Build the Eiffel Tower

Build the Eiffel Tower

Built in 1889 for the World Exposition, the Eiffel Tower honored the French Revolution. It also showcased national engineering and design expertise to an audience of global visitors. Originally intended as a temporary monument, it remains one of the world’s most visited landmarks. The structure of the tower itself is actually quite simple! To understand how its rivets and beams join, build a model of your own.
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Make Your Own Zibaldone

Make Your Own Zibaldone

From The Science and Technology of Leonardo da Vinci

A zibaldone is the Italian word for “a heap of things.” This is what Leonardo’s notebook was called. He collected a heap of ideas, observations, questions, and experiments on the pages of his notebooks, putting everything he saw or thought into the same book, instead of having different notebooks for different topics. And he used every corner and both sides of every page. In the 1400s, books and paper were more plentiful than they had...

Experiment with Homemade Soap

Experiment with Homemade Soap

From The Science and Technology of Ben Franklin

Back when Ben Franklin was a kid, making soap was a smelly affair. It’s much easier—and more fun—today. Have an adult help you with the knife and the hot glycerin (soap). Caution: An adult must help you melt the glycerin.

Make Your Own Mentos Explosion

Make Your Own Mentos Explosion

From Kitchen Chemistry

Chemical reaction or display of physical force? Try this experiment with candy and soda and see what happens.

Tilt Sensor

Tilt Sensor

From Bots!

Make a simple tilt sensor with LED lights that indicate which way it's leaning.



Julie Des Jardins, historian of American women and gender

The Science and Technology of Marie Curie provides young readers with far more than the standard details of a scientist’s discoveries. Readers will come to understand the scientific, social, political, and cultural context in which Marie Curie became a scientific thinker, a reluctant celebrity, and a woman devoted to humanity, motherhood, and ‘science for science’s sake.’”

Detailed Book Description

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 could not see led to the discovery of two new elements—polonium and radium—and to the birth of a new field of research in radioactivity. In the process, she became 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
  • Extract minerals from breakfast cereal
  • Build a spectroscope to observe the spectrum of light
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science



Meet Marie Curie

Chapter 1
The Making of a Mind

Chapter 2
Discovering Radioactivity

Chapter 3
No Small Task

Chapter 4
Radium Craze!

Chapter 5
Helping and Healing

Chapter 6
Global Celebrity

Chapter 7
After Life

Glossary • Metric Conversions
Resources • Selected Bibliography
Essential Questions • Index