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Cities: Discover How They Work

Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects

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What does the word “city” make you think of? Traffic? Museums? Skyscrapers? People? Cities are thriving, vibrant communities that operate on several different levels—literally! Underground, on the ground, and way above ground, city dwellers are busy making their patch of earth as efficient, comfortable, and user-friendly as possible.

In Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects, readers delve into all of the great things that make cities the wonderful places we love to both live in and visit. For instance, did you know that streetlights have been around for over 2,000 years? Benjamin Franklin was the first to light the dark streets of the United States. And how do cities handle all of the waste produced by the billions of residents? Wastewater treatment plants are where contaminants get removed before the cleaned water is flushed out to a lake, river, or ocean, or used for irrigation.

Cities are marvels of engineering and offer the perfect opportunity for students to flex those STEM muscles. Readers ages 9-12 are asked to figure out methods to provide water to the top floors of sky scrapers, keep cities safe during natural disasters such as earthquakes, and provide a steady supply of energy to inhabitants who live both near and far from power stations.

History, science, engineering, architecture, and technology combine in this fascinating book about a subject that billions of people will find familiar but only a handful—such as the kids who read Cities—will be able to explain.

Click here to check out a video of the animated growth of Midtown Manhattan!

 

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STEM Friday: It’s Electric!

Explore Electricity! with 25 Great Projects
by Carmella Van Vleet

Zap! Electricity i9781619301801s all around us. You wake up, you turn on the light, turn up the thermostat, open the refrigerator to get your orange juice, put some bread in the toaster for breakfast, and then lightening cracks outside. Everywhere we turn, our world is affected by the power of electricity.

In Carmella Van Vleet’s new book from Nomad Press, Explore Electricity! with 25 Great Projects, kids 6-9 will learn how humans discovered electricity and harnessed it for their own use. Circuitry, how currents work, electromagnetism, how motors work, alternative electricity – all of these topics are accompanied by glossary words, bits of fun information, safety tips, and hands-on projects that are easy and fun to do.

Did you know a frog helped invent the battery? An Italian teacher was using metal tools to dissect a frog when the dead frog actually moved! Another teacher, Alessandro Volta, heard about the moving dead frog and eventually proved that an electric charge had passed between the metal tools. He discovered that chemical reactions between molecules could cause electrons to move, and if the electrons passed through a conductor (like frog juice!) they could produce an electric charge. A battery was born!

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With Explore Electricity!, kids can create their own circuit, make a lemon battery, experiment with static electricity, and lots of other fun projects. Have fun discovering the power of the world around you!

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STEM Friday: Exploring the Universal, Invisible Force of Gravity!

Explore Gravity! With 25 Great Projects

By Cindy Blobaum

Ages 6-9

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Did you know that because there is no atmosphere on the moon, there is also no wind or weather. Footprints from astronauts who walked on the moon over 40 years ago are still there and it will probably take another 10 to 100 million years before they are covered by dust. How cool is that fun fact?! It’s taken directly from inside the pages of Explore Gravity! With 25 Great Projects.

For STEM Friday today we’re featuring our new book at Nomad Press, Explore Gravity! With 25 Great Projects, for kids ages 6 to 9. Gravity is a thing, it’s a noun, it’s something that affects everything in the universe, but because it’s invisible, it’s also a concept, something that can be hard to grasp with the brain. Explore Gravity! encourages readers to experiment with the concept of gravity while emphasizing data collection and scientific processing skills. Combining concept with application is the very core of STEM!!

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Explore Gravity! introduces kids to the concepts of matter, attraction, and gravitational pull. Projects include creating a working model of a scale to learn what “weight” really means and how it’s affected by gravity. By playing with various weights to make a marvelous mobile, readers learn about the center of balance and how martial artists use this knowledge to throw their weight around. All the projects in this book are easy to follow, require little adult supervision, and use commonly found household products, many from the recycling box!

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STEM Friday: Investigating the Tallest Structures in the World!

Skyscrapers: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects
by Donna Latham
Illustrated by Andrew Christensen
Nomad Press, 2013

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Can you identify what structure was nicknamed the “Metal Asparagus” by some who found it hideously unappealing when it was completed in 1889? I’ll give you a hint. It’s perhaps the most famous and recognizable structure in the world. You guessed it, the Eiffel Tower! The Eiffel Tower is just one of the many structures around the world that define our cityscapes. And it’s not even one of the oldest. In fact, humans have endeavored to build tall since long, long ago. The first known “skyscrapers” were built of sun-dried mud and bricks. These buildings, called ziggurats, were stepped pyramids built in the ancient Mesopotamian Valley as offerings to the powerful gods living in the skies. Today our skyscrapers reach much taller than these primitive forms, and they’re not just monuments; they’re homes, offices, museums, and everything else that you could imagine!

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For STEM Friday this week we’re featuring one of our newest titles at Nomad Press, Skyscrapers: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects for kids ages 9 and older. What requires more STEM knowledge than a skyscraper! Designing and building a skyscraper requires knowledge of internal forces like tension, torsion, and compression, as well as external forces like hurricanes and earthquakes. So many variables must be considered when building the tallest structures in the world—structures people live in and use every day! Our book is an excellent introduction to civil and structural engineering. It even provides an overview of the engineering design process and the steps engineers follow when they tackle a problem, leading them to a solution for a new product, system, or structure.

