CRISP Library

CRISP offers a collection of science/content books, teaching strategies, curriculum resources and DVDs that may be checked out for classroom use.


Academic Performance

Student Teams that Get Results: Teaching Tools for the Differentiated Classroom, G Gregory

Synopsis: Using the same principles introduced in the best-selling book Teacher Teams That Get Results, this resource shows how students who work together and share ideas with one another can deepen their understanding of essential concepts. Combining effective grouping strategies with other research-based practices, this resource for the differentiated classroom demonstrates how students can strengthen critical thinking and achievement through three key skills: teaming to learn, sharing knowledge and skills, and integrating and applying learning. By utilizing these innovative teaching tools and strategies (presented in this book) with their student teams, teachers can prepare all students for deeper thinking and success both in the classroom and on assessments! More Info

The Educator's Handbook for Understanding and Closing Achievement Gaps, J Murphy

Synopsis: Distinguished researcher Joseph Murphy has gathered and analyzed the most up-to-date research and data to help school leaders understand what the achievement gap is, why it persists, and what educators can do about it. This comprehensive handbook:

  • examines external factors that contribute to achievement gaps, such as socioeconomic status, family environment, racism and individual differences,
  • covers internal factors such as instruction, school culture, and school support, and
  • provides strategies for addressing both internal and external factors to make an impact. More Info
How to Teach Students Who Don't Like You: Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies, B Davis

Synopsis: This practical workbook's strategies, proven activities, reflective questions, staff development activities, and facilitator's guide will teach how to effectively reach culturally and ethnically diverse students. More Info

Educative Assessment: Designing Assessments to Inform and Improve Student Performance, G Wiggins

Synopsis: Wiggins makes the most convincing case yet that school-based assessment should aim mainly to improve, rather than to audit, student performance. This book covers all aspects of assessment design, including how to craft performance tasks that meet rigorous educational standards, how to score assessments fairly, and how to structure and judge student portfolios. It also looks at how performance assessment can be used to improve curriculum and instruction, grading and reporting - and teacher accountability. More Info

Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom, J Bean

Synopsis: A practical nuts and bolts guide for teachers from any discipline who want to design interest-provoking writing and critical thinking activities. More Info

Curriculum Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

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Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, R Arum, J Roksa

Synopsis: In spite of soaring tuition costs, more and more students go to college every year. A bachelor's degree is now required for entry into a growing number of professions. And some parents begin planning for the expense of sending their kids to college when they're born.

Almost everyone strives to go, but almost no one asks the fundamental question posed by Academically Adrift: are undergraduates really learning anything once they get there? For a large proportion of students, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa's answer to that question is a definitive "no." More Info

Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World, H Jacobs

Synopsis: What year are you preparing your students for? 1973? 1995? Can you honestly say that your school's curriculum and the program you use are preparing your students for 2015 or 2020? Are you even preparing them for today? With those provocative questions, author and educator Heidi Hayes Jacobs launches a powerful case for overhauling, updating, and injecting life into the K-12 curriculum. More Info

Professional Development

How Students Learn: Science in the Classroom, National Research Council Committee

Synopsis: This book presents a way that teachers can use findings immediately, to revitalize their work in the classroom for even greater effectiveness. More Info

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School, National Research Council Committee

Synopsis:This book uses exemplary teaching to illustrate how approaches based on what we now know in in-depth learning. It examines these finding and their implications for what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess what our children learn. More Info

Models of Professional Development: A Celebration of Educators, B Joyce

Synopsis:With emphasis on the essential connection to student outcomes, this volume provides an in-depth analysis of each approach, plus concrete guidelines for effective implementation and program evaluation. Based on the belief that all models can succeed if properly implemented, the book examines:

  • models to support individuals
  • collaborative personal/professional direct service models such as mentoring and coaching
  • collaborative and cooperative models
  • models designed to achieve curricular and instructional change
  • the traditional workshop model and how it can be improved  More Info
The Reflective Educator's Guide to Professional Development: Coaching Inquiry-Oriented Learning Communities, D Hoppey

