The Motorboat Book

The Motorboat Book
The Motorboat Book

The Motorboat Book

Build & Launch 20 Jet Boats, Paddle-Wheelers, Electric Submarines & More
By Ed Sobey

Science in Motion

JUVENILE NONFICTION

224 Pages, 8 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

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

ISBN 9781613744475

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Mar 2013)

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Overview

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, the boats’ propellers and paddles can be side-mounted or at the stern, or even sit above the waterline, like a fan-powered swamp boat. The Motorboat Book will show children how to build more than 20 different models through step-by-step instructions with clear photos. And if they’d rather travel under the water than over it, the book has 6 different submarine projects.            In addition to the boatbuilding activities, author Ed Sobey includes instructions on how to build an “ocean” to test the boats, as well as accessories such as four different water pumps, waterproof battery and motor cases, and a working foghorn. Most of the boats are built from recycled and easy-to-find materials, but an appendix lists local and online sources for wire, plastic propellers, small motors, and more. Educators will appreciate the Meeting Science Standards summary at the end of the book.

Reviews

"Although The Motorboat Book is accessible to young people ages 9 and up (with parental guidance, especially when crafting battery-powered water devices), nautically-included hobbyists of all ages and backgrounds will thoroughly enjoy the hands-on, how-to projects. Highly recommended.”—Children's Book Watch

“Children nine years of age and older will find the boat building activities in The Motorboat Book provide hours of fun. Since these projects utilize STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts and methods, teachers and parents home schooling their children will also be interested in this valuable resource book.”—BookLoons.com

"What better way to learn about the physical properties of water and other materials than making boats?" —Practical Homeschooling

Author Biography

Ed Sobey is the author of Unscrewed, The Way Toys Work, and The Way Kitchens Work, and many other titles.

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