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Robotics: discover the science and technology of the future by Kathi Ceceri

Once, robots were only found in science fiction books and movies. Today, robots are everywhere! They assemble massive cars and tiny computer chips. They help doctors do delicate surgery. They vacuum our houses and mow our lawns. Robot toys play with us, follow our commands, and respond to our moods. We even send robots to explore the depths of the ocean and the expanse of space. In Robotics, children ages 9 and up learn how robots affect both the future and the present. Hands-on activities make learning both fun and lasting.


Make: Paper Inventions by Kathy Ceceri

Paper is incredible stuff. It's easy to cut, but incredibly strong. It's disposable, but can last for centuries. It can stand as stiff as a board, pop up like a spring, or float like a leaf. And its invention changed the world forever. Perfect for kids, parents, and educators, Paper Inventions is a project-based book with full color illustrations, step-by-step instructions, supply lists, and templates that allow you to follow along with the book or devise something entirely new. Each chapter features new projects that will challenge and intrigue everyone, from beginning to experienced makers.

My First Book about Engineering: an awesome introduction to robotics and other fields of engineering by Patricia Wynne

For thousands of years, engineers have solved problems by designing and building new things. This informative, fun-to-color book introduces kids ages 8-12 to the many different worlds of engineering. Realistic illustrations and easy-to-understand captions explain how civil engineers build a bridge, how structural engineers erect a skyscraper, how genetic engineers alter DNA, what environmental engineers do to protect our planets, and how robotics and aerospace engineers attach a mini-helicopter to a Mars robot explorer. It's the perfect book for the next generation of STEM students.