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Got junk? Build a quick science project! ... Two readers will win "Junk Drawer Physics" book


If you have a plastic spoon, a clothespin, glue and a block of wood, you can really have some fun creating a catapult.

And, with your kids going back to school, you’ll be ready for the next show-and-tell or science fair if you simply have items such as soda straws, masking tape, a balloon, paper towel tube and string.

In “Junk Drawer Physics: 50 Awesome Experiments That Don’t Cost a Thing,” author Bobby Mercer shows how you and your children can follow simple steps to make “50 awesome experiments.”

Truly, these are so easy, even I can do them!

You can learn about electricity and magnetism by just rubbing two drinking straws on a head of hair (most homes have at least one) and placing one straw on a glass that is turned upside down while you place the second straw in close proximity to the first straw. Voila! Without the straws touching, you are able to move the balanced straw due to … SCIENCE!

I’ve seen other books before that promised “easy” experiments for kids, but this one IS easy … and fun.

All that’s required is basically what you would find in your kitchen junk drawer or somewhere in your home.

Toy car? Two magnets? Tape or Glue? I have all of these, and if you do, too, you could make a no-touch race car.

Empty jar? Old toy? Glitter? Water? Hot Glue or superglue? You can make a snow globe!

Email me your name, contact information and mailing address, and I will randomly select two winners to receive a free copy of “Junk Drawer Physics.”

Deadline for entries is Aug. 23, 2014.

– Linda Lynn

Follow me on Twitter @OKNewsResearch



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Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›