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STEAM Every Day - Booklist November 2016 Review

STEAM Every Day - Booklist November 2016 Review

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The colorful books in the STEAM Every Day series point out how science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts influence the development and design of products today. Each book opens with a textbook-like list of "Before & After Reading Activities". Drawn from many sources, the illustrations, mainly photos and digital art, dominate the pages, leaving room for a paragraph or two of information printed in large type on each double-page spread, along with a fast-fact box and the occasional diagram. App Development introduces topics such as the workings of touch screens, the transfer of binary information, and the art of icon design....

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VROOM! Hot Cars - SLJ November 2016 Review

VROOM! Hot Cars - SLJ November 2016 Review

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Some of the hottest sports car available today are highlighted in this sleek series, which delivers strong content, impressive details, and eye-popping images to young car fanatics. Within each book, readers learn about the history of the vehicle, how it has developed over time, and what improvements are under consideration going forward. While the coverage “comes standard,” the extras, specifically the sheer amount of car-specific facts, will leave readers impressed. The authors don’t shy away from using proper terminology or from including data such as gas tank size and percentage of sold Ferraris that are red. The gorgeous photos steal...

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How It Works - School Library Journal November 2016 Review

How It Works - School Library Journal November 2016 Review

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A solid overview of the mechanics behind each machine. By including such high-interest topics as roller coasters, wave pools, and drones, this latest installment will undoubtedly inspire inquisitive minds to seek out other titles in the series. Advanced scientific concepts, including centrifugal force (Cotton Candy) and aerodynamics (Drones), are simply explained so that readers gain a basic understanding of the processes, engineering, and design without being overwhelmed by details. Interesting tidbits, such as how roller coaster designer Ron Toomer never rode any of his creations due to his severe motion sickness, are sprinkled throughout the text and offer specifics that...

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STEAM Every Day - SLJ November 2016 Review

STEAM Every Day - SLJ November 2016 Review

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An engaging series that investigates the ways in which STEAM is used in a variety of high-interest fields. Engineering is the focus of Inventions and Transportation, while TV Production and App Development concentrate on technology. Inventions and App Development walk readers through the construction processes involved, while the other titles skip around among subtopics. All titles feature “STEAM Fast Facts” sidebars full of trivia and anecdotes, like how Motorola’s Marty Cooper, the primary inventor of the cell phone, placed the first cell phone call ever to an engineer at a rival company. The coverage of emergency response drones is another...

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Insects As… - SLJ November 2016 Review

Insects As… - SLJ November 2016 Review

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Each book in this intriguing series explores the ways insects impact the planet. Generally clear descriptions of processes like decomposition and pollination include basic science information and then move to specific examples of the insects in action. Quick jumps from one topic to the next may challenge readers, and some subjects are introduced without sufficient background, but the parade of interesting facts and broader concepts will be new to many readers. Information about recent scientific research, including up-to-date data, adds further depth. For example, in Decomposers, the cockroach “force boost” research was published in 2015. Most pages feature a photo...

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