With more than 100 million players around the world, Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time. Its unique design encourages players to use their creativity and problem solving skills to build entire worlds from scratch. In this book, readers will learn how they can use virtual reality technology to explore Minecraft in a whole new way. Includes table of contents, glossary, and index--as well as sources for further reading.
From simple board games to the latest in video game technology makers are hard at work designing fun new ways to play. Readers will discover new processes, integrate visual information with text, and and learn technical word meanings as they find out how games are designed and what makes a good game. They will also learn how to plan and create games of their own.
Some commodities command massive economic, social, and political influence. This title examines the business around corn, the most ubiquitous crop in the United States. It explores corn’s many uses, complex supply chain, and attendant environmental debates. Features include essential facts, a glossary, selected bibliography, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
Practice solving equations and inequalities while learning about land animals from all over the world! Readers will learn interesting facts about earth's land animals, discovering how zoologists use variables to solve equations and inequalities and answer questions about these animals. Fun examples allow children to become familiar with functional equations, equivalent equations, inequalities, and algebraic expression. Featuring eye-catching images, exciting practice problems, easy-to-read text, STEM themes, clear mathematical charts and diagrams, and an accessible glossary and index, this title will engage students and simplify advanced mathematical concepts!
Presents readers with the 12 most devastating fires of all time. Each chapter provides historical facts, how each fire started, and why they were the worst. Features full-color photos, compelling text with interesting facts, and a 'Staying Safe' section that covers safety procedures in the event of a fire.
Presents readers with the 12 most devastating floods of all time. Each chapter provides historical facts, the cause of each flood, and why they were the worst. Features full-color photos, compelling text with interesting facts, and a 'Staying Safe' section that covers safety procedures in the event of a flood.
Presents readers with the 12 most devastating hurricanes of all time. Each chapter provides historical facts, how each hurricane started, and why they were the worst. Features full-color photos, compelling text with interesting facts, and a 'Staying Safe' section that covers safety procedures in the event of a hurricane.
Presents readers with the 12 most devastating human-made disasters of all time. Each chapter provides historical facts, how each human-made disaster started, and why they were the worst. Features full-color photos, compelling text with interesting facts, and a section on avoiding future human-made disasters.
Presents readers with the 12 worst shipwrecks of all time. Each chapter provides historical facts, what caused each shipwreck, and why they were the worst. Features full-color photos, compelling text with interesting facts, and a 'Staying Safe' section that covers water safety.
Presents readers with the 12 worst tornadoes of all time. Each chapter provides historical facts, the strenth of each tornado, and why they were the worst. Features full-color photos, compelling text with interesting facts, and a 'Staying Safe' section that covers safety procedures in the event of a tornado.
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.
The 20th century approaches, and life is about to change forever! Inventors across the world race to invent and innovate automobile designs. Which ones will end up on top? Anyone who has ever ridden in a car will appreciate this fascinating title about how the automobile got its start. Fun facts, a timeline, and inventor and automobile profiles show the importance of this amazing invention!
Smartphones put a camera in just about everyone’s pocket, but it hasn’t always been so easy to take a snapshot. The 18th century brought a new innovation that allowed people to easily preserve a moment in time. That innovation carries on today! Through informative text, fun facts, and special features, this fascinating title explores how the camera was invented and how it continues to develop!
Many consider Thomas Edison the inventor of the light bulb, but this world-changing invention has a long history. Since the 19th century, many have worked to create and improve the light bulb. Starting from the light bulb’s early development all the way up to its modern uses, this informative title will fascinate anyone who wants to know about the invention that lights up the world!
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.
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.
Going wild. We don't see it as a good thing. And why would we? For most of our time on earth, humanity has been running from lions and other wilderness dangers. We've worked hard to make our local landscapes as safe and convenient as possible. Sometimes that's meant paving over areas that might burst into weeds. Other times, we've dammed rivers for electricity or irrigation. But now pollution, climate change and disruptions to the water cycle are affecting the world in ways we never anticipated. What if the new key to making our lives safer (and even healthier) is to allow the wilderness back into our cities?
Take to the skies with How to Build Aircraft. Featuring simple step-by-step instructions, handy templates, vibrant photographs, and easily accessible materials, this title shows readers how to build their very own aircraft that can really fly! Projects include a hot-air balloon, roto-copter, a variety of gliders, and many more.
John Muir spoke, wrote, and lived the wilderness, including taking President Theodore Roosevelt on an overnight trip to the Yosemite Valley. This trip led to Roosevelts signing into law a bill that placed Yosemite under federal control as a national park. Because of this and his founding of the Sierra Club, John Muir is credited as one of the key shapers of the modern environmental movement.
In 1974, an inventor named Victor Wouk became a man who could be described as ahead of his time. He had developed a prototype for the hybrid, a car that would become the most credible and commercially successful alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles.
Crystal meth is more addictive than heroin or cocaine and is widely available on the streets of North America. This helpful book looks at the use and abuse of meth, an inexpensive and accessible drug that takes an unbelievable toll on the bodies and brains of users. Special chapters on seeking help, and treatment and recovery provide accurate and useful information on meth addiction and treatment.
Did you know about one third of high school students take steroids to improve their looks, not just their athletic skills? Steroid use is becoming a major issue among 12- to 18-year-olds today. This helpful and informative book looks at the pressures young people are under to look cut and perform well in sports. Special chapters examine the effects of anabolic steroids on the developing bodies and minds of young people and how difficult it can be to quit when you've got the edge.
Proper manners are as important online as they are offline. Combining text, images, drawings with hands on activities, this book helps students learn proper online etiquette and safety.
As our world's population grows, so to does our need for energy. Scientists seek the next breakthrough in new technology while constantly finding ways to make current solutions cheaper and more efficient. In this title, discover what methane energy is, its history, how we use it today, and how new technologies can contribute to our energy future. Learn how methane digesters work and how they can help people in the developing world, discover ways biogas might replace natural gas, and explore the potential future uses of methane hydrates. Sidebars, full-color photos, full-spread diagrams, well-placed graphs, charts, and maps, stories highlighting innovations in action, and a glossary enhance this engaging title. Innovative Technologies is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
From designing robots to developing new forms of energy, 21st-century careers in engineering are not limited only to construction sites. This title explores the exciting and world-changing possibilities that an education in engineering can lead to.