These tough vehicles can transport materials for work or play. A digger can load a pickup truck with dirt, or a pickup truck can tow a boat on its hitch. Kids will find out how these machines are useful in our everyday lives. Blastoff! Series
Skid steer loaders are small construction machines that can do many different jobs. They are very useful for working in small places. Follow a skid steer loader as it drills a hole, lifts up a tree, or moves dirt. Blastoff! Series
Did you know a bulldozers blade can be as heavy as an elephant? A bulldozer breaks apart rocks or dirt and uses its blade to clear things out of the way. Students will learn about the different parts of a bulldozer and the various places a bulldozer works. Blastoff! Series
Clear the road for the speeding ambulance! These vehicles need to get to an emergency as fast as possible. Learn about the equipment an ambulance carries and how ambulance workers save lives. Blastoff! Series
When you lose electricity during a storm, a bucket truck may come to the rescue. Bucket trucks help people reach things high up like power lines, trees, or traffic lights. Discover a bucket trucks different uses and how this machine works. Blastoff! Series
Airplanes come in all shapes and sizes, from small to jumbo. Some airplanes can fly as fast as 2,000 miles per hour. Take a first look at the parts of an airplane, and hold on tight for take off! Blastoff! Series
Have you ever wanted to leave your handprint in a patch of wet concrete? You may have wondered how concrete is formed and how it is set down to harden. This introduction offers a glimpse into this process and the giant machine behind it. Blastoff! Series
Have you ever seen a big truck on the highway? That is called a big rig. It transports many of the things we use in our everyday lives. Read about the different types of big rigs and how they transport cargo. Blastoff! Series
Backhoes are powerful machines that help build houses or other structures. The strongest part of a backhoe is its digging bucket, which scoops up dirt and rocks. Young readers will find out how this machine operates and works in this easy introduction. Blastoff! Series
Watch out for that big wave! Oceans cover a large part of Earth and support a wide variety of plants and animals. Young readers will learn about the tides, waves, and currents of the ocean as well as what lives beneath the surface. Blastoff! Series
Volcanoes are many different shapes and sizes. They can be dormant or active. Students will learn about the different kinds of volcanoes and discover what makes a volcano erupt. Blastoff! Series
Rivers flow through plains and forests and provide water to plants, animals, and people. Children will learn how rivers begin and end, the parts of a river, and what animals call a river home. Blastoff! Series
Deserts are vast areas of the Earth with very little moisture. There can be both hot deserts and cold deserts. Students will learn the difference between hot and cold deserts, and how desert plants and animals survive the harsh conditions. Blastoff! Series
Take a climb high into the mountains! This basic introduction to mountains explains the different kinds of mountains, how mountains form, and how people use mountains for recreational activities. Blastoff! Series
Earth has hundreds of thousands of lakes with a wide range of sizes. Young readers will learn about how lakes form, the different kinds of lakes, and what animals call lakes home. Blastoff! Series
Hurricane winds spin around a central point called an eye. A hurricane's eye usually has calm weather and clear skies. Eager readers will discover how hurricanes form, move, and damage tropical areas. Blastoff! Series
Underwater earthquakes, volcanoes, and mudslides can cause tsunami waves that reach land and wreak havoc. Children will learn how tsunamis develop, how they are detected, and their devastating impact on communities. Blastoff! Series
Part airplane and part helicopter, the V-22 Osprey hovers in the air as U.S. Marines jump behind enemy lines. Kids will learn about the V-22 Osprey's vertical take-off and landing, defensive weapons, and the dangerous missions this unique machine performs.
Not a sports bike and not a touring motorcycle, standard motorcycles fit the needs of riders who just want to get around town. Students will learn about these cheap, reliable, and easily customizable 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wetlands are complex features of Earth that contain a wide variety of life. Readers will learn about the different kinds of wetlands, the animals that live in wetlands, and how wetlands help people. Blastoff! Series