A cool idea with a big splash. You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for rockets, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy. A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson’s life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.
Both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford started off as insatiably curious tinkerers. That curiosity led them to become inventors—with very different results. As Edison invented hit after commercial hit, gaining fame and fortune, Henry struggled to make a single invention (an affordable car) work. Witnessing Thomas's glorious career from afar, a frustrated Henry wondered about the secret to his success. This little-known story is a fresh, kid-friendly way to show how Thomas Edison and Henry Ford grew up to be the most famous inventors in the world—and best friends, too.
Do you know what a Solanum caule inermi herbaceo, foliis pinnatis incises, racemis simplicibus is?* Carolus (Karl) Linnaeus started off as a curious child who loved exploring the garden. Despite his intelligence - and his mother's scoldings - he was a poor student, preferring to be outdoors with his beloved plants and bugs. As he grew up, Karl's love of nature led him to take on a seemingly impossible task: to give a scientific name to every living thing on earth. The result was the Linnaean system - the basis for the classification system used by biologists around the world today. Backyard sciences are brought to life in beautiful color. Back matter includes more information about Linnaeus and scientific classification, a classification chart, a time line, source notes, resources for young readers, and a bibliography. *It's a tomato!
On July 26, 2003, mountain-climber Rod Liberal was nearing the summit of Grand Teton Mountain in Wyoming. As Rod clung to the side of a granite cliff, he saw dark clouds rolling toward him. Suddenly, there was a burst of light as a bolt of lightning struck his chest and blew him off the mountain. Attached to the cliff by a rope, he swung in the air thousands of feet above the ground. Would Rod be able to hold on until rescue rangers arrived to save him? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger---and lived to tell their stories. Kids will discover the causes and characteristics of lightning strikes, and learn about scientific advances in weather forecasting and safety precautions. Safety tips show young readers what to do in case they're caught in a thunderstorm.
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first man to ever walk on the moon! Readers will be engaged from cover to cover as they learn about Armstrong's inspirational career as an astronaut in this biography that features additional information on gravity, NASA, and the moon landing. The vivid images work in conjunction with the supportive text, timeline, glossary, and index to allow for better understanding of the content.
Alexander Graham Bell was always trying to invent new things! In this biography, readers will learn about Alexander's life as a teacher and inventor of such incredible inventions as the telephone, record player, and metal detector. Colorful images, supportive text, an interesting timeline, and a helpful glossary, table of contents, and index combine to give readers an inspiring look into the life of Alexander Bell.
Young readers will be inspired by this biography about the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. The appealing images, helpful text, and supportive timeline, glossary, table of contents, and index combine to create an engaging experience as readers learn about one of the greatest female pilots of all time.
Explore shipwrecks to learn about underwater archaeology and mapping coordinates! This title encourages readers to familiarize themselves with coordinate planes by finding intersections between lines of latitude and longitude. Using geometry, STEM concepts, and an understanding of coordinate planes, readers can follow along as marine archaeologists find and explore shipwrecks! This exciting title uses vivid images, easy-to-read text, engaging practice problems, clear mathematical charts and diagrams, and a glossary to make mathematics feel simple and fun. Math can be so adventurous!
Learn how wildlife scientists use graphs, charts, and data analysis! It is important for wildlife scientists to assess probability and more when working with wild animals like polar bears and chimpanzees! This Spanish-translated title uses mathematical diagrams and charts to improve readers' data analysis and STEM skills. Learn about Jane Goodall's work in chimpanzee conservation! Accurate data analysis is essential to her work and the work of many other scientists! These exciting examples will engage readers, while practice problems and clear diagrams will make them more confident in their own data analysis skills.
This appealing biography will have children engaged and inspired as they learn about Gregor Mendel and his discovery of how genetics works. The supportive text, accessible glossary, and helpful index work in conjunction with the intriguing facts and alluring images to provide readers with an interesting look at such topics as DNA, genetics, alleles, dominant and recessive genes, Mendel's Law of Heredity, and more! A stimulating lab activity is featured to further excite readers about the fascinating world of genetics!
George Washington Carver was a skilled botanist who became famous for his work with peanuts and other plants. Readers will discover the captivating life of this incredible scientist in this engaging scientific biography. Using colorful photos and graphs, children will learn why Carver was known as "The Plant Doctor" as a child and how his work with peanuts, sweet potatoes, and pecans helped change the way people used plants! The helpful glossary and index aid in better understanding of the content, while a simple, interesting experiment leaves children engaged and excited to learn more!
Ecologists want to know how things fit together in the natural world. This enlightening book will give readers a chance to learn about some of the ecologists who have made big impacts on the world of science and ecology. The captivating facts, helpful sidebars, colorful images and charts, and easy-to-read text work together to create an engaging reading experience as children learn about such ecologists as John Woodward, Aldo Leopold, Ruth Patrick, Eugene Odum, Jane Lubchenco, Neo Martinez, and Marie Lynn Miranda. Featuring a simple, hands-on lab activity, this book will have readers captivated and eager to learn more!
Jane Goodall is the world's leading authority on chimpanzees. This inspiring biography will have readers engaged and delighted as they learn about Goodall's life as a primatologist amongst the chimps and how her incredible research changed the way scientists view these amazing animals. Through vibrant photos, captivating facts, and easy-to-read text, readers will discover such topics as ethology, extinction, field research, DNA, and genes, as well as the various types of apes--from orangutans to gorillas. A captivating hands-on lab activity is featured to encourage readers to explore other aspects of science!
