About the book

Stir up some sticky slime, build a Solar System with rubber bands, power a speed boat using soap, and construct an erupting volcano, all with Home Lab, exciting experiments for budding scientists. Including a foreword by Professor Robert Winston, Home Lab is packed with 28 brilliant projects, using clear step-by-step instructions, everyday ingredients that can be found around the house and amazing photography to guide you from start to finish. Plus fact-filled panels explain the science behind every experiment, as well as real-world examples providing a context to better understand scientific principles. Perfect for budding scientists and crafters, Home Lab will keep children entertained for hours.

What did the judges think?

"Science isn't just a theoretical study, but it’s actually for young people to get their hands stuck in, ask questions and find out what’s going on in the world around them. Home Lab contains wonderful experiments - I have done some with school children I work with and they have really enjoyed them. I think it’s very important to show that science is not just done in a laboratory and it isn’t only studied at university – you can do it yourself and it quite simple ways and with simple materials. The book has very easy to follow instructions, which anyone can follow. It’s interactive and I think it’s important to have that element in the shortlist."

About the author

Robert Winston is Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London and runs a research programme in the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology. He is an author and broadcaster and regularly writes and hosts popular science programmes, many of which have been shown around the world. Previous DK books include the award-winning What Makes Me Me?, Science Experiments, Human, Science Year by Year, Utterly Amazing Human Body and Utterly Amazing Science, winner of the Royal Society’s Young People's Book Prize 2015.

Professor Robert Winston
Professor Robert Winston