Synopsis: Combining professional learning communities and action research, this step-by-step guide provides coaches, workshop leaders, and staff developers with strategies, activities, and tools to develop inquiry-oriented PLCs. More Info

The Skillful Teacher: Building Your Teaching Skills, J Saphier

Synopsis: This book has become the gold standard text in many colleges and school districts across the country for studying generic pedagogy. Designed for both the novice and the experienced educator. The Skillful Teacher is a unique synthesis of the Knowledge Base on Teaching with powerful repertoires for matching teaching strategies to student needs. Designed as a practical guide for practitioners working to broaden their teaching skills, the book combines theory with practice and focuses on 18 critical areas of classroom performance. A must for instructional coaches and mentors! More Info

Teacher Education in Physics, D Meltzer, P Shaffer

Synopsis: This book came about due to an increasing national recognition of a need for improved preparation of physics and physical science teachers. Although there is an extensive and growing body of research and research-based practice in physics teacher education, there has been no single resource for scholarly work in this area. In response, The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) project management selected Editors and an Editorial Board for the book based on recommendations from the physics education community. The editorial group worked to devise a set of guidelines regarding submission of manuscripts. This resulting book includes new reports that reflect cutting-edge research and practice, as well as reprints of previously published seminal papers. More Info

Assessing for Learning: Building a Sustainable Commitment Across the Institution, P Maki

Synopsis: This book offers colleges and universities a framework and tools to design an effective and collaborative assessment process appropriate for their culture and institution. It encapsulates the approach that Peggy Maki has developed and refined through the hundreds of successful workshops she has presented nationally and internationally. More Info

Secondary Science Instruction: An Integrated Approach, W Farmer, M Farrell, J Lehman

Synopsis: This book provides a comprehensive and effective preparation for science teachers by integrating educational theory, research, and practice. The authors recognize the importance of both the intellectual development of students and the processes and nature of science teaching and learning. Their instructional model provides a clear and logical framework for the presentation of fundamental concepts of teaching, such as getting and giving feedback, planning and evaluating instruction, and managing classroom discipline. Info

Navigating Implementation of the Commom Core State Standards, D Reeves, M Wiggs, C Lassiter

Synopsis: Common Core State Standards (CCSS) bring state curricula into alignment with each other by following the principles of standards-based education reform. The big idea behind CCSS is to, "provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them." Navigating Implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the first of a four book series, provides background on CCSS and helps create a plan to implement the standards. More Info

Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology, National Research Council

Synopsis: Each new headline about American students' poor performance in math and science leads to new calls for reform in teaching. Education Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology puts the whole picture together by synthesizing what we know about the quality of math and science teaching, drawing conclusions about why teacher preparation needs reform, and then outlining recommendations for accomplishing the most important goals before us. More Info

Evaluating Professional Development, T Guskey

Synopsis: This is a practical guide to evaluating professional development programs at five increasing levels of sophistication: participants' reaction to professional development; how much participants learned; evaluating organizational support and change; how participants use their new knowledge and skills; and improvements in student learning. More Info

Teaching First-Year College Students, B Erickson, C Peters, D Strommer

Synopsis: Teaching First-Year College Students is a thoroughly expanded and updated edition of Teaching College Freshmen, which has become a classic in the field since it was published in 1991. The book offers concrete suggestions about specific strategies and approaches for faculty who teach first-year courses. The new edition is based on the most current research on teaching and learning and incorporates information about the demographic changes that have occurred in student populations since the first edition was published. The updated strategies are designed to help first-year students adjust effectively to both the academic and nonacademic pressures of college. The authors also help faculty understand first-year students and show how their experiences in high school have prepared or not prepared them for the world of higher education. More Info

Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Schience and Mathematics, S Loucks-Horsley, K Stiles

Synopsis: This expanded edition of one of the most widely cited resources in the field of professional development for mathematics and science educators demonstrates how to design professional development experiences for teachers that lead to improved student learning. More Info

How Social and Emotional Development Add Up: Getting Results in Math and Science Education, N Haynes, M Ben-Avie, J Ensign

