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Canadian science journalist Bob McDonald said he's always liked the question-and-answer format in books and interviews, because it's what scientists use in their investigations — and it's how kids learn.
So, the host of Canada's national radio station (CBC) show "Quirks and Quarks" created a whole Q&A book to answer questions about space targeted at kids and young teenagers, between ages 8 and 14. It's called "An Earthling's Guide to Outer Space" (Simon & Schuster Canada, 2019), and it is available for purchase Tuesday (Oct. 22).
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"I just talk to them and use plain language," McDonald told Space.com about speaking with kids. "I try to stay away from all the scientific jargon. It [the book] is not a textbook. It's an introduction to space, and hopefully they'll take it from there."
Canadian journalist Bob McDonald has covered space exploration for about 40 years and now has a new book for kids.
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McDonald has been popularizing science for kids (and adults) for more than a generation. In the 1980s, he was a docent at the Ontario Science Centre, a major museum in Toronto. After moving into journalism, he hosted "Wonderstruck," a series aimed at teaching children about science, on CBC Television between 1986 and 1992. The inspiration for this new book came from the "Heads Up!" science series, a kids' show he hosted on Canadian educational station TVOntario between 2005 and 2008.
McDonald is also a bestselling science author, with titles such as "Canadian Spacewalkers" (Douglas & McIntyre, 2014) and "Measuring the Earth With a Stick" (Puffin Canada, 2001). For his latest book, he decided to take a "participational approach" to encourage kids not only to read the information, but also to conduct science experiments based on some ideas in the book. One fun...
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