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eBook Friday: Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects: Build*Invent*Create*Discover

Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects: Build*Invent*Create*Discover, by Jack Challoner

Build, create, invent, and discover 28 awesome experiments and activities with Maker Lab.Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution and supporting STEAM education initiatives, Maker Lab has 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors’ wheels turning and make science pure fun.Explaining science through photographs and facts that carefully detail the “why” and “how” of each experiment using real-world examples to provide context, each activity is appropriate for kids ages 8-12 years old and ranked easy, medium, or hard, with an estimated time frame for completion. Requiring only household materials, young makers can build an exploding volcano, make bath fizzies, construct a solar system, make an eggshell geode, and more.

With a foreword by Jack Andraka, a teen award-winning inventor, Maker Lab will help kids find their inner inventor to impress friends, family, and teachers and create winning projects for science fairs and school projects.


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eBook Friday: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, by Carlo Rovelli:

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics is a book about the joy of discovery. Carlo Rovelli brings a playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, offering surprising—and surprisingly easy to grasp—explanations of Einstein’s general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role humans play in this weird and wonderful world. He takes us to the frontiers of our knowledge: to the most minute reaches of the fabric of space, back to the origins of the cosmos, and into the workings of our minds. “Here, on the edge of what we know, in contact with the ocean of the unknown, shines the mystery and the beauty of the world,” Rovelli writes. “And it’s breathtaking.”


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Resource of the Month: AccessScience

Are you looking for an authoritative Reference resource for your children (or students)? AccessScience is here for you and your budding scientists!

AccessScience describe themselves this way:

AccessScience is an authoritative and dynamic online resource that contains incisively written, high-quality reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines. An award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, it offers links to primary research material, videos and exclusive animations, plus specially designed curriculum maps for teachers. With these and other online features, AccessScience is continually expanding the ways it can demonstrate and explain core, trustworthy scientific information in a way that inspires and guides users to deeper knowledge.

AccessScience’s home page presents the resources in easy-to-find categories. Tabs for Biography, Articles, and Media get you and your student to the category you need quickly. If you need everything AccessScience has to offer on a particular subject, use the search engine at the top of the page. If you get too many results using the simple search engine, the advanced search engine allows you to refine your search. If you are looking for a specific photo or video you can also limit your search by file type.

The easiest way to, ahem, access AccessScience is to go to the library’s website (www.chathamlibraries.org), click on Online Resources, then click the large NC LIVE link at the top of the Online Resources page. When you land on NC LIVE, you can either click on the link that says “Science & Technology” or you can type “AccessScience” in NC LIVE’s search field. If you are accessing this resource outside of the library, you will be prompted to log in with your library card number.

eBook Friday: Trauma

Trauma: A Novel,
by Daniel Palmer and Michael Palmer

Dr. Carrie Bryant’s four years as a neurosurgical resident at White Memorial Hospital have earned her the respect and admiration from peers and staff alike. When given the chance of performing her first unsupervised brain surgery, Carrie jumps at the opportunity.

What should have been a routine, hours long operation, turns horribly wrong and jeopardizes her patient’s life. Emotionally and physically drained, Carrie is rushed back to the OR to assist in a second surgery. There, she makes a careless and tragic mental error resulting in irreparable brain damage to her second patient. With her confidence shattered, Carrie quits her residency and moves back home where her younger brother, Adam, a combat vet suffering from debilitating PTSD, also lives.

When Carrie learns about an experimental program at the VA Medical Center exploring the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) that could forever cure the emotional and memory trauma of PTSD, it seems like a way back into medicine. Carrie is apprehensive, but a chance meeting with David Hoffman, a reporter for the Lowell Observer writing a story on PTSD, helps her overcome any hesitation.

Her first surgery appears to be a success until her patient mysteriously vanishes. When a second patient also goes missing, Carrie employees the investigative skills of David, and together they descend into a labyrinth of murder and corruption. And the price Carrie might pay for asking the wrong questions could be her life.


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eBook Friday: Why Is Milk White?

Why Is Milk White?
& 200 Other Curious Chemistry Questions,
by Alexa Coelho and Simon Quellen Field:

When it comes to chemistry, most kids have more questions than answers. Why do you get cavities when you eat too much sugar? How does sun block protect your skin from getting a sunburn? What makes soda so fizzy? And why do you need antifreeze in your car? Teenager Alexa Coelho quizzed her neighbor, chemist Simon Field, with hundreds of perplexing questions, and now she has the answers. Field covers a wide variety of concepts from simple to complex, but always with straightforward, easy-to-understand explanations.

And for those readers who want to see chemistry in action, Why Is Milk White? also includes a dozen unique experiments to try at home. Lift latent fingerprints from a “crime scene” using super glue (for a glass or smooth surface) or iodine (for paper). Hollow out the zinc interior of a penny using muriatic acid, leaving only a thin copper shell. Conduct a paper chromatography experiment to separate food coloring into its component dyes. Or use easy-to-find chemicals to create plastic “slime,” Silly Putty, or a bouncing ball. This book is the perfect resource for budding scientists everywhere.


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Resource of the Month: Science in Context

ScienceInContextGot a science fair coming up? Maybe a middle school or high school science paper due?  Check out Science in Context!

Science in Context is an online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. Science in Context helps students learn about the subject matter by integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with today’s headlines and videos – showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.  This resource also contains more than 200 experiments and projects that provide practical experience on many scientific concepts.

To access Science in Context, visit www.nclive.org and click on the Science and Technology subject heading. Choose Science in Context from the list of resources. If you are accessing this resource outside of the library, you will be prompted to log in with your library card number.

From the Science in Context home page, you can search for information on a variety of topics. You can also browse a list of topics, view maps related to various science topics, and view the curriculum standards in math and science by grade level both nationally and for North Carolina.

National Electric Week

Electricity is something we take for granted today. No longer do we mostly survive on candles, with only a few lucky people able to afford electricity; now just about everyone has electricity and fancy scented candles are the luxury! Electricity came to Pittsboro in 1922, and almost  forty years later this celebration of National Electric Week ran in the Chatham Record. Click on the image below to read a larger version.

From February 9, 1961:

Don’t miss the “odd fact” in the upper left! Also, it’s a little late for Valentine’s Day references, but I couldn’t help but leave in the cheery ad for Roberts Jewelry & Soda Shop.

Not a headline you see much these days

from the July 3, 1890 issue of The Chatham Record:

Located for your convenience right next to the Children’s Column.

News of the Weird: 1925 edition

From June 25, 1925:

STRANGE AND CURIOUS Peculiarities That Will Astonish Almost Anyone.

Three thousand years from now man may have hoofs, says Prof. Conrad Tharaldsen, of the zoology department of Northwestern University. He will probably have a huge dome of a head, a spindling body, dumpy legs, and feet something like those of a horse. As a result of inaction and little need of muscular strength man’s arms and legs are already beginning to dwindle in size, says the professor. Mechanical inventions are rapidly doing away with the need for muscle, he says, and lack of use is causing the muscular portions of the body to degenerate. But man’s ever-growing brain will need more room. As a consequence his skull will get bigger and bigger until it resembles a dome.

A little research has revealed that after leaving Northwestern, Prof. Tharaldsen went on to hold the position of Professor of Anatomy at New York Medical College, and was active in professional societies for many years; he also enjoyed gardening. Hopefully his arms and legs had not yet dwindled down to the point of impeding him too greatly in this pastime. . .