Synopsis: This landmark volume is essential reading for science and math teachers who are eager to find creative and stimulating ways to engage students' interest and to boost their academic performance. A stellar group of contributors, including both psychologists and teachers, outlines the principles of social emotional learning (SEL) that educators can follow to help all students to achieve in the math and science classroom. The text focuses on inner-city schools and the particular needs of African American students. More Info

Pathways To School Success: Leaving No Child Behind, N Haynes

Synopsis: In this book, author Norris Haynes examines and discusses seven critical pathways that lead to school success. The pathways are: responsive schools; school-based support services; personalized learning communities; increased student interest, achievement, and motivation; positive school climate; fostered resilience; and promotion of school readiness. The work, which includes case studies and interviews with students, is a theoretical and practical guide to addressing the academic, social, and emotional needs of students. The strategies and concepts outlined in Pathways to School Success will help enhance a school's performance and thereby increase the probability that no child will be left behind. More Info

How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, S Ambrose, M Bridges, M DiPietro

Synopsis: Distilling the research literature and translating the scientific approach into language relevant to a college or university teacher, this book introduces seven general principles of how students learn. The authors have drawn on research from a breadth of perspectives (cognitive, developmental, and social psychology; educational research; anthropology; demographics; organizational behavior) to identify a set of key principles underlying learning, from how effective organization enhances retrieval and use of information to what impacts motivation. Integrating theory with real-classroom examples in practice, this book helps faculty to apply cognitive science advances to improve their own teaching. More Info

Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum, G Nosich

Synopsis: Learning to Think Things Through presents a combination of instruction and exercises that shows the reader how to become active learners rather than passive recipients of information, use critical thinking to more fully appreciate the power of the discipline they are studying, to see its connections to other fields and to their day-to-day lives, and to maintain an overview of the field so they can see the parts in terms of the whole. The model of critical thinking (used throughout the book) is in terms of the elements of reasoning, standards, and critical thinking processes. This model is well-suited to thinking through any problem or question. The 4th edition reflects streamlined writing, with changes and substantial edits on virtually every page. More Info

NSTA Press

Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Vol. 1

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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Vol. 2

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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Vol. 3

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Welcome to Nanoscience: Interdisciplinary Environmental Explorations (Grades 9-12)

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Nanoscale Science: Activities for Grades 6-12, MG Jones

Synopsis: Using guided inquiry with open-ended exploration where possible, the book’s 20 investigations teach students about the unique properties and behavior of materials at the nano-scale (one-billionth of the size of a meter). The activities are organized around five themes: scale, tools and techniques, unique properties and behaviors, nanotechnology applications, and societal implications.

Assessment in Science: Practical Experiences and Education Research, M McMahon

Synopsis: If you want the latest research about assessment techniques that really work, you want Assessment in Science. This collection of informative, up-to-date reports is by authors who are practicing K-12 classroom teachers and university-based educators and researchers. Working in teams, they tried out and evaluated different assessment approaches in actual classrooms. The research is sound, but that doesn’t mean it’s hard to grasp. The book stays true to its title by capturing practical lessons in accessible language. As the introduction notes, the reports feature “classroom testing stories, standards-based assessment techniques, teaching-testing dilemmas, portfolio struggles and triumphs, and knowledge of the research on assessment.” More Info

Exemplary Science in Informal Education Settings, R Yager

Synopsis: Just as science education doesn’t stop at the schoolhouse door, neither should effective application of the National Science Education Standards. Exemplary Science in Informal Education Settings shows real-world examples of how science education reform has taken hold in museums, science centers, zoos, and aquariums as well as on television, radio, and the internet. More Info

Science Stories: Using Case Studies to Teach Critical Thinking, C Herreid, N Schiller, K Herreid

Synopsis: Stories put "flesh and blood" on the scientific method and provide an inside look at scientists in action. Case studies deepen scientific understanding, sharpen critical-thinking skills, and help students see how science relates to their lives. In Science Stories, Clyde Freeman Herreid, Nancy A. Schiller, and Ky F. Herreid have organized case studies into categories such as historical cases, science and the media, and ethics and the scientific process. Each case study comprises a story, classroom discussion questions, teaching notes and background information, objectives, and common misconceptions about the topic, as well as helpful references. College-level educators and high school teachers will find that this compilation of case studies will allow students to make connections between the classroom and everyday life. Science Stories is sure to make science engaging and enlightening for both students and teachers. More Info