Projects in our book include building a sugar cube step pyramid and a freestanding spaghetti skyscraper! It also includes cool facts. For example, did you know the Empire State Building gets struck by lightning around 100 times PER YEAR?!?! It was actually designed as a lightning rod for neighboring buildings. Who knew? Now you do!

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CSI = STEM

Forensics
By Carla Mooney
Illustrated by Samuel Carbaugh
Nomad Press, 2013

Forensics_200pxWhat does CSI have to do with STEM, you ask? Everything.

We’re not just talking about the CBS hit series. We’re talking about real crime scene investigation. We’re talking about Forensic science. From the technology used to analyze blood spatter to the mathematics implemented to calculate time of death, even the easiest to solve crime scene draws upon science, technology, engineering, and math. That’s why for STEM Friday this week we’re featuring a title in our newest series, Inquire and Investigate, for readers ages 12 and older. Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation invites kids into the fascinating world of crime scene investigation.

Evidence is like pieces in a large puzzle; it takes an entire forensic team to put the evidence together to solve the crime. An analysis of blood spatter velocity, for example, can determine what weapon was used and from where the impact came. Furthermore, forensics specialists have to understand the properties of blood and how it reacts to forces that act upon it. And then there are trace materials, like fingerprints, hair, and even bones to be collected and analyzed from a crime scene. That’s a lot of science and technology!  We can be sure that as science and technology progress, so too will the tools for collecting evidence, making this a relevant STEM related subject. Furthermore, there are hundreds of forensic related careers! The options are limitless within the field. Kids can become fingerprint examiners, forensic pathologists, forensic anthropologists, or even forensic entomologists. The list goes on and on!

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Up, Up and Away, it’s STEM Friday!

Explore Flight! With 25 Great Projects
By Anita Yasuda
Illustrated by Bryan Stone

Have you ever been in a plane 30,000 feet above the earth, sipping on ginger ale, munching on peanuts, and thought to yourself, this is crazy? I have. But maybe it’s just because I don’t always love to fly! The way we fly today, going wherever we want to go—around the world, into space—is a remarkably incredible feat of engineering, and one that we’ve become accustomed to. Imagine if the Wright Brothers could see us now: sitting on an airplane with 200 other passengers, seat belts fastened, movies playing on our iPads, beverage carts in the aisle, headed for vacation in Hawaii!

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For STEM Friday this week we’re featuring one of our newest tiles, Explore Flight! With 25 Great Projects for kids ages 6-9. It’s a perfect STEM topic, given the history of our fascination with flight, dating back to the invention of kites in China in 1000 BCE. We’ve come a long way since then, to say the least! Have you ever tried to explain to a kid how planes stay up in the air? It’s a combination of lift, gravity, thrust, and drag. When all four of these forces are in balance, an object, like a plane, can fly. Simple, right? Ha! Yes, in theory. It’s simple for birds. They’re naturally designed to balance these forces. But lots and lots of trials (and many, many errors!) have occurred in order for humans to make airplanes one of the safest modes of travel today.

Our fascination with flight has made the universe a much smaller place while answering many questions but opening up so many more. How we fly, where we fly, what we fly, and why we fly will only continue to evolve, push boundaries, and raise questions, which is why this topic is so relevant to STEM education!

Take the latest news headlines for example. You can’t miss the debate over drones. Are we perhaps pushing technology too far? How will we use our ability to fly in ten years? 20? Our children will soon be considering, debating, and solving these questions!

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STEM Friday: Understanding Natural Disasters

NaturalDisasters_Cvr_500pxUnderstanding Natural Disasters
By Kathleen Reilly
Illustrated by Tom Casteel
Nomad Press

Much of the East Coast is still reeling from the infamous Frankenstorm that struck our shores this past October. As its storm-nickname suggests, Hurricane Sandy was a bizarre and indomitable intermixing of atmospheric events. Because its path was so atypical, its magnitude felt that much more frightening. It’s not often a hurricane of such strength spirals toward the Big Apple, the most populated city in the United States at 19 million people.

Natural disasters remind us of our vulnerability as a species. They remind us that we cannot control everything. They remind us that we can do our best to prepare for the worst, but even our best defenses are not imperishable in the face of nature.  And they probably never will be. In reality, New Orleans will never be completely safe from flooding, and the Jersey shore will probably get hit again.

But what if we can understand these disasters better? What if we can at least get a stronger and stronger grip on how and why they form? Advances in technology have helped us to predict earthquakes and hurricanes much more accurately than just ten years ago. Advances in engineering have helped us to better protect what we love—our family, friends, homes, towns and cities.

Natural disasters are a pertinent STEM topic, relating to how and why they occur as well as how we can build defenses to protect ourselves against them. That’s why we’re featuring our book, Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects for STEM Friday this week. This title introduces young readers to nature’s most common and destructive disasters throughout history, explains what causes them, describes their impact on civilizations, and tells how people today cope with natural disasters. Readers are taught the science behind these natural events, and then challenged to put their technology and engineering skills to use as they build a wind tunnel, experiment with wind speed, and construct a shake table.

Among other things, this book teaches readers that the more we know, the more we can do, which is very much a STEM theme!

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