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Unscrewed: Salvage and Reuse Motors, Gears, Switches, and More from Your Old Electronics

by Ed Sobey

Perfect for the do-it-yourselfer, this handy guide to household electronics gives the weekend workbench enthusiast a multitude of ideas on how to salvage valuable parts from old electronics and turn them into...


Inventing Toys: Kids Having Fun Learning Science

by Ed Sobey

An intriguing combination of invention and toy making, this guide encourages students to work in teams to design and fabricate working toys while learning the fundamentals of science, design, tool usage, and...


The Motorboat Book: Build & Launch 20 Jet Boats, Paddle-Wheelers, Electric Submarines & More

by Ed Sobey

There’s more than one way to power a toy boat. Electric motors, balloons, gears, water jets, belt drives, chemical reactions, steam, and even gravity can be used to propel a small ship across a pool. Also,...


Solar Cell and Renewable Energy Experiments

by Ed Sobey

Give renewable energy a try! Solar, wind, and hydropower can be used to offset the use of fossil fuels. The projects in this book teach young readers about solar cells, electricity, and energy. Experiment with...


Robot Experiments

by Ed Sobey

Build your own robot! Learn what makes a robot work. Then design, build, and program your very own robot. The experiments in this book will guide you through the field of robotics. Many experiments include ideas...


Radio-Controlled Car Experiments

by Ed Sobey

How does a radio-controlled car work? Author Ed Sobey guides readers as they take apart and rebuild their own radio-controlled car. In the process readers will also learn about radio waves, acceleration, towing...


Electric Motor Experiments

by Ed Sobey

You can find motors in countless household devices. Discover how they work as author Ed Sobey guides young readers through the disassembly and rebuilding of a motor. Make your own motor and improve it for different...


The Way Toys Work: The Science Behind the Magic 8 Ball, Etch A Sketch, Boomerang, and More

by Ed Sobey & Woody Sobey

A Selection of the Scientific American Book Club

Profiling 50 of the world’s most popular playthings—including their history, trivia, and the technology involved—this guide uncovers the hidden science of...


The Way Kitchens Work: The Science Behind the Microwave, Teflon Pan, Garbage Disposal, and More

by Ed Sobey

How does a microwave heat food? Why is only one side of aluminum foil shiny? and Is it better to use cold or hot water in a garbage disposal? are among the questions answered in this guide that reveals the...


A Field Guide to Roadside Technology

by Ed Sobey

This fascinating handbook answers the questions of anyone who has ever wondered about the many strange devices found along the roadside, from utility poles to satellite dishes. Devices are grouped according...


A Field Guide to Office Technology

by Ed Sobey

With more than 160 entries detailing everything from the junk buried in desk drawers to that mysterious box blinking away in the coat closet, this practical guide navigates through modern office technology....


A Field Guide to Household Technology

by Ed Sobey

Illustrating how a fire alarm detects smoke and what the “plasma” is in a plasma screen television, this fascinating handbook explains how everyday household devices function and operate. More than 180 different...