Young Adults

Young Adults

Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History


Written by Penny Le Couteur, Ph.D. and Jay Burreson, Ph.D. Napoleon’s Buttons is the fascinating account of seventeen groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history. These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration, and made possible the voyages of discovery that ensued. The molecules resulted in grand feats of engineering and [...]

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story


Written by Ben Carson M.D. with Cecil Murphey The story of Ben Carson, M.D. will inspire readers as they watch an inner-city youngster rise to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Dr. Benjamin Carson is a professor of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, oncology, and pediatrics, and the director of pediatric neurosurgery at [...]

Black women scientists in the United States


Written by Wini Warren, Indiana University Press The reference guide by Wini Warren, illuminates the struggles, strategies, and triumphs of Black women scientists This pathbreaking book goes beyond the lip-service traditionally paid to Black women scientists and illuminates their scientific contributions, struggles, strategies, and triumphs. Drawn heavily from primary sources, Warren’s original reference guide includes [...]

Careers in Science and Engineering: A Student Planning Guide to Grad School and Beyond


Written by National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine Careers in Science and Engineering offers guidance to students on planning careers–particularly careers in nonacademic settings–and discusses how to obtain the education and skills necessary to attain their career goals. Profiles of science and engineering professionals illustrate a variety of career [...]

High Tech Hot Shots: Careers in Sports Engineering


Written by Celeste Baine Consider this book a gateway, as it presents possibilities that might not have been imagined. Explore what types of engineers are involved in over a dozen sports, from “Extreme” sports like skateboarding to more traditional sports like tennis and get advice from engineers about how to succeed as a sports engineer. [...]

The Musical Engineer: A Music Enthusiast’s Guide to Careers in Engineering and Technology


Written by Celeste Baine At last, a book for every student that loves music. Written for middle school, high school and pre-engineering college students, this book compiles resources, information and stories of engineers who work passionately in the music industry to design new and improved products for music enjoyment. Motivation to develop your skills, imagination [...]

The Fantastical Engineer: A Thrillseeker’s Guide to Careers in Theme Park Engineering


Written by Celeste Baine At last, a book for every student that has wanted to become an imagineer. High school and college students will appreciate this book about the engineers that design today’s themed entertainment. Covers not only engineering/imagineering at Disney but imagineering at 200+ companies that design themed attractions. From model-making to architecture to [...]

Is There an Engineer Inside You? A Comprehensive Guide to Career Decisions in Engineering


Written by Celeste Baine   Ideas in Action: A Girl’s Guide to Careers in Engineering is for girls that want to work with people, help solve climate problems, save the world, or be part of the movement that makes a difference in the world. This inspirational booklet introduces many different types of engineering to middle [...]

Dream Walker: A Journey of Achievement and Inspiration


Written by Bernard Harris A role model for today’s inner-city youth, Dr. Harris is a medical doctor trained at the Mayo Clinic; a pilot and flight surgeon; a former NASA scientist and astronaut; the founder and managing director of a successful venture capital firm; and the founder and president of the Harris Foundation, an organization [...]

The House of the Scorpion


Written by Nancy Farmer Between the U.S.A. and Aztlán (once called Mexico) lies a strip of land, known as Opium, the name of its chief product. It is ruled by a 146-year-old drug lord known as El Patrón. His fields are tilled by illegal immigrants, called “eejits,” who have computer chips implanted in their brains [...]

Find Where The Wind Goes Moments from My Life


Written by Mae Jemison From a Chicago inner-city school, to outer space as the first black woman astronaut, Mae has always reached for the stars. Let her tell you how she finally got there. Mae Jemison decided what she wanted to be when she was five years old in 1961. “I’m going to be a [...]

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


Written by Rebbeca Skloot Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are [...]

Science matters: Achieving scientific literacy


Written by Hazen, R.M., & Trefil, J. With an easy-to-read style, the authors offer 18 chapters dedicated to chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, biology, etc., with the goal of helping readers comprehend more complex scientific principles without having to have a background in the discipline. Knowledge of the basic ideas and principles of science is fundamental [...]

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