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Clive Dobson is a sculptor, artist and builder whose range of work reflects his concern for the rapidly changing environment. He is co-author of Watersheds.

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The book is filled with appealing and informative photos, pertinent diagrams, and drawings.... Highly recommended.--Carolyn Cutt"Resource Links" (01/01/2011) These projects have great potential to inspire experimentation, especially for students skilled in geometry and graphic arts.--Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library"School Library Journal" (01/01/2011) A very interesting and useful resource for students wishing to learn more and/or engaged in projects related to wind power.--Grant Limney"Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario" (01/02/2011) Get the kids off the video games and into the workshop.--Bill Robertson"Halifax Star Phoenix" (12/18/2010) Highly Recommended.--Barbara McMillan"CM" (03/18/2011) This is a timely resource to educate and inspire future scientists to find ways to meet our energy needs.--Gillian Richardson"Canadian Teacher Magazine" (11/01/2010) Uncomplicated but interesting language, simple steps, and diagrams... will appeal to readers with an interest in this valuable renewable resource.--Dawn Talbott"VOYA" (04/01/2011) Highly Recommended.--Barbara McMillan"CM" (01/01/2011) Kids aged 10 and up can discover renewable energy by constructing, for example, a six-blade vertical-axis turbine. That's right: No lame paper airplanes here. Author Clive Dobson includes 20 projects, all made with paper, to experiment with wind and the possibilities of producing wind power, which he hopes will produce more interest and experimentation in developing small wind turbines. The text is much more than a hands-on science manual and includes a wealth of knowledge on the subject of wind.... Experimental projects begin with simple pinwheels, but can be done in any order depending on the ability and interest of the student/experimenter... Opening with a spectacular photograph of old-style windmills lining a frozen canal, the book is filled with appealing and informative photos, pertinent diagrams, and drawings. Written in lyrical style, the information is clearly presented, with reading level appropriate for advanced grade 5 students and up. A table of contents, an index and a list of resources (both books and websites) are included. This text is highly recommended and should be a useful addition to both an elementary and high school library collection.--Carolyn Cutt"Resource Links" (01/01/2011) Dobson provides a detailed and attention-grabbing short history of wind power.... Before telling his audience about the 20 designs and needed materials, he provides the scientific data needed to understand harnessing the power of the wind and discusses both vertical and horizontal axis turbines and their most obvious differences. It is the reason that he researched and wrote this book...'to help further an interest in the development of small wind devices' that might be used in homes. He then proceeds to give directions for building thirteen horizontal and seven vertical axis turbines that will produce wind power. There are even directions for three other windmills that help readers understand the difficulties faced by design engineers. The directions are clear, the illustrations most helpful and interested young scientists will be thrilled with the opportunity to create something that may impact a move toward a more sustainable lifestyle. Documented with clean photography and geometric illustration, these projects have great potential to inspire experimentation, especially for students skilled in geometry and graphic arts.... While not specifically science-project oriented, this volume could serve as support material for wind energy projects.--Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library"School Library Journal" (01/01/2011) The author asked 100 academics who were researching happiness from 60 countries around the world to distil their research into 1,0O0 jargon-free words. Their short essays are collected in the World Book of Happiness. Happiness research is based on the study of how people assess their own lives and the identification of those factors that systematically show up as fostering or deterring people's satisfaction, writes Bormans.... There are no philosophical or spiritual considerations in this book--only insight based on scientific research. The experts touch on the roles of time, money, health, success, social welfare, and the future. Journalist Bormans asked 100 academics from 50 countries who were researching happiness, just what it is makes us happy. I love the picture of the guy sitting on the floor with the crying baby in his lap and his elderly parents behind him on the couch. He's got this Mona Lisa smile that says, yeah, I'm happy, I guess. Beautiful. This book was written for kids, but teachers will find it a valuable resource for science projects and units about wind and wind power. It begins with an introduction to the science of wind and a short history of wind power--including sailboats, windmills and turbines--and a discussion about the basic principles of using wind to do work. The rest of the book describes how to build pinwheels, windmills and turbines using paper and a few other basic materials. A "What You Need" list and step-by-step instructions with sequential diagrams are provided for 20 different projects, beginning with simple pinwheels and progressing to more complex turbines. Students will have fun while they gain understanding of how wind can be harnessed with these hands-on projects. The range of complexity of projects will allow teachers to plan or assign different activities according to the abilities of their students.... With the increasing interest in wind power today, this is a timely resource to educate and inspire future scientists to find ways to meet our energy needs.--Gillian Richardson"Canadian Teacher Magazine" (11/01/2010) While this reviewer is perhaps more known for his extensive use of hot as opposed to propelled air, he is nevertheless prepared to give this book a strong buy recommendation for the elementary and middle school library. It will serve as a very interesting and useful resource for students wishing to learn more and/or engaged in projects related to wind power.... The author's carefully sequenced projects are quite clearly explained, and they encourage a developing awareness of all the factors going into effective design in order to capture the power of the wind. Perhaps best of all, they spark curiosity and encourage experimentation through trial and error. ... Well done, Clive Dobson!--Grant Limney"Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario" (01/02/2011) First [Dobson] gives us a short history of wind power, some basic principles of wind and its limitations, then gets right down to showing you how to make experimental windmills and sunflower turbines. Get the kids off the video games and into the workshop.--Bill Robertson"Halifax Star Phoenix" (12/18/2010) With uncomplicated but interesting language, simple steps, and diagrams, the projects in this book will appeal to readers with an interest in this valuable renewable resource.--Dawn Talbott"VOYA" (04/01/2011)

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