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Computer coding may not be the easiest skill to master, but it is definitely a useful one to have. Coding for Beginners using Scratch does an excellent job of making it a fun and accessible journey for even the youngest readers. With all terms explained throughout the book and colourful, creative images to help readers along the way, they will be designing balloon sprites and heroes for their own games before you know it. It is both a great starter lesson for moving on to more advanced software and a book to give you a new hobby with which to impress friends. ~ Andrea Reece 36 million children have taken part in "hour of code" activities worldwide, and coding clubs are becoming an increasingly popular after-school activity. This book, Coding for Beginners Using Python and the companion title - Lift-the-Flaps Computers and Coding - are a fun and essential introduction to what can be sometimes still seen as an intimidating subject.
Combine hands-on fun with scientific investigation using this action-packed collection of 100 simple science experiments. Use easily-sourced materials to make crystals, electrical circuits, kaleidoscopes, balloon rockets, and much more. Internet links go to specially selected websites with more activities, and contents and index pages are included.
The story of human invention and engineering began at least 10,000 years ago in the stone age and has continued non-stop ever since with each discovery leading to new developments in our understanding. The Wallbook Timeline of Science and Engineering demonstrates this brilliantly, a two metre long poster – ideal for pinning to the wall or poring over on the table or floor – places scientists, physicians, astronomers and more in chronological order, their work illustrated in attractive pictures accompanied by informative captions. Men – and women – from different regions and races are united in this brilliant visual demonstration of the nature of human discovery. Newspaper style articles provide longer reading and support what is described on the poster. It’s a triumph of an information book, comprehensive and inspiring, bound to set readers off on their own journeys of discovery. ~ Andrea Reece The wallbooks are an amazing feat of publishing. The Timeline of Science and Engineering shows the extraordinary story of how humans have shaped and reshaped the world through ingenuity and invention from the Stone Ages to today on a timeline of more than 1,000 pictures and captions. In addition to the Wallbook, The Timeline of Science and Engineering includes a Chronicle which features more than 35 newspaper stories and a quiz.
Packed with facts, diagrams, info-graphics and photos, this is the perfect introduction to the amazing human body. The many parts of the body form a network of systems that work together to keep you alive and active. The mechanics of the human body are described in concise and easy-to understand text while info-graphics and photographs bring the various systems to life. Fact panels provide fascinating snippets of extra information.
With its equal mix of quirky facts and puzzles to try, Lift-the-flap Computers and Coding provides a whole new technique for learning how computer coding runs. Not only will it help readers understand how coding works, it also answers questions as to why it works the way it does. The use of flaps and colourful cartoon-style illustrations helps bring a really difficult topic to a level children can master and many adults will find it useful too. Even binary is covered, and in a very straightforward way. It’s a great book, one that even an expert coders will enjoy! ~ Andrea Reece 36 million children have taken part in "hour of code" activities worldwide, and coding clubs are becoming an increasingly popular after-school activity. This book and the companion title - Coding for Beginners - are a fun and essential introduction to what can be sometimes still seen as an intimidating subject.
Winner of the £10,000 Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize 2016, which champions the best science books for under-14s. Macaulay, who was announced as the winner at a ceremony in Cardif, was selected by a panel of child judges from a shortlist of six books. The shortlist was picked by a panel of adult judges, chaired by Professor Dame Julia Higgins. Higgins said: “This book isn’t just dry pages about what engineering is. It’s a very exciting story about a sloth that has to get somewhere and in order to get to where he’s going he has to build levers, he has to build bridges. Each of the pages is about how he designs a solution to a problem - just what an engineer must do.”
This is a superb reference book, likely to encourage much happy browsing as well as to provide solid information to support school work. Divided into themed sections such a materials; energy, forces and motion; Earth and Space; and the human body, each page is illustrated with attractive artwork and photographs. Text is clearly presented in short blocks, making it inviting to read and the information is conveyed clearly and succinctly. A final section called Science Facts and Lists guides readers to the best sites on the internet so that they can develop their interest while indeed each page includes internet links to websites with relevant video clips and other multimedia content. ~ Andrea Reece
August 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month There’s a huge amount of information in this slim volume, gathered under headings such as Planet Earth, Physics, Numbers and Counting and Prehistoric Finds. It’s presented in a way that is sure to appeal to inquisitive young people, almost as a series of stories: short paragraphs explain the different topics linking them to the men and women who studied them and advanced our understanding. It makes for a fascinating narrative that gives a real sense of the development of scientific thinking. Illustrations help make the science clear and memorable and this is a book that will inspire as well as inform. ~ Andrea Reece
June 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month This fact-packed guide to the human body will encourage children to think more about how their body works. It starts with a maze, a good way of demonstrating that the book is about finding things out yourself. Sure enough, in bright, busy spreads, each one dedicated to a different part of the body – muscles, brain, organs etc. – as well as diagrams and information boxes there are questions for the reader and experiments to try out. The book comes with a little magnifying glass too, a fun way of encouraging study of the diagrams, while an activity page at the back suggests that the reader use it on themselves for a real close up on the amazing body.
Science is a huge topic, but this friendly book breaks it down into bite-sized chunks, making it an accessible introduction for anyone who wants to find out about this fascinating subject. Highly illustrated, in a pictorial, 'infographics' style, with snippets of information about all aspects of science from particle physics to genes and DNA. Although aimed at kids we think adults will love it too as it just might stir some long-buried science lessons!
Whether you’re a maths whizz or a daring doodler, this book is your graphic guide to smart art! Discover how maths can be artistic and art can be mathematical with this awesome activity book, full of fun drawing challenges with a hint of maths! See the left brain and the right brain come together to create fantastic maths art.
This book helps you learn about the awe-inspiring world of science with pop-ups, pull-outs, and fantastic facts with Professor Robert Winston. Utterly Amazing Science is an engaging, eye-catching approach to exploring what makes the world go round. Professor Robert Winston unravels the mysteries of science alongside pop-ups, pull-outs, flaps, sliders and incredible science facts to make learning about science fun and interactive. Use push and pull sliders to feel the force! You can understand the building blocks of matter with a pop-up atom or lift the flaps on the periodic table. You can discover the incredible core topics in the world of science, including forces and motions, light and colour, elements and matter, and magnets and electricity with clear explanations and fun activities to help your child understand the building blocks of science. Perfect for budding scientists with the combination of information and interactivity, Utterly Amazing Science will leave you thoroughly blown away!