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MAY 2021

Build It Science Biographies

Capture the curiosity of three science revolutionaries whose discoveries continue to resonate today!

Welcome to the Renaissance, a time of discovery, wonder, and exploration!

During the Renaissance, inventors and other creative thinkers designed and constructed many new things. And one of the people on the forefront of that awakening was Leonardo da Vinci. In The Science and Technology of Leonardo da Vinci, readers ages 9 through 12 explore the life of one of the world’s most amazing minds. They ponder the same kinds of questions that drove Leonardo to tinker and experiment endlessly: What is the inside of the body like? How might humans fly? How can geometry be used to design strong buildings?

Kids gain insight into anatomy, botany, engineering, and much more through hands-on STEM activities, essential questions, text-to-world connections, and links to online resources.

Try these hands-on STEM projects!

• Play with perspective
• Design a water clock
• Make a camera obscura

Inventor. Scientist. Diplomat. Printer. Benjamin Franklin was a very curious person, which led to lots of different roles during his lifetime.

In The Science and Technology of Benjamin Franklin, readers ages 9 through 12 explore the life of one of Colonial America’s most fascinating citizens. They discover what it might have been like to be a young person in the early eighteenth century, when work and entertainment looked much different from today. Kids confront the same questions Franklin asked and follow Franklin on his curiosity journey that lasted his entire life as a scientific pioneer in colonial America. Through hands-on STEM activities, essential questions, text-to-world connections, and links to online resources, kids zoom in for a closer look into Franklin’s world.

Try these hands-on engineering projects!

• Create your own instrument
• Design hard-to-counterfeit money
• Make an ocean current

JUNE 2021

Who gets to do science? During a time when most people would answer, “Men,” Marie Curie followed her passion for science and earned two Nobel Prizes!

In The Science and Technology of Marie Curie, readers ages 9 through 12 explore Curie’s groundbreaking scientific research in physics and chemistry and discover how this research forced people to rethink the very structure of their surrounding world . . . and the role of women within it. Her commitment to understanding that which the human eye cannot see led to the discovery of two new elements—polonium and radium—and to the birth of a new field of research into radioactivity. In the process, she was the first woman to earn a Nobel Prize and the only person ever to win two Nobel Prizes in two different scientific fields, all as she reset ideas around women’s roles in society.

Through hands-on STEM activities, essential questions, text-to-world connections, and links to online resources, kids zoom in for a closer look into Curie’s world.

Try these hands-on chemistry projects!

•  Design a 3-D model of the periodic table
•  Model the structure of an atom
•  Compute the half-life of M&Ms

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