We hear a lot about the new global economy. How does it work? How are we able to transport so many products around the world? How have innovations in the development of cargo ships fueled the global economy? Find the answers to these questions and more when you take a look at cargo ships from a new perspective.
The new Boeing Superliner looks much different than the plane the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk. Have you ever wondered how new planes are developed? This "Innovation in Transportation" book, Airplanes, takes a look at the people and creative ideas that have changed the way we think about flying.
Complete a variety of fun science experiments dealing with cars.
This book discusses the science behind plane crashes. The chapters examine the worst plane crashes in history, explain how aircraft fail, and show how scientists and engineers are designing safer aircraft. Diagrams, charts, and photos provide opportunities to evaluate and understand the scientific concepts involved.
This title discusses how tunnels are built, from planning and excavation to construction to site design.
This title discusses how airports are built, from runway design and construction to terminal and security.
This title discusses how roads are built, from road design and construction to painting and lighting.
This title discusses how bridges are built, including engineering, design and construction.
Fire trucks help to save lives and prevent the spread of dangerous fires every day. Readers will learn where a fire truck gets its water supply, what kind of equipment it contains, and the ways firefighters use these tools to help keep people safe.
Tractors are an essential tool for farmers everywhere. Readers will learn how farmers use tractors to plant and harvest the crops we use every day. They will also find out how people use tractors to maintain their yards and do chores.
Ambulances can help save lives when people are sick or injured. Readers will learn about the different kinds of lifesaving equipment found on an ambulance. They will also learn about the paramedics and EMTs that staff these important vehicles.
From bridges and streets to houses and skyscrapers, cement is an important material used in many of the structures we use every day. Readers will find out how cement mixers are used to blend, transport, and spread cement wherever it is needed.
Almost anything we build requires some sort of digging. Buildings, tunnels, and swimming pools all start with holes in the ground. Readers will find out how different kinds of diggers are used to create these holes. They will also learn about how diggers are used to help scientists learn more about the Earth.
Tall cranes tower above construction sites and line the edges of shipping ports. Readers will find out how different types of cranes are used to help build skyscrapers, load cargo ships, and much more.
Did you know that helicopters can fly forward, backward, and side-to-side? Or that the wingspan of a jumbo jet is almost twice as long as the distance of the Wright Brothers' first flight? Since recorded time, man has looked to the sky and dreamed of ways to fly there. A is for Airplane: An Aviation Alphabet celebrates the roots, inventions, and spirit of the science of flight. Young readers will learn about famous events such as the Spirit of St. Louis's nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the launch of Columbia STS-1 (the first space shuttle), as well as meet courageous aviators who broke barriers in the air and on Earth like the Tuskegee Airmen and Amelia Earhart. Aircraft of all kinds, including giant airships, wind-dependent gliders, and awe-inspiring F-16s, are depicted in spectacular artwork. The glory of flight is brought to stunning life.
Originally built in 1921 to race in the ocean, a sailboat named Bernida captures the attention and heart of a Michigan sailor. He buys the boat and brings her to the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit. In 1925 the sailor enters Bernida in the very first Port Huron to Mackinac Island Race.
Could Henry Ford have taken his idea for an automobile assembly line from the elves at the North Pole? Maybe so. Set just before Christmas in 1908, this charming tale finds Henry Ford puzzling over a way to make his Model T affordable for the average family. His little son Edsel suggests that Daddy write to Santa for advice. Since Santa makes toys for millions of children, Edsel points out, he must know a better way. Henry writes the letter just to please his son, but Santa actually answers by taking Henry to visit his North Pole workshop. When he sees the elves working in a line, each completing just one specific task on every toy that's made, Henry Ford envisions an automobile assembly line. The story not only illustrates that children can teach adults how to dream, but it also provides an author's note with factual information about Henry Ford and the Model T.
The potential dangers of riding in automobiles are presented, and readers are taught about seatbelt safety and how to avoid distracting a driver.
Learn all about how these speedy airplanes were created, how they work, and how they help us travel.
Blimps were once a popular form of transportation. Find out how they work and why they are not so common anymore.
Discover what makes bomber planes different from regular airplanes and learn how they have been used throughout history.
Learn how a spinning set of blades makes a helicopter fly and find out how pilots steer these interesting vehicles.
Since airplanes were first invented, they have often been used for military purposes. Learn about different kinds of fighter planes and find out how they are different from regular planes.
Find out how lighthouses work and how they have changed throughout history.
In 1932, Akron, Ohio was no better off than other parts of the country. Since Black Tuesday in '29, companies are closed, men all over the state are out of work, and families are running out of hope. Thirteen-year-old Rudy wants to help but doesn't know where to turn. His father, sullen and withdrawn, spends his time sulking on their front porch. His mother is desperate, not knowing how she will feed and care for her family. When Rudy learns of other boys leaving town and heading west to seek their fortunes, he hops a train figuring at least there will be one less mouth to feed at home. As Rudy lives the hobo life while he "rides the rails" to California, young readers are given a snapshot view and testament of Depression-era America.