Robert Winston wins Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2012
16th November 2012
Professor Robert Winston's Science Experiments has won the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2012.
The prize, which runs alongside The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, was awarded at a ceremony in London last night.
Designed to help introduce children to science in a fun and accessible way, Science Experiments features a variety of hands-on experiments, from creating balloon rockets or glow in the dark jelly to making metal detectors.
The winning book was elected entirely by groups of young people from schools and youth groups around the UK, including judges from Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, who said: 'It was like a recipe book for science with loads on the menu!'
They selected Winston's book for the GBP 10,000 prize from a shortlist of six, which had been put together by an adult judging panel including professor Andrea Brand, inventor-in-residence at the Science Museum, and BBC science presenter Greg Foot.
The judges described Science Experiments as a 'brilliant' book. '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,' they said.
Also on the shortlist were How the Weather Works, a pop-up book written by Christiane Dorion and illustrated by Beverley Young, and the interactive See Inside Inventions by Alex Frith with illustrations by Colin King.
Out of this World: All the Cool Bits about Space by Clive Gifford, The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins and illustrated by Dave McKean and Plagues, Pox and Pestilence by Richard Platt and illustrated by John Kelly made up the rest of the nominated titles.