Science Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning, P Keeley

Synopsis: Science education expert Page Keeley shares 75 specific techniques that help K–12 science teachers determine students’ understanding of key concepts and design learning opportunities that will deepen students’ mastery of content and standards. More Info

A Learner's Guide to Science Curriculum Topic Study, S Mundry, P Keeley, C Landel

Synopsis: Corwin The Curriculum Topic Study (CTS) process, funded by the National Science Foundation, helps teachers improve their practice by linking standards and research to content, curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Keyed to the core book Science Curriculum Topic Study, this resource helps science professional development leaders and teacher educators understand the CTS approach and how to design, lead, and apply CTS in a variety of settings that support teachers as learners. The authors provide everything needed to facilitate the CTS process, including a solid foundation in the CTS framework, multiple designs for half-day and full-day workshops, professional learning communities, and one-on-one instructional coaching, facilitation, group processing, and materials management strategies, a CD-ROM with handouts, PowerPoint slides, and templates. By bringing CTS into schools and other professional development settings, science leaders can enhance their teachers knowledge of content, improve teaching practices, and have a positive impact on student learning. More Info

Teaching High School Science Through Inquiry, D Llewellyn

Synopsis: Douglas Llewellyn. 2005. 232 pages. From the author of the best-selling Inquire Within: Implementing Inquiry-Based Science Standards comes a groundbreaking book devoted to high school science teachers who want to improve their teaching and enhance student learning through inquiry. More Info

Teaching High School Science Through Inquiry and Argumentation, D Llewellyn

Synopsis:To ensure our students achieve scientific literacy, we need to know what works in science teaching. One thing we know for certain: inquiry and argumentation are key. This groundbreaking book for Grades 9–12 addresses the new direction of science standards by emphasizing both inquiry-based and argument-based instruction. More Info

Language and Literacy in Inquiry-Based Science Classrooms, Grades 3-8, Z Fang

Synopsis: This hands-on resource offers a wealth of strategies aligned with national science education standards, including sample lessons for integrating reading instruction into inquiry-based science classrooms. More Info

Models-Based Science Teaching, S Gilbert

Synopsis: Humans perceive the world by constructing mental models—telling a story, interpreting a map, reading a book. Every way we interact with the world involves mental models, whether creating new ones or building on existing models with the introduction of new information. In Models-Based Science Teaching, author and educator Steven Gilbert explores the concept of mental models in relation to the learning of science and how we can apply this understanding when we teach science. Practicing science teachers at all levels who want to explore new and better ways to frame and model science will find value in this book. More Info

STEM Education

A Leader's Guide to Science Curriculum Topic Study, C Landel

Synopsis: From professional development designs to handouts and PowerPoint slides, this guide has everything science leaders need to facilitate CTS and improve science teaching in schools! More Info

Best Practices for Teaching Science: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do, R Stone

Synopsis: This resource for new and veteran educators helps build student confidence and success through innovative approaches for raising student achievement in science, such as: Expeditionary learning, technology and music, independent research study and more More Info

Science Curriculum Topic Study: Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Practice, P Keeley

Synopsis: Keeley (Maine mathematics and science alliance) presents the curriculum topic study (CTS) process of studying readings from a core set of professional science education resources before writing a science lesson plan. She provides CTS guides that suggest sources for helping teachers refresh adult content knowledge, consider instructional implications, identify concepts, examine research on student learning, and clarify standards. The second half of the book provides study guides on 147 science topics, such as infectious disease, earthquakes, the solar system, chemical energy, experimental design, and technology. More Info

Fostering Scientific Habits of Mind: Pedagogical Knowledge and Best Practices in Science Education, I Saleh

