Kate the Chemist: The Big Book of Experiments

Kate the Chemist: The Big Book of Experiments

by Kate Biberdorf


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Packed with 25 incredible science experiments kids can do at home, Kate the Chemist introduces young scientists to the fascinating world of STEM!

Have you ever wondered how to make a volcano explode? Or why dropping dry ice in soap bubbles forms neon brains?

With 25 kid-friendly science experiments, and stunning full-color photographs, Kate the Chemist's big book of experiments, shows kids just how fun—and easy—it is to be a scientist. Learn how to make slime, fake tattoos, edible snot, and more! Experiments include step-by-step instructions, an ingredients list, full color photographs, a messiness factor rating, and a note from Kate.

Create future engineers, scientists, and inventors, and introduce your child to the world of STEM with Kate the Chemist: The Big Book of Experiments!

Praise for The Big Book of Experiments:

"The experiments are all designed and presented in a way, not just to make science fun, but to make it accessible for all ages and interest levels. This is a great book to follow if you are currently homeschooling across multiple grade levels."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593116166
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/31/2020
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 18,723
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dr. Kate Biberdorf, also known as Kate the Chemist by her fans, is a science professor at UT-Austin by day and a science super hero by night (well, she does that by day, too). Kate travels the country building a STEM army of kids who love science as much as she does. You can often find her breathing fire or making slime—always in her lab coat and goggles.

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Hi! My name is Dr. Kate Biberdorf, but most people call me Kate the Chemist. You can usually find me teaching classes in Austin, Texas, or setting off explosions on national TV. For years, I’ve been bombarded with requests for at-home activities; so over summer break, I embarked on a mission to compile my favorite science experiments into one awesome book!

Do you know what chemistry is, besides being the best science in the entire world? It’s the study of energy and matter, and their interactions with each other. Like how a gecko climbs a wall or how a rocket moves through space. If you follow the protocols (i.e., recipes) in this book closely, you will learn how both of these things happen. I’ll even show you how to use unicorn glue and send a secret message to your BFF!

Every experiment can be done safely in your home with materials purchased online or in local pharmacies, craft stores, or home improvement stores. Just pay close attention to the safety icons and messiness levels to avoid hurting yourself (or your mom’s favorite table).

Lastly, these experiments are better when shared with friends. So what are you waiting for? Call your bestie, grab your goggles—it’s time for science!


Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Bubble Snake 3

Unicorn Glue 7

Edible Snot 11

Fake Tattoos 15

Secret Message 19

Elephant's Toothpaste 23

Soda Volcano 27

Puffy Slime 31

Magnetic Slime 35

Raincoat 39

Moon Rocks 43

Make a President Scream 47

Foaming Sandcastles 51

Ghost 57

Potato Night-Light 61

Neon Brains 65

Gliter Bubble Volcano 69

Double Balloon Rocket 73

Dry Ice Bubbles 77

Lemon-Lime Clock 81

Dancing Raisins 85

Lava Lamp 89

Trapped Tornado 93

Snow 97

Hot Ice 101

Acknowledgments 104

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