Science for teens!

September 10, 2018

Are you a science lover? Curious about the world around you? Well check out these books! 

What's it like in space? Stories from astronauts who've been there / Ariel Waldman ; illustrations by Brian Standeford

Everyone wonders what it's really like in space, but very few of us have ever had the chance to experience it firsthand. This captivating illustrated collection brings together stories from dozens of international astronauts—men and women who've actually been there—who have returned with accounts of the sometimes weird, often funny, and awe-inspiring sensations and realities of being in space. With playful artwork accompanying each, here are the real stories behind backwards dreams, "moon face," the tricks of sleeping in zero gravity and aiming your sneeze during a spacewalk, the importance of packing hot sauce, and dozens of other cosmic quirks and amazements that come with travel in and beyond low Earth orbit.

15 dangerously mad projects for the evil genius / Simon Monk

This wickedly inventive guide explains how to design and build 15 fiendishly fun electronics projects. Filled with photos and illustrations, 15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius includes step-by-step directions, as well as a construction primer for those who are new to electronics projects.

Using easy-to-find components and equipment, this do-it-yourself book shows you how to create a variety of mischievous gadgets, such as a remote-controlled laser, motorized multicolored LEDs that write in the air, and a surveillance robot. You'll also learn to use the highly popular Arduino microcontroller board with three of the projects.

Make a coil gun, trebuchet, mini laser turret, laser-grid intruder alarm, levitation machine and so much more!

Each fun, inexpensive Evil Genius project includes a detailed list of materials, sources for parts, schematics, and lots of clear, well-illustrated instructions for easy assembly. The larger workbook-style layout and convenient two-column format make following the step-by-step instructions a breeze.

Robot building for teens / by Behnam Salemi

Robotics--the design and creation of robots--is one of the most exciting and fast-growing areas of technology today. Robots are essentially computers with physical bodies; they can sense their environment, make decisions, and perform actions. They come in all shapes and sizes and are being used in almost every area of society--from business and industry to science, medicine, communications, entertainment, and beyond. While modern robots can be quite complex, the fundamental principles of robot building can be learned by any interested beginner. If you've ever thought about building your own robots, ROBOT BUILDING FOR TEENS will teach you how to get started in this fascinating hobby. The projects in this book include the "Digital Brain Robot," the "Bug Bot," and even a robot on wheels! You will learn how to design your robot, how to create a prototype, where to buy parts, how to program your finished robot to perform tasks, and more. You'll be led step-by-step through the projects in the book. Along the way, you'll learn about advanced robotic systems that use the same principles you're learning, and you'll get a glimpse into the future of robotics. This book's companion website includes software program files, parts lists for each project, and links to online parts suppliers. ROBOT BUILDING FOR TEENS is a fun, easy-to-understand, hands-on guide that will have you building your own robots in no time.

Cleared for takeoff: the ultimate book of flight / by Rowland White

All of aviation's dangerous, exciting, and most courageous moments are featured within this stunning compendium on flight. Packed with stories of heroic and innovative pioneers, fascinating profiles of remarkable planes from Spitfires to space shuttles, and how-to instructions for making everything from origami helicopters to bottle rockets—all accompanied by sensational photographs, illustrations, and diagrams—Cleared for Takeoff promises to astonish, entertain, and fire the imaginations of everyone with their head in the clouds.             

Amazing feats of biological engineering / by Melissa Abramovitz ; content consultant, Dan Phillips, Director, Biomedical Engineering Program, Rochester Institute of Technology

Engineers offer innovative solutions to the toughest challenges facing the world. They are involved in supplying water to Africa, building rockets, and creating bionic limbs. They design the tallest buildings, the longest bridges, and the fastest aircrafts. Engineers have taken us to the moon and beyond! Great Achievements in Engineering marvels at some of the most amazing feats of engineering ever completed. Learn what science and engineering principles went into designing a 160 story building and landing a rover on Mars. Investigate how you can have a hand in engineering!

(All book descriptions provided by Amazon)

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