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Full STEAM Baseball: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics of the Game

. 9781543530384. McCollum, Sean. Full STEAM Soccer: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics of the Game. ISBN 9781543530407.ea vol: 32p. (Full STEAM Sports). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Capstone. Aug. 2018. lib. ed. $27.99.
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Gr 4–6—Four popular sports are viewed through the lens of STEAM in this informative series. The science sections in each book focus primarily on the physics of ball movement, such as "bending" the ball with the Magnus effect. Baseball's and Basketball's arts sections are easily the best in the set, focusing on cartooning and theatrics, respectively; the arts section in Football and Soccer, however, don't go further than covering uniforms. In an overall great series, there's just one small gripe: the pitcher's stride in Baseball is not accurately described, but other than that, the whole series is stellar.
VERDICT Students tasked with research projects will be grateful for this series. A solid option for upper elementary schoolers.

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