Asteroid Hunters

9781910549360. ea vol: 32p. (Get to Work with Science and Technology). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Ruby Tuesday. 2015. lib. ed. $26.60. ebk. $39.93.
Gr 3–6—Firsthand accounts from professionals in the field, dramatic situations that require problem-solving, and fascinating facts are at the heart of this engrossing series. These high-interest occupations will appeal to a wide audience, especially those students interested in pursuing a STEM-related career. Real-life scientists who use technology, analysis, and critical thinking to solve problems demonstrate on a larger scale the same techniques that students are learning in the classroom. Interesting details abound, and kids will be eager to learn more strange but true tidbits. (How do vets trim an elephant's toenails? With saws and power sanders, of course.) Striking photos are complemented by geometric sidebars, and the white-print-on-black-background is fresh and sharp.
VERDICT Readers will flock to this fun and informational series.
These books introduce four science-, math-, and technology-related professions. Each book explores the use of data, scientific tools, and the latest technology to determine an asteroid's proximity to Earth, create a space-exploring robot, develop new blockbuster video entertainment, or care for dangerous animals. Behind-the-scenes photos in a distracting design support these enthusiastic overviews. Reading list. Glos, ind. Review covers these Get to Work with Science and Technology titles: Asteroid Hunters, Exploring Distant Worlds as a Space Robot Engineer, The Wild World of a Zoo Vet, and The Wonderful Worlds of a Video Game Designer.

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