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How to Build a Hovercraft : Air Cannons, Magnetic Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects
by Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe

Overview - From the Coke and Mentos fountain makers who found initial fame via Maker Faire and YouTube (more than 150 million views ) comes this collection of DIY science projects guaranteed to inspire a love of experimentation. Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz, also known as EepyBird, share their favorite projects: a giant air vortex cannon, a leaf blower hovercraft, a paper airplane that will fly forever, and many more.  Read more...

 
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Overview
From the Coke and Mentos fountain makers who found initial fame via Maker Faire and YouTube (more than 150 million views ) comes this collection of DIY science projects guaranteed to inspire a love of experimentation. Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz, also known as EepyBird, share their favorite projects: a giant air vortex cannon, a leaf blower hovercraft, a paper airplane that will fly forever, and many more. Each experiment features instructions that will take users from amateur to showman level--there's something here for all skill levels--alongside illustrations, photographs, and carefully explained science. How to Build a Hovercraft is guaranteed to engage curious minds and create brag-worthy results

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781452109527
  • ISBN-10: 1452109524
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA)
  • Publish Date: November 2013
  • Page Count: 190
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-17


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In How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnet Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects, Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe declare that “you’re never too old to be the coolest kid on the block.” The authors should know: They’re the guys behind the incredible Coke-and-Mentos videos (Google them) that inspired the rest of us to run to the grocery store and make our own (smaller, but still fantastic) backyard geysers. They specialize in transforming everyday materials and objects into extraordinary fun—all of it based solidly in science. Nerd-tastic projects are divided into three levels of difficulty, which means even young beginners can geek out with quick tricks and illusions. Crank it up with an Air Vortex Cannon made out of a trash can and a shower curtain liner, or the titular hovercraft, which comes in three sizes, from tabletop balloon to driveway leaf blower. Some experiments require adult help, what with the addition of power tools and/or fire, but some, like the Sticky Note Slinky, are as safe as they are spectacular. 

 
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