Explore Gravity!: With 25 Great Projects by Cindy Blobaum and illustrated by Bryan Stone

explore gravityExplore Gravity!: With 25 Great Projects by Cindy Blobaum and illustrated by Bryan Stone. Nomad Press, 2013. 96 pages.

  • Reading Level: Middle Grades (ages 8-10, 10-12)
  • Maturity Level: Ages 4-8 and up

Explore Gravity is part activity book, part experiment book, and part textbook that explores gravity-related concepts (cause of gravity, effects of gravity, past discoveries) and features coordinating activities and experiments. Explanations of complex scientific concepts are very student-friendly. Most activities could be accomplished at home with basic household supplies. The book is well organized and includes a good glossary as well as resources for further study. In addition, there is a timeline that showcases a nice history of gravity-related discoveries and famous scientists (space and astronomy concepts; Copernicus, Gallileo, Kepler, and others). Remarkably little evolutionary language is used for a book that references space, but some readers may be disappointed in the use of BCE/CE references for dates. All in all, this is a nice resource for extra science enrichment and provides an opportunity to explore a fascinating element of creation, particularly when we remember that all of creation holds together in and is sustained by Christ Himself.

Cautions: Worldview (slight; use of “BCE/CE” terminology for dates)

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5

  • Worldview/Moral Rating: 3.5 out of 5
  • Artistic Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Categories: Education (Curriculum Enrichment), How-To, Earth Science, Nonfiction

Cover image from Amazon

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2 Comments

  1. Sheila on September 29, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    What does BCE and CE mean? Thanks!

    • Janie on September 30, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Sheila: CE stands for “Common Era,” the preferred secular substitution for “Anno Domini” (A.D.). So BCE is “Before the Common Era,” instead of “Before Christ.” They can change the letters, but the numbers will always stand!

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