Are Engineering and Robotics the New Cool?

Bascomb, N. (2011). The new cool: A visionary teacher, his first robotics team, and the ultimate battle of smarts. New York: Crown Publishers. Summary: The New Cool tells the story of high school teacher and MacArthur Genius Award winner Amir Abo-Shaeer as he mentors a “band of high-IQ students” training to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Hailing from the […]

Eye See! The Eyes of Creatures from Bullfrogs to Buzzards

Jenkins, S. (2014). Eye to eye: How animals see the world. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Summary: Based on the premise, “Eyes are the most important link to the world,” Jenkins introduces the reader to a wide range of animal eyeballs, explaining the difference between types of eyes—from the  starfish’s eyespot to the camera eye of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Colorful and visually-appealing […]