Before video games, children actually went outside and, maybe, made small explosives—er, science experiments. When it rained, they’d make indoor volcanoes or learn how to light fire over water. Those were the days when Bill Nye the Science Guy ignited imaginations.
One wacky scientist, Sean Connolly, is carrying science’s torch for youngsters into a new era. Connolly has published more than 50 books about fascinating science experiments, along with pictures and history lessons about scientists from Aristotle to Einstein. These experiments really work and are fairly easy. This kinesthetic approach can groom young readers for success in the sciences.
Connolly will visit several Utah schools this week, but he’ll save some in-house experiments—from his latest book, The Book of Totally Catastrophic Science—for the King’s English. Reserve a copy of his book because after his past visit, word spread like an out-of-control experiment, and they couldn’t keep it stocked.