Synopsis: This volume does much to advance the intellectual debate regarding scientific literacy within our global society. Collectively, the authors acknowledge that a full understanding of science education requires simultaneous attention to the cognitive, pedagogical, and technological dimensions of teaching and learning, as well as a focus on appropriate science content knowledge. The discussion is informed by inclusion of original research studies as well as the provision of the research bases for exemplary practices espoused by the authors. More Info

Effective Science Instruction: What Does Research Tell Us? 2nd ed. , E Banilower - PDF for download

Synopsis: This brief from the Center on Instruction endeavors to distill the research on science learning to inform a common vision of science instruction and to describe the extent to which K-12 science education currently reflects this vision. A final section on implications for policymakers and science education practitioners describes actions that could integrate the findings from research into science education. This Second Edition of Effective Science Instruction: What Does Research Tell Us? provides more detailed information for users. In addition to updated examples, it describes the schema theory of learning and how each element plays a role in developing conceptual understanding. The summary section notes the overlap between the elements in science instruction. The Center on Instruction hosted a workshop in May 2008 that highlighted the material in this brief. PowerPoint presentations and handouts from this meeting can be downloaded here.

Survey of Engineering: An Introduction to Engineering and Technology for Middle School and Lower High School Grades, A Gomez

Synopsis: New introduction to engineering for middle school and early high school grades. Excellent first introduction to engineering. Standards-based. Dozens of hands-on projects for students. Teaches core skills which can aid students in classroom and career. More Info

Integrating Instruction in Science: Strategies, Activities, Projects, Tools and Techniques, I Forte

Synopsis: All learners will develop a broader understanding of science using this valuable resource. The exciting ready-to-reproduce-and-use science investigation cards encourage active learning. Students master scientific concepts through exploration and discovery and teachers have access to practical cooperative learning techniques and planning calendars. More Info

Properties of Matter: Science and Technology Concepts for Middle Schools Student Guide and Source Book, Smithsonian

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Eyewitness: Electronics, R Bridgman

Grade level: 3-7

Synopsis: We live in a world made possible by electronic technology -- and Eyewitness Electronics is the perfect way to learn more about it! Discover what the first transistor looked like; what goes on inside telephones, TVs, and computers; and how the binary system works. Superb full-color photographs of original equipment, scientific instruments, and 3-D models make this book a compelling look at electronics.

Eyewitness: Force & Motion, P Lafferty

Grade level: 3-7

Synopsis: Force and motion have changed our view of the universe -- and Eyewitness Force & Motion is the perfect way to learn more about them! Discover how Archimedes made water run uphill; why a perpetual motion machine cannot be built; why a spinning top stays upright. Superb full-color photographs of original equipment, 3-D models, and ground-breaking experiments make this a compelling look at force and motion.

Eyewitness: Light, D Burnie

Grade level: 3-7

Synopsis: A spectacular, thought-provoking, and highly informative guide to the fascinating story of light. Superb full-color photography of original equipment, intricate scientific instruments, revealing experiments, and 3-D models offers a unique "eyewitness" view to the incredible discoveries that have transformed our world. See why ancient peoples worshipped the Sun as a god, how light rays bend, why things glow when they are very hot, what creates a color television picture, how microscopes and telescopes were invented, why a leaf looks green, and much, much more!

Eyewitness: Matter, C Cooper

Grade level: 3-7

Synopsis: Sharp, seemingly three-dimensional photos and intricate drawings accompany skillfully distilled texts that explain complex scientific principles and issues without oversimplifying them. The respective volumes identify the basic properties of light; the sources and use of electricity; the laws of force, energy and motion; and the various kinds of matter. In each large-format book, pictures and text work together to offer a lucid chronicle of pertinent experiments, discoveries and inventions from ancient times to the present.

Issues, Evidence and You: Science Education for Public Understanding Program, University of California at Berkeley

Grade level: 3-7

Synopsis: The seventh grade science program is based on the National Science Foundation supported "Issues, Evidence, and You," a middle school science program written by the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley, as part of SEPUP, Science Education for Public Understanding Program. This program provides experiences in making evidence-based decisions about personal, community-based, and global issues. It promotes the use of scientific principles, processes, and evidence in public decision-making, and helps individuals more effectively make their own decisions as contributing members of a democratic society. Middle school students are at an age in which many important, long-term decisions are made that affect their individual health, and it is hoped that experience in evidence-based decision making will help them make wise choices.

