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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.
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.
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).