Scooters have become a very popular way to get around town over the last fifty years. Students will learn where scooters came from and what kinds of scooters are around today.
Off-road motorcycles have features that make them safe to ride off the pavement. Students will learn about the variety of off-road motorcycles, the parts that allow them to tackle the tough terrain, and the sporting competitions that use off-road motorcycles.
Pocket bikes are a specialized form of mini bike built for racing. Readers will learn how riders control these small motorcycles and the challenges they find in competition.
Head out on the highway! Touring motorcycles are made for long, cross-country trips. Readers will discover the technology and unique design that make touring motorcycles ideal for long-distance travel.
Trials bike riding is more about agility and balance than it is speed. This requires a certain type of motorcycle. Young readers will learn how trials bikes are built to suit the needs of their riders.
Soar 90,000 feet above Earth's surface in the majestic U-2 spy plane, which has been a key tool in gathering intelligence over the last 50 years. Students will learn about the history of the U-2 plane, the technology it uses, and what kind of missions this spy plane is sent out to perform.
Top Fuel drivers and their cars race one-on-one in a straight line. Drag racing is one of the most popular forms of auto racing, and Top Fuel dragsters are the fastest dragsters around. Young readers will explore the technology that enables a Top Fuel dragster to travel faster than 330 miles per hour!
High-performance engines make these boats capable of incredible speeds. Young readers will learn how powerboats are designed to reduce wind resistance in their goal of reaching the fastest speed possible.
The M2A2 is an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) used by the United States Armed Forces. It transports, assists, and protects infantry. Students will learn about the history and technology behind this vehicle that is often on the front lines of battle.
The M109A6 Paladin is a large, mobile howitzer. It can fire rounds several miles to support ground forces. Readers will learn about the features that make the Paladin successful, how it performs on the battlefield, and common Paladin missions.
The MH-53J Pave Low's main mission is to pick up and deploy troops behind enemy lines. It flies low to the ground and uses advanced technology to sneak in undetected. Young learners will find out about these technologies, read about the Pave Low in action, and learn about the crew that makes dangerous Pave Low missions successful.
Humvees are versatile vehicles that are able to traverse almost any terrain. They are used to accomplish a variety of missions. Young readers will learn about the development and uses of the Humvee that make it a vital resource for the United States Armed Forces.
The F-117A Nighthawk had technology so advanced for its time that it was kept secret during its first five years of service. Young learners will be fascinated with the history, weapons, and technology behind this incredible aircraft.
The United States Navy uses the Super Hornet to carry out bombing missions and to protect the fleet. Young learners will read about the Super Hornet in action, the history of the Super Hornet, and the weapons and features that make the Super Hornet an effective fighter plane.
The F-16 Fighting Falcon has been one of the most successful attack fighters in the history of the United States Air Force. Young learners will read about the extraordinary performance and the assortment of weaponry of this classic fighter plane.
F-35 Lightning IIs are U.S. Air Force strike fighters that battle enemy aircraft to control the skies. Readers will track F-35s on active missions and study the high-tech weaponry and electronics these fighters use.
The United States was once abundant with prairies. Some have been converted to farmland, but other prairies still thrive. Students will learn how a prairie changes through the seasons, what animals live on prairies, and how people are working to restore prairie land. Blastoff! Series
Enduro motorcycles are used in races where the rider needs to keep a steady pace through many checkpoints, often over very rough terrain. Students will find out how the construction and technology of an enduro motorcycle helps it complete these races.
A female butterfly lays eggs on a leaf to begin the butterfly life cycle. The eggs hatch into caterpillars, and caterpillars form chrysalises to change into butterflies. Students will follow a butterfly as it grows from an egg into an adult. Blastoff! Series
A bunny's teeth never stop growing throughout its life. Kids will follow bunnies as they leave the nest and go on to watch them grow, eat, and hop. Blastoff! Series
The fastest salt flat racers can reach speeds over 750 miles per hour! Students will learn about the salt flats, the history of salt flat racing, and the technology behind some of the fastest land vehicles on Earth.
Soar through clouds while flying ultralight airplanes. See up close photos of these exciting planes.
Initially developed to provide close air support for ground vehicles and troops, the A-10 has become an extremely valuable tool for the United States Air Force. Students will discover its history, technology, and role in the Air Force today.
Most kids dream of riding a full-sized motorcycle. Mini bikes make it possible for kids to enjoy a safe, motorized experience. Young learners will explore the different types of mini bikes and how they are raced in competitions.
Harley-Davidson might be the most popular brand of motorcycle in the world. Readers will learn about the history of Harley-Davidson, the features of Harley-Davidson bikes, and the riding experience these famous bikes can provide.