Hands-On Science

Paperback - September 2016 - AU $24.95

eBook - September 2016 - eRetailers


Discover more about the world of science through fun DIY science activities using easy-to-find, everyday materials.

Did you ever wonder why some insects can walk on water? Or how the ancient Egyptians made mummies? Are you curious about why a guitar sounds different from a flute? Gather some everyday materials from around your home and find out the answers with these 50 kid-approved science activities from CSIRO. + Full description

The activities cover electricity and magnetism, sound and light, heat and motion, water and gases, living things, shapes and our planet Earth. Each activity has a simple list of materials required, and uses simple step-by-step instructions and drawings to enable you to create exciting and interesting reactions, experiments and inventions. Fast facts and quiz questions will help you test your knowledge, and you’ll also find an explanation of the science behind each activity, along with examples of how each principle works in the real world.

Discover more about the world of science by making: dancing slime, rubbery bones, a ping pong ball shooter, ghastly ghostly photos, fizzy dinosaur eggs and a lemon battery. Perfect for kids aged 7 - 14.

- Short description


The editorial team behind our Double Helix magazine regularly devise experiments to help demonstrate important scientific or engineering concepts to their young readership. They source everyday materials, and publish step-by-step instructions in the magazine and on the Double Helix blog.

Hands-On Science is the collection of the best of these experiments.


"The activities have been carefully thought through, and require little more than ordinary household materials. There's information on what happened in the experiment and also how this new knowledge is applied in the real world.
"I was particularly hooked on the section about biology... I really enjoyed reading this book and performing the experiments, and would suggest it to primary and high-school students interested in science."
Lior Yoffe, "Double Helix Reader's Review", Double Helix, September 2016, p. 33


Paperback | September 2016 | $ 24.95
ISBN: 9781486306145 | 128 pages | 210 x 210 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

ePDF | September 2016
ISBN: 9781486306152
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Available from eRetailers


  • Provides 50 fantastic CSIRO-tested DIY activities
  • Every activity uses easy-to-find, everyday materials
  • Helps to explain science in everyday language
  • Activities have broader applications, and are important and useful in the world
  • CSIRO-tried and tested science you can do at home, that connects to the world around us


  • Introduction
  • Backyard biology: explore the world of living things
  • Shoot, spin, blow and wobble: the science of motion
  • Light and dark: rainbows, shadows and reflections
  • Boom, boom, boom: what's that sound?
  • Splish, splash, splosh: fun with water and liquids
  • Too hot, too cold or just right: the power of heat transfer
  • Our place in space: planet Earth
  • Feel the force: welcome to the weird world of electricity and magnetism
  • Bubbles of fun: the science of gases and air
  • Circle, square or dodecahedron: solving the puzzle of shapes
View the full table of contents.