Scientists follow a variety of paths as they engage in their work; some of them may surprise you. Explore the intersection of art and science by looking at the titles below. You won’t be disappointed!
Folding Tech: Using Origami and Nature to Revolutionize Technology by Karen Kenney
Origami, the ancient art of paper-folding is increasingly being used to stunning effects to solve some of the most pressing problems in the world today. This book takes a look at all those technologies that use folding – proteins, space probes, self-assembling robots, and many more.
The Science and Technology of Leonardo da Vinci by Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan and Micah Rauch
With a mix of invention, experimentation, and art, Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest thinkers of all time, gave the world a number of new insights into science, engineering, and much more. With STEM activities and questions to think about, this book encourages children to look at our world in a deeper and more connected way.
The Science of Fashion (Inquire & Investigate) by Julie Danneberg and Michelle Simpson
Discover the science behind clothes! Be it sneakers or shirts, clothes and accessories need to be created and arrive on shelves for you to wear. Taking a look at the fashion industry and the science behind it is what this book is all about. Fun and interactive with hands-on projects for readers, you’ll think twice about your clothes after reading this book.
Stephen Biesty’s Incredible Cross-Sections of Everything by Richard Platt and Stephen Biesty
Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to have x-ray vision? Wonder no more! Explore what your favorite things look like, and how they are made, by looking inside them. From a doughnut to a spacesuit, you’ll get a view that might surprise you. With the help of Chester the Tester, and his sidekick the Inspector, you’ll learn about how things are made and enjoy every minute.
Science Art and Drawing Games for Kids: 35+ Fun Art Projects to Build Amazing Science Skills by Karyn Tripp
If you want to discover how science and art intersect, this is the book for you! With more than 35 hands-on activities, there are plenty of projects to choose from that will give readers engaging insight into the world of science. From paintballs to mazes, this book proves that science can be fun – and artistic too!
Mimic Makers: Biomimicry Inventors Inspired by Nature by Kristen Nordstrom and Paul Boston
Nature is the inspiration for many inventors; from engineers to designers. In this engaging book, you’ll meet ten scientists who use plants and animals as the starting point for creating new technology. It’s called biomimicry. What they’ve designed will inspire you to take a closer look at mother nature and perhaps invent something of your own.
My Crazy Inventions Sketchbook: 50 Awesome Drawing Activities for Young Inventors by Lisa Regan and Andrew Rae.
If you like to invent, this is the book for you! With inspiration from actual inventions too crazy to be real, this book is designed to get your creativity in gear. There’s a lot to explore in this book, with page after page of ideas and innovations – once you read it you’ll be ready to invent something yourself!
From Here to There: Inventions That Changes the Way the World Moves by Vivian Kirkfield and Gilbert Ford
Have you ever wondered where cars and rockets came from? Someone had to invent them. This book takes you back in time to when these everyday objects weren’t invented yet. You’ll meet the men and women who invented new ways to travel, discover what made them curious, and learn how what they created changed the world.
Inside In: X-Rays of Nature’s Hidden World by Jan Paul Schutten and Arie Van ‘t Riet
Who knew X-rays could be so jaw-droppingly beautiful! Using amazing X-ray photographs, this book shows us creatures and their natural habitats in unique ways. This book is a perfect blend of science and art.
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman
A nonfiction biography of Maria Sibylla Merian, one of the first people to observe and document live insects, and one of the first to observe the life cycle of a butterfly, something we all know and take for granted now. The book has original illustrations by Maria Merian herself!
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