The Flying Machine Book by Bobby Mercer
Build and Launch 35 Rockets, Gliders, Helicopters, Boomerangs, and More (Science in Motion)

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Calling all future Amelia Earharts and Chuck Yeagers—there’s more than one way to get off the ground. Author and physics teacher Bobby Mercer will show readers 35 easy-to-build and fun-to-fly contraptions that can be used indoors or out. Better still, each of these rockets, gliders, boomerangs, launchers, and helicopters are constructed for little or no cost using recycled materials.             The Flying Machine Book will show readers how to turn rubber bands, paper clips, straws, plastic bottles, and index cards into amazing, gravity-defying flyers. Learn how to turn a drinking straw, rubber band, and index card into a Straw Rocket, or convert a paper towel tube into a Grape Bazooka. Empty water bottles can be transformed into Plastic Zippers and Bottle Rockets, and ordinary paper can be cut and folded to make a Fingerrangs—a small boomerang—or a Maple Key Helicopter.             Each project contains a material list and detailed step-by-step instructions with photos. Mercer also includes explanations of the science behind each flyer, including concepts such as lift, thrust, and drag, the Bernoulli effect, and more. Readers can use this information to modify and improve their flyers, or explain to their teachers why throwing a paper airplane is a mini science lesson.   Bobby Mercer has been sharing the fun of free flight for over two decades as a high school physics teacher. He is the author of several books and lives with his family outside of Asheville, North Carolina.
 

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Bobby Mercer has been sharing the fun of free flight for over two decades as a high school physics teacher. He is the author of several science books and lives with his family outside Asheville, North Carolina.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Chicago Review Press. 210 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Science & Math.

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Physics teacher Mercer, who described science principles in sports in The Leaping, Sliding, Sprinting, Riding Science Book (2006) here provides clear directions for building a variety of flying machines including rockets, gliders, helicopters, boomerangs and assorted launchers.

Mar 28 2012 | Read Full Review of The Flying Machine Book: Buil...

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Not only is there some background given on the various toys, but the toys show a number of ways to get the objects in the air, ranging from paper airplanes to a variety of projectiles and ways to shoot the planes into the air.

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