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Cobb is the well-known author of more than eighty highly entertaining
nonfiction books for children. Ever since 1972, when HarperCollins
first published Science Experiments You Can Eat , Cobb's
lighthearted approach to hands-on science has become her trademark
for getting kids involved in experiences that create real learning.
Currently, she is becoming increasingly popular as a speaker to
children and adults as educators search out sources for materials
and activities that promote learning. Today's popular buzz words
in education -- "whole language," "hands-on-science,"
"experimental learning," "out-come based,"
"multi-disciplinary," and “critical thinking" --
are embodied in Vicki Cobb's work.
Cobb credits her outlook on education to her mother's forward-looking
thinking. From kindergarten to sixth grade she attended The Little
Red School House in Greenwich Village. Her early education was
a joyful experience of hands-on activities, field trips, reading
children's literature (not textbooks), creative projects, and
a kind of portfolio evaluation that today's educators realize
are the most powerful tools for producing individuals who have
a lifetime love of learning. According to Cobb, her books "allow
me to recreate the joy of learning I experienced in elementary
school for myself, forever."
Cobb graduated from Barnard College with a major in zoology and
went on to get a Master's degree in Secondary Science Education.
After early careers as a laboratory researcher and science teacher,
she became a full-time writer of science books for children. Light
Action! Amazing Experiments in Optics represents her life
as both author and parent. Her coauthor was her son Josh, and
her optical engineer and the illustrator was her son Theo, an
artist and art director.
Vicki's book, I
Face the Wind , was a 2004 ALA Robert F. Sibert Informational
Honor Book. Also, in 2004, Vicki began writing a weekly column for
teachers called Show Biz Science on the www.educationworld.com
It is free and teachers are encouraged to sign up for it.
her book, We Dare You!, written with Kathy Darlin, Vicki
made videos of her own grandchildren doing tricks form the book.
For a preview of the introduction, go to http://www.vickicobb.com/Videos/introtowedareyou.html
Vicki is the recipient of an AAAS/Subaru Science Books & Film
(SB&F) Prize, which honors authors whose books promoted science