Young science whiz and author shows his stuff

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM

PHOENIX -- 'Tis the season for science fairs! On Friday's Good Morning Arizona, we met a 13 year old science expert who showed off some of his best try-it-at-home stuff.

Alec the Science Kid has come up with lots of fun, easy science experiments that can be done at home. But he's not just a scientist; he's an author! He just wrote his third book called "Why Are Some People Jerks? Answers to 50 of the Coolest Questions About Humans."

Alec told Javier Soto that the book gives plenty of insight into humans. "There are answers to 50 awesome questions like, Why is poop brown? Why are girls afraid of bugs?" he says.

As for the science stuff, he showed us an easy trick to do at home: how to make a giant smoke ring with a garbage can. "There's a whole bunch of air that's inside these trash cans," he demonstrates. "And when you hit the plastic part, all of it comes out an invisible vortex, so when you put smoke in it, you can actually see the whole process."

Alec's other two books are called "What Does Outer Space Smell Like?" and "Do Birds Fart?". They are all available on amazon.com and also on Alec's website, flydoodlescience.com.

Alec created Flydoodle Science in 2009, when he was just 9 years old. After his own frustrating experiences of asking his mother questions about the world and getting answers back from her such as "I don't know" or "no one knows the answer to that" he decided to take matters into his own hands and get the answers himself. He knows there are millions of other kids and parents out there who deal with the same frustration. He wants Flydoodle Science to be a place where anyone can ask him their science question and he'll answer it for them in a video.

50% of all proceeds from the sale of "Why Are Some People Jerks?" between now and June 26, 2013, will be going to The Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (www.cncfhope.org) in honor of 4 year old Stephen Clark who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma on January 26, 2013. His mother, Robyn, chose this organization and hopes that it will help other kids fight this rare cancer.

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