Monday, July 29, 2019

Science in a Jar: 35+ Experiments in Biology, Chemistry, Weather, the Environment, and More!

Science in a Jar is a new tutorial STEAM resource guide by Julia Garstecki. Released 23rd July 2019 by Quarto on their Quarry imprint, it's 128 pages and available in ebook and flexibound formats. Aimed at middle grade readers aged 8-12, it includes 29 labs with alternate parameter refinements for many of them, split into 5 subject chapters. The individual chapters give a nice overview in life science, chemistry, earth science, physical science, and environmental studies. The links are arranged by chapters and the alphabetical index is cross referenced.

I am constantly talking about the importance of STEAM education on my blog and elsewhere. Tomorrow's critical reasoning, innovation, problem solving, technological and medical breakthroughs are all going to come from the kids we interest today. This book has a bunch of really interesting and fun labs to do together with an adult or with minimal supervision. The supplies for the labs are easily found and can be sourced inexpensively.

It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

Five stars. This would make a great classroom resource book, summer library science activity guide, homeschooling resource guide or gift for a young person.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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