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      Gutsy Girls Go for Science: Astronauts with STEM Activities for Kids

      by Klepeis, Alicia

      Apr 2020

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      Do you dream of going into space? Do you wonder what it’s like on the moon?

      In Gutsy Girls Go for Science: Astronauts with STEM Projects for Kids, readers ages 8 through 11 explore the lives of some of the world’s most amazing female astronauts. Bonnie Dunbar, Sally Ride, Mae Jemison, Sunita Williams, and Serena Auñón-Chancellor are all pioneers in the field of space exploration. These women trained for years to develop the skills necessary to become astronauts, taking risks and pushing the limits of what we know about life in space.

      Using a fun narrative style, engaging illustrations combined with photography, fascinating facts, essential questions, and hands-on projects, this book invites kids to make real-world connections and deepen their critical and creative thinking skills.

      Nervous System

      by Simon Rose

      Mar 2020

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      Nervous System guides readers through the fascinating inner workings of the human body. The human body contains several complex systems that work closely together to support life and allow the body to function properly. Nervous System explores the characteristics and interactions of this system, its makeup, and its importance.

      Space Exploration―A History in 100 Objects

      by Sten Odenwald

      Jan 2020

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      This is no ordinary space book.

      Within the pages of this eclectic pop-history, scientist and educator Sten Odenwald at NASA examines 100 objects that forever altered what we know and how we think about the cosmos. From Sputnik to Skylab and Galileo’s telescope to the Curiosity rover, some objects are iconic and some obscure—but all are utterly important.
      • The Nebra sky disk (1600 BCE) features the first realistic depiction of the Sun, Moon, and stars.
      • The Lunar Laser Ranging RetroReflector finallyshowed us how far we are from the Moon in 1969.
      • In 1986, it was the humble, rubber O-ring that doomed the space shuttle Challenger.
      • The Event Horizon Telescope gave us our first glimpse of a black hole in 2019.

      These 100 objects, as Odenwald puts it, showcase the workhorse tools and game-changing technologies that have altered the course of space history…the tools and devices that, taken together, represent the major scientific discoveries—and celebrate the human ingenuity—of space technology, showing the ways physics and engineering have brought about our greatest leaps in understanding the way our universe works… They make it clear that we have made giant strides in our quest to search ever more deeply into the farthest reaches of the universe—and behind each new discovery is an object that expands our appreciation of space as well as the boundless imagination and resourcefulness we carry within us.

      Growing Up Gorilla: How a Zoo Baby Brought Her Family Together

      by Clare Hodgson Meeker

      Dec 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      This heartwarming true story chronicles what happened after a mother gorilla failed to bond with her newborn baby at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. The dedicated staff worked tirelessly to care for the baby and find innovative ways for mother and baby to build a relationship. The efforts were ultimately successful, and baby Yola became part of a family group.


      by Alexis Burling

      Nov 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      Netflix explores how founders Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph turned a small DVD rental service into a global media empire, leading the way in the streaming revolution and pioneering new ways to study TV audiences. Features include a glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

      Edwin Hubble

      by Alix Wood

      Oct 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      A lot of people have heard of the Hubble Space Telescope, but many don't know much about the person it's named for. Readers of this illuminating volume will learn all about the man who, in the 1920s, used the largest telescope of the time to discover and learn about other galaxies. This informative biography teaches readers about both history and science. A science project based on Hubble's work invites readers to try their hand at becoming scientists themselves.

      Asteroids, Meteors, Meteorites, and Comets: The Universe and Our Place in It

      by Nicholas Faulkner

      Sep 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      This fascinating text is a perfect companion for any student interested in a more authoritative source on the subject of asteroids, meteors, meteorites, and comets. Readers will learn, following the Next Generation Science Standards in the area of the Earth and the solar system, the scientific differences between these four celestial objects. They'll also study their features, compositions, characteristics, classifications, and history of their observation. This book is perfect for the student doing a report on the subject or one who is curious about the space sciences and would like detailed information instead of a general overview.

      Forensic Investigations of the Ancient Chinese

      by Heather C. Hudak

      Aug 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      What can modern forensic tools teach us about existing and newly uncovered artifacts from ancient Chinese dynasties? How can we learn about human migration from the discovery of preserved bodies? Can today’s technology uncover new clues about the Great Wall of China? Dive into this intriguing title, which examines how forensic science has allowed scientists, archaeologists, and historians to solve mysteries and answer questions about ancient China.

      Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth with Environmental Activities for Kids

      by Laura Perdew

      Jul 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      From the tallest tree to the smallest microbe, Earth is home to more than 1.5 million known species of plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and microorganisms. And scientists estimate there could be millions, if not billions, more that have not yet been identified.

      Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth with Science Activities for Kids introduces middle schoolers to the evolution of life on Earth, beginning with the first single-celled organisms that emerged 3.8 billion years ago to the complex, multi-celled organisms that exist today and make up the tree of life. Biodiversity is found everywhere on the planet—on land, in the water, and even in extreme environments such as ice and volcanoes. Biodiversity can also be discovered by looking through a microscope at tiny worlds of organisms that can’t be seen with the human eye. There are whole microbiomes beneath our feet, in puddles, and even in our belly buttons!

      All of this biodiversity on Earth helps keep the planet in balance. Biodiversity is also important to humans because it provides food, shelter, clothing, medicines, and more. However, the rates of biodiversity loss are increasing because of human activities. Climate change, pollution, habitat destruction, over-exploitation—these are all critical threats to biodiversity. There are, however, ways to slow or stop this loss through conservation and sustainable development.

      Biodiversity includes hands-on STEM activities and critical thinking exercises to encourage readers to consider the threat to biodiversity and figure out ways to be part of the solution. Fun facts, links to online primary sources and other supplemental material, and essential questions take readers on an exploration of the incredible biodiversity on Earth.

      Biodiversity is part of a set of four Build It Environmental Science books that explore the history and science of the planet and all that live on it through hands-on STEM activities and real-life environmental connections. Other titles in this series are Planet Earth, Garbage, and Biomes.

      Chasing Extreme Weather

      by Honders, Christine

      Apr 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      Weather can take a turn for the worse with little to no warning. Following severe or extreme weather patterns has proven to be a great, albeit dangerous, way to study weather conditions. Some people even choose to chase extreme weather out of curiosity alone. This book provides information about different types of storm chasers, the technology they use, and the reasons they choose to put their lives in the path of danger. Primary sources and full-color photographs aid readers in understanding just how extreme weather can be.

      Forest Talk: How Trees Communicate

      by Melissa Koch

      Mar 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      Trees are essential. They provide water, shelter, and food for millions of plant and animal species, including humans. They deliver proven health benefits, and they capture and store carbon, which combats climate change. Yet trees are in trouble. Forests are struggling to adapt to climate change, and deforestation is a major threat.
      Recently, researches and citizen scientists made the surprising revelation that trees communicate with each other through an underground system of soil fungi and other methods. Complex social networks help trees survive and thrive by transferring resources to each other, sending defense signals, communicating with their kin, and more. Meet the tree scientists and learn more of their fascinating discoveries.


      by Ellenport, Craig

      Feb 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      Though short and sweet, 140-character Twitter posts, or tweets, have become standard parts of world communication, from the Oval Office on down. Inside, read how this amazing company began and how it grew rapidly while creating an all-new way for people, including celebrities, athletes, politicians, and more, to speak to the world. Social media companies have changed the way that people in every generation communicate. This series focuses on the technology that is changing the way we connect, relate, and stay informed.
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