Academic journal article Science Scope

How Today's Technology Really Works: Technology

Academic journal article Science Scope

How Today's Technology Really Works: Technology

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By Clive Gifford. 2012. 112 pp. $15.99. Scholastic. New York, NY. ISBN: 9780545383738. (Grades 5-9)

Don't read any further. Go buy this book. I'll wait right here. It is as relevant as it can get. Gifford uses the everyday technology of cell phones, video games, the internet, 3-D movies, and roller coasters to teach kids about the inner workings of these devices and infrastructures. Kids will pore over it.

The book is divided into four chapters: Microchips and Smart Tech (smartphones, the internet, robots); Fun, Games, and Thrills (computer games, electric guitars, and roller coasters); Force, Speed, and Power (supercars, surface skimmers, space construction); and Technology for Life (sports shoes, tech in the home, mountain bikes, energy use).

Brightly colored pages are attractive and loaded with history and statistics, fact boxes, suggested readings, keyword web searches, and additional resources. Step-by-step sequences show how items are put together and diagrams help explain the principle behind each device. There are also suggested websites with videos and places to visit related to the topic. A glossary and index are included, as well. …

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