Introduce kids to the excitement of doing hands-on, real science experiments with the Exploring the Building Blocks of Science Book 1 Laboratory Notebook. Each easy to perform experiment encourages students to use critical thinking skills and is organized around the scientific method-the process real scientists follow in doing experiments. Inexpensive common household items and foods are used for the experiments, and the setup time is minimal. There are two experiments that coincide with each of the 22 chapters of the Exploring the Building Blocks of Science Book 1 Student d104book-44 experiments in all. This Laboratory Notebook accompanies Exploring the Building Blocks of Science Book 1 Student d104book and Exploring the Building Blocks of Science Book 1 Teacher's Manual. Other supplemental materials are available at www.realscience4kids.com.
Dr. Keller received her PhD in biophysical chemistry from the University of New Mexico in 1992. She continued her work with an NSF postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Molecular Biology at UNM followed by a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Keller didn't set out to be an author, but as she home schooled her three children, her scientific background, coupled with her love of learning, brought her to a decisive point in her career. Taking the plunge, she decided to leave academia and develop a series of science books for kids. Dr. Keller has written for the Christian home school market for over eight years, and having been in an academic setting for most of her adult career, Dr. Keller understands the issues faced by both religious and secular parents. The Real Science-4-Kids books are Dr. Keller's answer to the difficult territory teachers and parents navigate as they try to sort through the various philosophical perspectives found in science. Real Science-4-Kids is written as a "worldview-neutral" curriculum that Dr. Keller hopes will not only provide students with a solid foundation for science, but also give them the tools to evaluate scientific data on their own. Dr. Keller does not believe we should rely on the "experts" but instead learn how to critically evaluate every scientific claim. "In this uncertain economy with so many social, scientific, and economic problems, it is not enough to teach our kids what to learn." says Dr. Keller, "We must also teach them how to learn and we must also encourage our kids to learn from others. Part of learning from others is to know how to engage in productive debate." Today, Real Science-4-Kids, with its easy-to-use teacher-friendly manuals and engaging, kid-friendly text, is used in 50 states as well as Australia, Canada, Japan and Korea. Dr. Keller's publishing team continues to develop and test products at her Albuquerque headquarters.