Check It Out: Books full of amazing science experiments

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Kids who attend this year's Einstein Science Expo will inevitably be inspired to find science experiments they can try at home.

For children ages 8 and older, the "Mythbusters Science Fair Book" and "Mythbusters Confirm or Bust: Science Fair Book #2," both by Samantha Margles, are smart entertainment.

Based on the popular Discovery Channel show "Mythbusters," which features up-for-anything special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, the "Mythbusters" books test the validity of all manner of popular science claims. The experiments in each book fall under one of two categories : "Try This," in which children can confirm scientific truths through experiments or "Myth," in which the scientific method is used to bust urban legends and science-based rumors.

From the classic (making a baking soda volcano or a Mentos and cola geyser ) to the truly original (testing your goldfish's memory, disproving MacGyver stunts), these experiments generally require nothing more than critical thinking skills and common household items.

The full-color layouts, loaded with photographs and cool sidebars, as well as clear instructions, provide solid science with a pop culture vibe.

Be sure to stop by the Brown County Library's booth if you attend the Einstein Science Expo at Shopko Hall on January 12. Featuring many interactive activities exploring all facets of science, this dynamic family event runs from 9am -4pm. Admission: $2 for adults, $5 for kids (ages 3-18), free for ages 2 and under. See you there!

Books for elementary to middle school children

"Build Your Own Periscope, Flashlight, and Other Useful Stuff" By Tammy Enz (Grades 5-8)

Build-a-Lab! Science Projects series: "Chemistry Projects with a Laboratory You Can Build"; "Meteorology Projects with a Weather Station You Can Build"; "Sound Projects with a Music Lab You Can Build" By Robert Gardner (Grades 7-10)

"The Case of the Soda Explosion and other True Science Mysteries for You to Solve" By Darlene R. Stille (Grades 3-5)

Checkerboard How-To Library: Cool Science series: "Cool Distance Assistants: Fun Science Projects to Propel Things" By James Hopwood; "Cool Odor Decoders: Fun Science Projects about Smells" and "Cool Spy Supplies: Fun Top Secret Science Projects" By Esther Beck (Grades 4-6)

"Crazy Contraptions" By Susan Martineau (Grades 3-6)

"Crime Scene Science Fair Projects" By Elizabeth Stoke Harris (Grades 6-10)

"The Everything Kids' Magical Science Experiments Book: Dazzle your Friends and Family with Dozens of Science Tricks!" By Tom Robinson (Grades 3-6)

"Explore Winter: 25 Great Ways to Learn about Winter" By Maxine Anderson (Grades 2-5)

Fact Finders: Invent It series: "Build It: Invent New Structures and Contraptions"; Repurpose It: Invent New Uses for Old Stuff; "Zoom It: Invent New Machines that Move" By Tammy Enz (Grades 5-7)

Fantastic Physical Science Experiments series: "Dazzling Science Projects with Light and Color"; "Sensational Science Projects With Simple Machines" By Robert Gardner (Grades 4-6)

"Gross Me Out!: 50 Nasty Projects to Disgust Your Friends & Family" By Joe Rhatigan (Grades 2-5 )

"Howtoons: The Possibilities are Endless" By Saul Griffith, Nick Dragotta, Joost Bonsen (Grades 4-6)

"Last-Minute Science Fair Projects : When Your Bunsen's Not Burning But The Clock's Really Ticking Science" By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (Grades 3-6)

"The Leaping, Sliding, Sprinting, Riding Science Book: 50 Super Sports Science Activities" By Bobby Mercer (Grades 5-8)

"Optical Illusion Experiments" By Michael A. Dispezio (Grades 3-8)

"Rocket Science: 50 Flying, Floating, Flipping, Spinning Gadgets Kids Create Themselves" By Jim Wiese (Grades 3-7)

"Rubber-Band Banjos And A Java Jive Bass : Projects And Activities On The Science Of Music And Sound" By Alex Sabbeth (Grades 5-7)

"Save The Earth Science Experiments: Science Fair Projects For Eco-Kids" By Elizabeth Snoke Harris (Grades 4-8)

"Smash it! Crash it! Launch it!: 50 Mind-Blowing, Eye-Popping Science Experiments" By Rain Newcomb, Bobby Mercer (Grades 4-8)

"Weather Projects for Young Scientists: Experiments and Science Fair Ideas" By Mary Kay Carson (Grades 4-8)

"Yikes! Wow! Yuck!: Fun Experiments for Your First Science Fair" By Elizabeth Snoke Harris (Grades 3-6)

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