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 still looms large over Paris today, remaining one of the world’s most visited landmarks.
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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...

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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).

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Build a Craft Stick Catapult

Build a Craft Stick Catapult

From Engines!

Ancient armies used catapults in battle. But the catapult has been used as recently as World War I. In that war, soldiers used catapults to toss hand grenades at the enemy. Today, catapults are used to launch planes off the decks of huge ships called aircraft carriers. Because the runway is short on an aircraft carrier, the catapult helps get the plane into the air quickly. Try making your own!

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Tilt Sensor

Tilt Sensor

From Bots!

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

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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 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
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
9781647410193
Paperback, $17.95
9781647410223
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Engineering & Technology
Leveling: Ages 9-12 |Grade Level 4-6 |

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Introduction
Meet Marie Curie

Chapter 1
Visualizing the Invisible: Discovering Radiation

Chapter 2
Breaking Down the Compounds

Chapter 3
Medical Technology in the War to End All Wars

Chapter 4
Icon of Women’s Achievement in Science

Chapter 5
Marie Curie’s Legacy

Glossary
Metric Conversions
Resources
Selected Bibliography
Essential Questions
Index