Hippocrates is often referred to as The Father of Medicine. This captivating biography highlights the life and accomplishments of Hippocrates and how he had a major impact on the world of medicine. Along with learning about his belief in the four humors, his discovery of pneumonia, and the Hippocratic Oath, readers will also learn about some other inspirational scientists who made leaps in the medical field. Featuring colorful images and easy-to-read text working in conjunction with intriguing facts and a stimulating lab activity, this book will have children eager to learn more!
Many scientists have dedicated their lives to finding out how cells work. In this appealing book, readers will learn about scientists whose research on cells has made a big impact on the world of science. Robert Hooke, Joan Wright Goodman, Mathias Schleiden, Hans Krebs, Gerty and Carl Cori, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Stanley Cohen, and Elaine Fuchs are some of the inspiring scientists that are featured, as well as such topics as cell theory and DNA. The vibrant photos, fascinating facts, and engaging sidebars work in conjunction with the easy-to-read text, accessible glossary and index, and captivating hands-on lab activity to provide readers with an inviting reading experience that will leave them eager to learn more!
Explore the lives and work of incredible cell biologists in this captivating book! From Gregor Mendel to Rita Levi-Montalcini, Anton van Leeuwenhoek to August Weismann, readers will be amazed at the things these incredible scientists discovered! Single-celled organisms, mitosis, dominant and recessive genes, stem cells, and cloning are just some of the topics that readers will explore as they move through this book that features plenty of vivid, detailed images, stimulating facts, captivating sidebars, and easy-to-read text. An engaging lab activity is featured to further delight and captivate readers.
Pasteurization is used on many foods and drinks, including milk and yogurt! This engaging biography introduces readers to the scientist who first began pasteurization--Louis Pasteur. Featuring vibrant images, easy-to-read text, and intriguing facts, readers will discover the incredible accomplishments of Pasteur and how he dedicated his life to studying various molds, bacteria, and yeast to change science forever. Readers will be encouraged to discover even more through a simple and captivating experiment.
Thomas Edison is one of the most famous inventors of all time. This appealing biography will have readers enthralled as they discover some of Edison's most incredible inventions, including the light bulb and the phonograph. Along with his inventions, readers will also learn about his early life and career as a telegraph operator. The vivid images and interesting facts will keep readers engaged from beginning to end while the intriguing sidebars highlight other engineers and scientists who have made impacts on our lives. An exciting lab activity is featured to give readers a hands-on look at how electromagnetism works!
Discover some amazing scientists and engineers that paved the way for modern machines in this fascinating book! Featuring an array of vibrant images, stunning facts, and captivating mini-biographies, readers will learn about the accomplishments of people such as Thomas Edison, Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre, George Eastman, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as some of the incredible inventions and discoveries they made--the wave theory of light to the metal detector! An accessible glossary and index are provided to aid in further understanding of such topics as the Doppler effect, acoustics, wavelength, and dioramas. Children will be encouraged to further explore how light works with an exciting hands-on lab activity!
Antoine Lavoisier is often known as the "Founder of Modern Chemistry". In this captivating biography, readers will discover how Lavoisier's studying and work led to his discovery of the Conservation of Mass, naming 33 of the elements, being the first person to discover the existence of oxygen, and creating a way of naming compounds! The intriguing facts and stunning images work together with the easy-to-read text and engaging hands-on lab activity to keep readers interested and eager to learn!
Robert Fulton is best known for inventing the steamboat, but he accomplished much more than that! Readers will learn about all the incredible things that Fulton invented and accomplished in this fascinating biography. The colorful images, intriguing facts, and easy-to-read text will have readers delighted and engaged as they learn how Fulton invented and used steam engines, canals, inclined planes, and submarines. The engaging sidebars will introduce readers to scientists and engineers who have used some of the same ideas as Fulton in the modern world. An index and glossary will give children the tools they need to better understand the content and vocabulary, while an interesting hands-on lab activity will encourage them to explore physical science even further!
Max Planck is one of the most well-known physicists of all time! This interesting biography highlights his incredible life and what he did to make strides in the field of physics. Readers will learn about thermodynamics, entropy, and quantum theory through a variety of vivid images, fascinating facts, and easy-to-read text. Other important physicists are featured as well, including Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, and Sally Ride. To aid in further engagement and better understanding of the content, a glossary and index are provided, as well as a hands-on lab activity!
Readers will learn all about Marie Curie's incredible life and how she discovered and worked with radium for many years in this fascinating biography. This engaging book will allow children to learn about Curie's life as a physicist, her many accomplishments like winning the Nobel Prize, and how radiation helps people all over the world. The stunning photos and images work in conjunction with the easy-to-read text, accessible glossary and index, and hands-on lab activity to give readers an interesting and captivating reading experience.
Albert Einstein is probably the most well-known physicists who ever lived. Aside from being one of the greatest minds in scientific history, he was also a kind, caring man. Readers will learn about Einstein's life as a scientist and his many accomplishments--from explaining photoelectric effect to Brownian motion and his theories of relativity--in this appealing biography that features stunning photos, easy-to-read text, intriguing facts, an accommodating glossary and index, and an engaging hands-on lab activity. This book will have readers excited and eager to learn more about the world of science!
Learn about the incredible life of Isaac Newton in this fascinating biography. The colorful photos, supportive text, and engaging sidebars and facts will have readers captivated as they learn how Newton researched gravity, acceleration, deceleration, motion, and light spectrum. An accommodating glossary and index are provided to give readers the tools they will need while a stimulating hands-on lab activity is featured that will be sure to keep them enthralled and engaged!