Not even a century ago, a computer took up an entire room. Today, a computer can fit inside your pocket! Over decades of technological advancement, the personal computer has shaped the world in ways that are still being determined. This powerful invention has changed everything from the way people communicate to how we entertain ourselves. With a series of fun facts, profiles, and a timeline, this title will fascinate anyone who has ever booted up.
The Wright Brothers famously made the first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. But the history of human flight goes back much further! This title details the experimentation and innovation that went into the creation of the airplane. Special features highlight important airplanes as well as pioneers who had a lasting influence on the world of air travel. Buckle up and prepare for takeoff! This exciting title is sure to interest anyone with a love of planes.
Read all about it! The history of the printing press started centuries ago. Through the years, it has been used to share news, make books more affordable, and make information more accessible. And it still helps people communicate today! This title explores the history of the printing press, from its first use in the 1300s to uses tomorrow and beyond. Readers will use fun facts, profiles, and a timeline to learn all about how this life-changing invention got its start.
Exploring the universe greatly depends on space robots. They go where astronauts cannot go and survive where astronauts cannot survive. Food, water, sleep, and oxygen are not required for them to function, and radiation exposure is not a concern. Young readers curious about space will gravitate toward this high-interest title.
General Motors brought the first factory robot to life in 1961. The 4,000-pound assembly-line robot was named Unimate. It proved it could build cars twice as fast as humans could! In this children’s tech title, the behind-the-scenes robots that make factory work fly get much-deserved attention.
Soldiers regularly put themselves in harm’s way to promote peace and protect freedom. This means they have great appreciation for their robotic stand-ins— PackBots. The remote-controlled robots especially save the day when they find hidden bombs! This book puts kids on a reading mission to discover how robots serve the military.
The MQ-1 Predator drone served the U.S. military well for over two decades. The flying robot’s early missions were surveillance and reconnaissance. But in time, the drone became armed with Hellfire missiles for attack missions. This STEM-aligned title shows interested readers robots that don’t stay grounded.
Netflix has played a role in making binge-watching a thing. Seventy percent of its users watch television series episode after episode after episode in one sitting! This children’s book rewinds Netflix back to its beginning, when the focus was mailing DVDs, and then expands upon the company’s growth over a decade.
Did you know that General Mills had to invent a special puffing gun to make Kix, Cheerios, and other breakfast cereals? This title feeds young readers background information about the Minnesota-based company that created Betty Crocker and a hunger for grocery store goodies.
The F-14 Tomcat was the pride of the United States Navy for over thirty years. Students will discover the technology behind this jet fighter that made it such an effective weapon.
As the company who brought you Rugrats, SpongeBob SquarePants, iCarly, and other loved shows, Nickelodeon has earned its rank as one of the top-rated cable networks in history. Originally called Pinwheel, this entertainment business has come a long way from dumping green slime on show contestants to earning an Academy Award for Rango, a feature film. Young readers will channel their minds to discovering more about Nickelodeon in this fun title.
Sprint cars are small, speedy race cars that can be raced on paved or dirt tracks. They can move at over 140 miles per hour! Readers will explore the history of these compact, high-powered speed machines.
Motocross racing and moto-X freestyle both require these versatile cycles. Students will learn about the origin of motocross cycles, how they are modified for racing or freestyle, and how they are used in competitions.
Many kinds of vehicles can be made into monster vehicles. Monster trucks are the most popular, but there are also monster motorcycles, cars, and vans! Readers will explore the history of these giants and see the variety of monster vehicles being built today.
NASCAR has become one of the most popular sports in the country. The high speeds and tight racing draws thousands of fans to stadiums all across the United States. Students will learn about the vehicles that make incredible speed and excitement possible.
Working on cars has always been a great hobby. A combination of horsepower and sleek performance, tuner cars are a thrill to drive. Kids will learn how tuner car owners tweak the engine, body, and accessories of their vehicles to make for one cool ride.
Snowmobiles are powerful machines that can be used for recreation or work. Readers will explore the history of snowmobiles and the technology behind these fast, snow-crossing vehicles.
Karts arent just for kids anymore! Adult karts can reach speeds up to 140 miles per hour! Students will explore the history of karts, kart technology, and how the sport of kart racing is growing in popularity.
Funny cars get their name from their appearance. Their back wheels are much larger than the front wheels. Students will learn about the history and technology behind these fast, exciting race cars.
Street skateboarders use railings, benches, and curbs to do tricks. Eager readers will explore the development of street style skateboarding from the 1950s to today. They will also learn about the equipment needed to safely skateboard and the competitions in which pros compete.
Ever wondered what it takes to ride a wave? Young readers will find out in this introduction to surfing. They will read about the history of surfing, the equipment used to ride waves, and the ways surfers compete against each other.
Have you ever wondered how an Indy car can keep its grip on the track when traveling at 200 miles per hour? Readers will learn the history of Indy cars, Indy car technology, and how these race cars compete in long, grueling races.
Lowriders are more about appearance than speed or performance. They are more like works of art than cars. Kids will learn about the history of the lowrider craze and how it has changed over the years.
Bullet trains originated in Japan. They are the fastest trains on Earth. Young readers will learn about the history of bullet trains, the technology that makes their high speeds possible, and what bullet trains may be like in the future!
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.