The first flash mob Ian puts together himself is a sixty-plus person, four-minute pillow fight in a department store. His friend Oswald is thrilled with the event, but Julia, the one Ian really wants to impress, is still convinced that flash mobs are stupid. While Ian tries to prove Julia wrong by initiating flash mobs with political impact, Julia is busy waging war with the strict new principal at school. When Julia goes too far and gets herself suspended, Ian sees an opportunity for a relevant and persuasive flash mob.
Fifteen-year-old Tim loves his job at his dad's pet store, partly because he gets to spend time with his best friend, a black cockatoo named Elmo. But things at work have been tense since the store moved to a larger, more expensive location. To make extra money his father rents out the store's exotic birds for parties and Tim is furious at this exploitation of his friend. When Elmo is stolen from one of the parties, the police are unconcerned about the theft. Tim and his new human friend, Sapna, set out to find Elmo and discover that Elmo is more valuable than they'd ever imagined.
When Trevor, Nick and Robyn visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Robyn is inspired to raise funds for a dinosaur dig that will close soon if it doesn't find funding. The kids are caught up in another mystery when a chain of suspicious events, including the disappearance of important fossils and a fraudulent discovery at the dig, leads them to wonder what's going on. Is the new visiting scientist behind the fraud, or did Robyn's enthusiasm to save the dig lead her astray?
Once again Callie is forced to take part in her mom's latest crusade. They head into ranch country to camp -- bloodthirsty mosquitoes, stinky outhouses and all -- at a protest to save a rural school. Callie's grandmother shows up with her biker buddies and the singing grannies. Callie hates camping and wants nothing to do with the protest. To make matters worse, Callie's only possible ally, her cousin Del, is mad at her. The last time Callie visited, she was thrown from Del's horse, Radish. Callie claimed the horse was vicious and now Del's parents are forcing her to sell Radish. Callie wants to help her cousin, but she's terrified of the horse. Del is just as tenacious as the rest of Callie's family, and Callie is forced to admit that she's not going to be allowed to go home until both the horse and the school are saved.
Angus and his best buddy, Shahid, share a love of science and their robot, Gordon. But recently, the artistic Ella Eckles has had a peculiar effect on Angus. When a stink bomb at the school provides a chance for him to talk to her, he claims to share her interest in reading facial expressions and declares his ambition to become a crime-solving mentalist. He impresses Ella by identifying the stink bomber, but fails to mention he witnessed a scrawny kid setting off the bomb. When Ella's treasured sketchbook is stolen, she asks Angus to find the thief. Shahid thinks Angus should confess that he's not a mentalist, but Angus is certain he can learn to read people and recover Ella's sketchbook. He asks Shahid to help him investigate the suspects: Gaga Girl; the art teacher, Mr. Wilder; and finally, "scrawny kid." Equipped with rearview sunglasses and an informant who lurks in the washroom, the duo bungles their way through a series of encounters that alarm Shahid and provide Angus with some unfamiliar exercise.
The problem-solving skills learned through STEM can take you to the next level in just about any career field. Learn all about the engineers who work with NASCAR, the design behind the GPS system in the cars we drive every day, and the engineers who start with a blueprint and turn it into a design! Improving the sound, safety measures, and ways in which cars can be better for our environment with the introduction of hybrid cars, which use less fuel and decrease the amount of pollutants into the atmosphere. Buckle up and learn all about STEM in cars. This book will allow students to analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
What great STEM job may be waiting for you? How about a job in food and nutrition? Have you ever looked at your dinner and thought about all the people who helped get it to your table? Learn all about food chemists, dieticians, and the farmers who grow the food we eat. How and what animals eat to ensure our meat is healthy, how fertilizers play a part in the safety of our fruits and vegetables, and how what you eat plays an important role in your health. So, count your calories and read along to find out all about this exciting STEM career! This book will allow students to understand how systems may interact with other systems; they may have sub-systems and be a part of larger complex systems.
STEM jobs in music range from developing new effects to recording performances. Sound engineers, technicians, and acoustic engineers are just a few of the ways you can contribute to the music industry without ever picking up an instrument! Learn about how music therapists use music to study its effects on the human brain and how audio engineers use technology to fine tune the music you listen to every day. So, next time you listen to your favorite song, you will have a better understanding of how many people were involved in the process! This book will allow students to understand how structures can be designed to serve particular functions by taking into account properties of different materials, and how materials can be shaped and used.
Would you like to be a fashion designer using cutting-edge technology to design an upcoming collection? How about a chemist who works in a lab developing the latest face cream or sunscreen? All industries need people with STEM skills to build and develop the next great thing. Learn how STEM can take fashion and beauty careers to the next level by developing eco-friendly materials, creams for special skin conditions, and fast-setting makeup lines. If you love fashion and beauty, this might be the career for you! This book will allow students to understand how small changes in one part of a system might cause large changes in another part.
Some of the most exciting careers are in STEM fields. A strong STEM education will allow you to research, test, and build new things. If you like movies, this book will teach you all about computer animation, industrial light and technical animators, motion capture engineers, and what education and degrees it takes to obtain these exciting careers. Learn all the tricks they use to make the special effects and simulations that make todays movies more exciting! This book will allow students to develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
STEM fields are increasingly important today and into the future. People who focus their education on STEM can choose from a wide range of exciting, in-demand careers. This book will introduce students to the importance of the problems our environment faces and the scientists, engineers, and other workers who have made careers trying to correct those problems. Each environmental STEM career is highlighted with the education needed to obtain these jobs and what each of these people do. Maybe one day you will make a difference for our environment by choosing one of these STEM careers! This book will allow students to use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
STEM jobs are careers for the future. When you work in an animal related field, the possibilities for STEM are endless. From the zookeeper who looks after the animals and maintains the daily operations of the zoo, to the veterinarian who gives shots and performs surgery on injured animals, to the engineer who designs better cages or habitats for animals, all these wonderful careers and more are explained in this book. It also details the different degrees it takes to obtain these jobs and what each of these people do. This book will allow students to realize that small changes in one part of a system might cause large changes in another part.
