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TreeHugger Slide: Dubbed “how-to books for smart kids out to make trouble” by Wired magazine, the comic-strip style “Howtoons” show kids — and the young at heart — how to make their own bottle rockets, marshmallow shooters, toy submarines, and more, often using recycled materials, and subtly teaching a good bit of science along the way.

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htbook Howtoons: The Possibilities Are Endless

Part comic strip and part science experiment, Howtoons shows children how to find imaginative new uses for common household items like soda bottles, duct tape, mop buckets, and more–to teach kids the “Tools of Mass Construction”!

Howtoons are cartoons that teach 8– to 15–year–old readers “how to” build, create, and explore things. Combining a fun, full–color cartoon format and real life science and engineering principles, Howtoons are designed to encourage kids to become active participants in the world around them.  To buy book link here.

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Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006. To buy book link here.

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worldchangingJoost Bonsen: Boston’s Venture Catalyst

To view article link hereArticle posted July 10, 2009

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marthaIce Cream in a Bag

Scientist and inventor Saul Griffith shares an innovative way to make ice cream from his book, “Howtoons: the Possibilities Are Endless!”. To view show link here. Show date November 09, 2007

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Howtoons, a DIY Guide for Smart Trouble-Seeking Kids by Mark Horowitz 10.23.07.

Geeks aren’t born, they’re made — and here’s the instruction manual. Howtoons is part of the latest publishing trend: educational how-to books for smart kids out to make trouble — and parents desperate to supplement a nonstop diet of Halo3. The Dangerous Book for Boys defined the genre, but best in show is this richly drawn comic book containing specs for PVC marshmallow shooters, homemade ice cream (sans ice-cream maker), DIY bottle rockets, and 12 other ingenious projects. Even though co-author Saul Griffith just won a 2007 MacArthur “genius” award, the dreaded term educational never actually appears. Still, there are enough stealth physics lessons for the little monsters to learn something. First lesson: spitballs + lasers = fun.  To view full article link here.

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sljReview of the Day: Howtoons

Part how-to guide, part graphic novel, “Howtoons”, brings together the love every child has for comic books with fun, practical directions for creating everything from terrariums to turkey baster flutes.  To view full article link here.

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Howtoons and Instructables Make Learning Fun

Indianapolis, IN – June 23,2006.  To view link here.

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