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The Racecar Book
The Racecar Book

The Racecar Book

Build and Race Mousetrap Cars, Dragsters, Tri-Can Haulers & More

Science in Motion

JUVENILE NONFICTION

216 Pages, 8 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $16.95)

Publication Date: October 2013

ISBN 9781613747148

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2013)

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Overview

A project book for young readers with a need for speed, this work provides instruction on 25 easy-to-construct racecars that can be driven both indoors and out. They will learn how to use mousetraps, rubber bands, chemical reactions, gravity, and air pressure to power the cars that are made for little or no cost using recycled and repurposed materials. Readers will discover how to turn a potato chip can, a rubber band, and weights into a Chip-Can Dancer; retrofit a car with a toy plane propeller to make an air-powered Prop Car; and use an effervescent tablet in a small canister to make an impressive rocket engine for a Mini Pop Car. Each project is accompanied by a materials list, detailed step-by-step instructions with photos, and explanations of the science behind each racecar, including concepts such as friction, Newton’s laws of motion, and kinetic and potential energy.

Reviews

"Highly recommended." —Midwest Book Review

"Edible racers would be a smash hit at learning co-ops classes, science competitions and birthday parties. Who will win the main event: Chocolate Thunder, Spud Racer, Mallow Magic, Bun Fun, or Rice Car? Start your engines!" —Practical Homeschooling

Author Biography

Bobby Mercer has been a high school physics teacher for more than two decades. He is the author of The Flying Machine Book and Smash It! Crash It! Launch It! He lives outside of Asheville, North Carolina.