The Science Explorer

By Pat Murphy, Ellen Klages, Linda Shore and The Exploratorium. Illustrated by Jason Gorski.

Image: The Science Explorer Book I

 Now, Two Books of Family Experiments from the World's Favorite Hands-On Science Museum!


Both books are now available for purchase online at the Exploratorium Store.


Image: Science Explorer Book II

The Science Explorer

Published by Owl Books,
Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1996
ISBN 0-B050-4536, $12.95

Get messy with ExploraGoo
and Outrageous Ooze!
Get airborne with the Fabulous Foam Flyer!
Get loud with the Water Gong or Straw Oboe!

These are just a few of the wild and wonderful projects in The Science Explorer,the ultimate home science fun book. You'll get to make bubble bombs, amaze your friends with optical illusions, make crazy music with your own homemade instruments, and even take apart a real camera. Not only will you have hours of fun, but you'll learn all about the world around you and become a "science explorer"!

The Science Explorer, the first family-oriented activity collection from the Exploratorium is specially designed to be used by parents and children together.

-Each activity is accompanied by a special, easy-to-understand "What's Going On?" section that helps explain the underlying scientific concepts and gives tips on how tocreate your own related experiments.

-This book has been written with support from the National Science Foundation. All of the experiments have been tested by hundreds of families across the country,who selected the activities that were the most fun, the most informative, and the most likely to bring valuable "togetherness" experiences to busy families.

-Each experiment tells you how much time is required, what simple ingredients you'll need, and whether it can be done by kids alone or by kids and adults working together.


Return to the Science Explorer

The Science Explorer:
Out and About

Fantastic Science Experiments Your Family Can Do Anywhere!

Published by Owl Books
Henry Holt and Company, Inc.,1997
ISBN 0-8050-4537-6, $12.95
No longer available (out of print)

Like the first Science Explorer book, this latest volume also has fun-filled science activities that parents and kids can do together, but this time each chapter concludes with ideas for a family field trip. The projects were tested by hundreds of families nationwide who selected the most fun, the most informative, and the most valuable "togetherness" activities.

Projects revolve around mirrors, surprising structures, taking things apart, making changes, shadows, word games, and sinking and floating. The book also suggests which activities work best when you're short on time, when the whole gang is coming over, when it's a beautiful or a yucky day, or when kids want to do something artistic. It also tells you how long each experiment takes and offers easy-to-understand explanations of what's going on, scientifically, when you do them.

"It's all part of the Exploratorium's mission to make science fun, and this second book in the series is ingenious...the co-authors take simple concepts and suprise us on every page"
--Patricia Holt, San Francisco Chronicle


The Science Explorer books can now be purchased online. For ordering information, visit the new online Exploratorium Store.

The Science Explorer
ISBN 0-B050-4536, $12.95

The Science Explorer: Out and About
ISBN 0-8050-4537-6, $12.95
No longer available (out of print)


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