Professor Figgy's Weather and Climate Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Activities Exploring Meteorology, Earth Systems, and Climate Change (Paperback)
Professor Figgy’s Weather and Climate Science Lab for Kids provides 52 exciting projects and educational activities, both inside and outside the home, to explore the fascinating, ever-changing, and universal subject of weather.
As champion of educational fun Jim Noonan (aka Professor Figgy) guides you through the topics of weather and climate through fun and easy activities, he also teaches the importance of affecting change in the world, through the lens of our climate’s uncertain future.
With a foreword by DIY trailblazer Martha Stewart, this comprehensive, hands-on weather and climate learning resource collects captivating activities covering subjects such as:
- The Atmosphere
- Sun & Clouds
- Wind & Rain
- Severe Weather
- Pollution & Climate Change
Each experiment includes:
- Easy-to-find Tools & Materials
- Safety Tips & Tricks
- Step-by-step How-To Instructions
- The Science Behind the Fun
- And, a bit of a trivia—featuring people of interest, historical events, and facts and figures that ground the ideas in the real world and diversify the learning experience
The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.
About the Author
Jim Noonan, aka Professor Figgy, is a tried-and-true New Englander raised in Westerly, RI, where he experienced some of the most striking weather in the world. Inspired by Mr. Rogers and Mr. Wizard, he developed a passion for science and creativity at a young age.
Jim studied theatre and chemistry at Dartmouth College and received an acting MFA from the Yale School of Drama. As a crafter at The Martha Stewart Show, Jim brought his love of science to on-air appearances with Martha herself, while developing Professor Figgy’s Fabulous Science Kits, a line of educational, crafting kits for kids. After 15 years working in NYC for clients like Ralph Lauren, Scholastic, and “The Chew,” he started his own creative projects business.
Jim lives in Brooklyn with his husband, and when he’s not hard at work formulating new kits or busy crafting, he likes to escape to the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York.
Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of best-selling books on cooking, entertaining, homekeeping, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the Emmy-winning daily syndicated television program, and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which publishes several magazines, including Martha Stewart Living; produces Martha Stewart Living Radio; and provides a wealth of ideas and information on her website.
"From convection currents to carbon dioxide, Professor Figgy’s engaging hands-on projects and well-written science explanations make learning about weather and climate fun and memorable. Kids will love diving into projects that include tornado bottles, frozen bubbles, ping-pong ball hail and air pollution sensors."—Liz Lee Heinecke, Bestselling author of Kitchen Science Lab for Kids