Everyday Einstein's Favorite Science Education Books (Part 2)

Everyday Einstein shares another great science education book. 

Lee Falin, PhD,
August 21, 2014

Last week I mentioned that when it comes to teaching science to my own kids, nothing beats good old-fashioned books, although we do use videos and even computer games as well. Today I want to share another recent find that my kids and I discovered at our local library.

The book is called “Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects.” I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of the “Father-Daughter” part of the title. I get that there’s a big push to get more girls interested in science, and I’ve mentioned my feelings on that before, but my sons enjoyed the projects in this book just as well, and we try to keep education pretty gender-neutral around here. 

Aside from that minor point, the book has some great projects, ranging from pretty simple to pretty complicated. There’s a good range for different skill levels. We had a lot of fun building the antigravity jar, and have big plans for some of the more tasty-looking projects. 

While the projects are fun in themselves, I do wish the book delved a little more into the science behind how they worked. Even with that missing, though, the projects provide a great springboard for discussion of why things work the way they do.

Science book image courtesy of Shutterstock.