind, her brave spirit, and her best pals Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck to solve a mystery in her own backyard.

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Science is Magic: Amaze your Friends with Spectacular Science Experiments

Learn how to perform magic tricks and illusions using simple science experiments in this children's activity book for kids aged 7-9. Join science presenter Steve Mould, #1 bestselling author of How to be a Scientist , to find out the secrets behind amazing magic tricks. Learn how to bend water with a balloon, make a glass beaker disappear in oil, and wow your friends with levitating tinsel!

Each magic trick is explained using step-by-step photography, with the science behind each one described clearly and simply. Plus, interspersed throughout the book you'll find out how legendary magicians and illusionists, such as Harry Houdini, used science when performing their most famous tricks.

Kids will love impressing their friends and families with simple magic tricks that teach them valuable science lessons at the same time. Packed with optical illusions and fun facts - Science is Magic is a must for any wannabe scientist or magician.

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Science Lab

From building a bridge and crafting an automaton to making a guitar and creating a crane, Science Lab is packed with activities that young readers can do at home to explore, discover, and understand the way the world works.

How do boats stay afloat? How can seals stay warm in very cold temperatures? How can you make a ball levitate? With fun, hands-on projects and experiments, this book reveals how science, technology, engineering, and maths are woven through the world around us.

Simple steps guide readers through the stages of each project, with spotlights on the key science, technology, engineering, and maths learning involved in each project along the way. "Test and tweak" panels encourage young readers to experiment and take their projects to the next level, developing their independence, initiative, and creative thinking skills.

With a focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and maths) across school curricula to prepare children for the modern world, Science Lab will inspire and engage inquisitive young readers. It's perfect for school projects, homework help, and firing up imaginations.

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The Quiet at the End of the World

"A hugely rewarding read." SFX Magazine

"James is one to watch." Kirkus Reviews

How far would you go to save those you love? Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking and looking for treasure - until a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity's entire existence. Now Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide what to sacrifice to save the whole human race...

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Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

Max Einstein is a typical 12-year-old. She...

Goes to college every day
Plays speed chess in the park
Builds inventions that help the homeless
And talks to Albert Einstein

All normal stuff, right?

Until one day when Max is recruited by a mysterious organisation! Their mission: solve some of the world's toughest problems using science. She's helped by a diverse group of young geniuses from around the globe as they invent new ways to power the farthest reaches of the planet.

But that's only if the sinister outfit known as The Corporation doesn't get to her first...

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Science Scribble Book

Think like a scientist in this innovative activity book, full of science activities to explore, record, discover and invent. Investigate forces, turbines, mirror writing, skeletons, animal migration and lots more, all using only the book and your pencil case. Includes links to websites with even more science activities and downloadable templates.

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iExplore The Brain

The next incredible book in our Augmented Reality series takes you deep inside the human brain! Take a journey into the human body and learn how your brain works with this fascinating book packed with facts about your grey matter. The brain dives deeper into the subject matter of the human brain by looking at how it works in close detail: from senses to memory, automatic and voluntary movements all the way to how the brain uses neurotransmitters to give us emotions, the brain is at the core of everything we do. Then use Augmented Reality to witness amazing science right before your eyes by placing your tablet or smartphone near the visual trigger on the page and watch which part of the brain is triggered by your activity.

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Al's Awesome Science: Blast-Off!

Al and his friends are experimenting to blast off his time machine. Trouble is fiddling with homemade rockets is messy, and adding too much baking powder to their birthday cake causes some unexpected gassy consequences...

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The Little Inventors Handbook: A Guide to Becoming an Ingenious Inventor

A step by step guide to thinking up fantastical, funny or perfectly practical inventions with no limits!

This book encourages budding inventors to think big and have fun with their imaginations! Be inspired by drawings of scarf helicopters, ladybird umbrellas, and ghost wash'n'dry machines! Check out toothbrush maraccas, square peas, and nose scratchers! What will YOU invent?

With this step by step guide, Chief Inventor Dominic Wilcox talk Little Inventors through the process of coming up with new ideas, including problem solving, ways to make objects better, and thinking about the ways people use things.

Complete activities and learn some cool facts about the history of inventions, science, tech, art and design along the way! Based on the project which takes children's invention ideas and makes them real.

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