Expanding on our popular Lets Explore Science series, this book focuses on the scientific method. The scientific method is a step-by-step process for solving science problems. Scientists use it every day. Explaining each of the five parts: observing and asking questions, researching your topic, forming a hypothesis and testing it, designing and conducting an experiment, and analyzing and drawing conclusions from your result are all mapped out in detail. Learn how this straightforward topic can sometimes be a little trickier than it seems! This book will allow students to generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Expanding on our popular Lets Explore Science series, this book focuses on light and sound. Every day, waves bring light and sound. A wave is a disturbance that travels through matter or space. Students will learn about electromagnetic and mechanical waves, the properties of waves and sound, pitch, amplitude, and the electromagnetic spectrum, as well as how all these things affect the products we use and even us as humans! This book will allow students to apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
Expanding on our popular Lets Explore Science series, this book focuses on electricity! We depend on electricity to light our homes, power our computers, and so much more. It all starts with atoms, and this book explains just how these tiny building blocks are at the center of electrical currents. Conductors, insulators, and electrical safety tips are all discussed to make this topic come together. So, turn on the light and read this interesting book on electricity! This book will allow students to make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
Some of the most exciting careers are in STEM fields. A strong STEM education will allow you to research, test, and build new things. Learn about what role STEM plays in the sports industry. The sports engineers who design uniforms that keep players safe and protected from injury, also allowing them to move faster and improve their statistics, to improving the materials used to make the balls, bats, and other equipment used to play these sports. There are many different STEM careers in sports that are all highlighted, including what degrees it takes to obtain these jobs and what each of these people do. So, if you love sports, you may want to consider a career in one of these fields! This book will allow students to learn that cause and effect relationships are routinely identified, tested, and used to explain change.
Expanding on our popular Lets Explore Science series, this book focuses on Hypothesis, Theory, and Law. All three of these are important in the process of scientific inquiry, which is the way scientists study the natural world. As they explore, they develop explanations based on what they learn from their work. By forming a hypothesis, testing and evaluating theories, and describing the laws that exist in chemistry and physics, students will learn all about this important science topic. This book will allow students to learn that cause and effect relationships are routinely identified and used to explain change.
FEMA stands for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Learn all about how FEMA responds to earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, and hurricanes, and brings relief and help to the people in need. During a tragedy FEMA responds by helping people find lost family members, friends, and even pets! Offering loans to rebuild and counseling victims, this federal agency is a life-saving organization for people in need. This book will allow students to refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Can you imagine having to disable a bomb? Well, that is exactly what bomb disposal experts do every day around the world. Using robots equipped with cameras to see inside suspicious packages, to dogs with special training to sniff out explosive materials, its all in a days work for these brave, highly-trained individuals. Learn all about the ways bomb experts detect, disarm, and dispose of bombs. This book will allow students to analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Hazmat teams are responsible for cleaning up hazardous materials. Dressed in body-covering suits with hoods and visors, they protect us from liquids or gases that are harmful to people or the environment. Learn about the training, techniques, and equipment these brave men and women use, as well as when the first hazmat teams were formed and who the individuals that work on a hazmat team are. Different, real-life examples of actual hazmat clean-up missions are also discussed. This book will allow students to determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
Police have the duty to uphold and enforce the laws of the town, district, state, or even the country in which they work. Police serve alongside firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians, as first responders. They risk their lives every day in dangerous situations to protect the public from crime. Learn all about the training, ranks, politics, equipment, and skills needed to be a police officer, as well as the history of how the police force was established. This book will allow students to analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
A SWAT team is called in when criminal emergencies become too dangerous for regular police officers. Although most SWAT team members are police officers, they are trained in the use of powerful firearms and military tactics, and only used in very high-risk situations. The skills, equipment, training, and courage of these individuals are all discussed in this book, as well as how SWAT teams originated and have become one of our biggest defenses against terrorist attacks. This book will allow students to determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
What if you were stranded in an unknown area, buried in an avalanche, or lost at sea? Search and rescue teams find victims in these situations every day. They are experts at finding and helping people that are lost, have been in an accident, or natural or manmade disaster. Equipped with everything they need for the specific task, using animals, such as dogs and even pigeons, these brave men and women risk their lives to save others. Learn all about the tracking devices they use, the equipment they bring on their missions, and even how to become a rescuer yourself! This book will allow students to determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
EMTs, also known as Emergency Medical Technicians are first responders. When you call 9-1-1, the dispatcher sends an EMT to the location site of the accident. That is where their work begins. This book gives you an inside look at the intense training, commitment, and dedication of these highly-trained individuals who save lives every day. With the fast paced world we live in, the job of an EMT has become increasingly more demanding. Read all about these life-saving heroes and see if this might be a career you would like to pursue one day! This book will allow students to determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Firefighters are first responders. When someone calls for help, firefighters will often be the first ones to arrive. With more than 350,000 fires in the United States each year, firefighters must be ready at all times of the day and night to protect and save lives, homes, and land from the devastation a fire causes. The rigorous training, dangerous conditions, equipment, and commitment of these brave individuals are all detailed in this book. Next time you hear the roar of a siren, stop and think about these life-saving heroes who protect us every day! This book will allow students to cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.