This activity book for budding biologists introduces kids to the five kingdoms of life through 25 engaging projects using materials commonly found around the house, yard, or classroom. Kids will learn how to conduct experiments using the scientific method in a carefully controlled environment. They'll make their own culture media and determine which is more effective at inhibiting the growth of bacteria: an antiseptic, a disinfectant, or plain soap and water. They will delight in collecting and comparing night-flying versus day-flying insects and learn how to clone a mushroom from a piece of its own tissue. Plenty of background information is provided, along with fun facts, a glossary, and wonderful Web sites to explore.
Dr. Bottone is the owner of Scriptorium Medica Medical Writing, Inc., a medical writing and publishing company where he serves as the lead writer. Additionally, he has authored twenty peer-reviewed publications including eight first-author articles in journals such as The Journal of Biological Chemistry and The Journal of Nutrition and Carcinogenesis. Dr. Bottone has also received numerous awards including the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award from the VWC Alumni Association and the 2005 Kenneth R. Keller Research Award for excellence in research from North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.