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JUNE 2021

Build It Science Biographies

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


Inquire & Investigate

Discover the chemistry in your kitchen and the science in your closet!

Why does tomato sauce taste different from fresh tomatoes? Why does pasta go limp when you cook it in boiling water? What makes ice cream melt?

What better place to learn the fundamentals of chemistry than in the kitchen? In The Chemistry of Food, kids learn the science behind the food they love to eat as they explore the chemistry within the meal, how nutrition works, what creates flavor, and why texture is important. This book offers detailed explanations of five ways chemistry is part of the food they eat.

Hands-on, science-minded investigations, links to online resources and media, career connections, and text-to-world questions all create a delicious learning experience. Plus recipes!

Try these hands-on chemistry projects!

•  Use salt and ice to make ice cream
•  Discover what food additives are in your kitchen
•  Find out how starches work
•  Solve the mystery behind the color of cola

What kind of sneakers are you wearing right now? What material is your shirt made out of? And how did all of these clothes and accessories get made and arrive at a store for you to try on and buy?

In The Science of Fashion, learn how science, technology, and engineering make the entire fashion industry possible! Most people tend to think of fashion designers and scientists as occupying two completely different worlds, but the truth is, the fashion business is completely dependent on and intertwined with science and engineering. The computer technology used in fashion design, the science behind dyes and special treatments such as waterproofing, and the engineering innovations in manufacturing of fast fashion are just a few of the ways the fashion world and the science and engineering world meet.

Hands-on engineering projects, links to online resources, career connections, and essential questions get kids engaged with the science of what they wear!

Try these hands-on science projects!

•  Create your own natural dyes
•  Deconstruct the sewing robot
•  Explore the psychology of color

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