Robert Winston and Ian Graham

Science Experiments

Winner, Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2012

Race rockets, create crystals and grow your own germs. Make a metal detector, brew gigantic dry-ice bubbles and grab some glow in the dark jelly! These are just some of the stimulating experiments in Science Experiments by Robert Winston and Ian Graham. Packed with fun, exciting and often explosive experiments, this book proved to be a winner with the Prize’s young judges.

Judges' comments

The shortlisting panel said “This brilliant book contains clear instructions for loads of great experiments, from things that you can try yourself (without getting in trouble from your parents), to spectacular tricks to try with adults present. Lots of books on experiments cover the same old ground, but this book goes way beyond the usual content and contains plenty of experiments that we’d never seen before.”

Our young judges in panels across the UK enjoyed reading the book and recreating the experiemnts. The 1st Strathpeffer Brownies said: “This book was inspirational - the best science book we've seen. It is eye catching, filled with great pictures and vivid colours. This book caused a storm at our meeting - loads of excited chatter, interesting facts and a real eagerness to get experimenting.” The panel from Queen Victoria School Dunblane said: “It was like a Recipe book for Science with loads on the menu!” Aria (8) from Kew Green Preparatory School said: “Wow, I never knew you could get electricity from lemons.”

Watch our film celebrating the six shortlisted books, as reviewed by some of the young people who made up the judging panels across the UK responsible for selecting the winning book.

The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize winner is selected by groups of young people in judging panels across the UK. Over 1000 young people, from 120 panels, took part to select the 2012 winner, Science Experiments by Robert Winston and Ian Graham, from a shortlist of 6 books. The panels were asked to submit video reviews of the shortlist as part of a video competition, the winning video review by Cardinal Wiseman School, is shown below.

As the producers of the winning video their panel was awarded £300 in book tokens.

Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

Royal Society Junior Prize for Science Books

Royal Society’s Aventis Prize for Science Books’ Junior Prize

See the full list of all the winners.