Who doesn’t love amusement parks? The rides are exciting, the food is yummy, and there are fun games where you can win prizes. But did you know that there’s some serious science going on in an amusement park as well? A roller coaster is a great example of Newton’s first law of motion. And sugar needs to be melted down into a liquid to make cotton candy—it’s a delicious example of chemistry! And did you know when you’re watching a baseball game, you’re actually watching great examples of physics in action? Why does the amount of spin on a pitch determine how far a ball can be hit? And what’s the scientific explanation behind players using pine tar to make their bats easier to grip? You can learn the answers to these questions and many other fun facts in the first two books in our new series, the Science of Fun Stuff.
The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks will make you an expert on the science behind the coasters you ride, the games you play, and even the snacks you eat. And you’re sure to hit a homerun with baseball fans once you’ve read The Innings and Outs of Baseball, and learn the score on all the science behind America’s favorite pastime.
In addition to discovering the science behind these fun topics, the back of each book has a section that extends the learning into other areas, like geography, history, and math. (So you can learn how amusement parks came to be, where they are located, and how high the tallest Ferris wheel actually is!) And when you’re done reading—take the quiz at the back of the book to prove to the world you’re now an expert on the subject. All content in these books has been carefully vetted by Common Core experts. That stamp of approval, combined with the fact that the text has been crafted in adherence with reading guidelines, means you can feel good about reading the Science of Fun Stuff. Maybe not as good as watching your favorite baseball team win the big game, but still pretty great!