Elementary Science

Forces and Motion, Delta Education

Synopsis: In the Delta Science Content Reader "Forces and Motion", students learn about forces such as pushes and pulls, friction, gravity, and magnetic force. Students also learn about ways to describe and measure motion, including speed, velocity, and acceleration. They learn that all motion and every motion is caused by a force! More Info

What's Smaller than a Pygmy Shrew, RE Wells

Synopsis: A pygmy shrew is among the tiniest of mammals. In this presentation that goes from small to infinitesimal, Wells compares the size of a tiny animal (a pygmy shrew) to an insect (a ladybug), which is in turn contrasted with one-celled animals, bacteria, molecules, atoms, and sub-atomic particles. Bright, colorful cartoons and a text that looks like hand lettering in a variety of fonts are jauntily arranged across the pages. Readers are encouraged to try to imagine being the sizes of the creatures under discussion. More Info

Science & Math Enrichment: Activities for Primary Grades, E Stull

Synopsis: Hundreds of exciting activities to relate science and math topics to all areas of your curriculum - including over 160 reproducible activity pages you can photocopy for immediate use.

Crime Lab Chemistry Teacher's Guide Grades 4-8, LHS Gems

Synopsis: In this updated forensic science primer, student detectives use paper chromatography to investigate solubility, pigments and separation of mixtures to solve a mystery. Teachers can use this unit to draw upon students' interest in and enthusiasm for solving mysteries to convey important scientific concepts, methods and techniques. Several mystery scenarios are suggested, and teachers can create their own. Teachers will find new activities more clearly aligned with standards.

K-6 Module Summaries, FOSS, Full Option Science System

Synopsis: None

Learning Science in Informal Environments, National Research Council

Synopsis: Informal science is a burgeoning field that operates across a broad range of venues and envisages learning outcomes for individuals, schools, families, and society. The evidence base that describes informal science, its promise, and effects is informed by a range of disciplines and perspectives, including field-based research, visitor studies, and psychological and anthropological studies of learning.

Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8, National Research Council

Synopsis:What is science for a child? How do children learn about science and how to do science? Drawing on a vast array of work from neuroscience to classroom observation, Taking Science to School provides a comprehensive picture of what we know about teaching and learning science from kindergarten through eighth grade. By looking at a broad range of questions, this book provides a basic foundation for guiding science teaching and supporting students in their learning.

Student Research

730 Easy Science Experiments with Everyday Materials, Churchill

Synopsis: With "730 Easy Science Experiments" you can discover the answers to all of your questions about science using materials available at home. More Info

Biology Experiments for Children, Hanauer

Synopsis: Over 100 illustrations showing cells, how to use a microscope, plant life and animals. There are also experiments involving growing protozoa, bacteria, and more! More Info

Students and Research: Practical Strategies for Science Classrooms and Competitions, JH Cothron

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Service-Learning: Engineering in Your Community, M Lima

Synopsis: This exciting new Service-Learning textbook will help you teach integrated engineering design within a socially beneficial context. It can be used as a principal text or as a supplemental resource for addressing the service-learning component of either freshman design courses or upper level capstone design projects. More Info.

Physics For Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments in Motion, Heat, Light, Machines, and Sound, J VanCleave

Synopsis: In Physics for Every Kid, you'll learn about gravity from funnels that seem to defy nature by rolling up hill. Using a balloon as a power source, you'll make a fluorescent light bulb glow and learn how electrons are used to produce light. And you'll levitate a Ping-Pong ball to understand aerodynamics. Each of the 101 experiments is broken down into its purpose, a list of materials, step-by-step instructions, expected results, and an easy to understand explanation. Every activity has been pretested and can be performed safely and inexpensively in the classroom or at home. More Info.

Success with Science: The Winners' Guide to High School Research, S Gaglani

Synopsis: Do you want to develop useful skills, gain admission to top colleges, win scholarship money, excel at science competitions, and explore career options all while having fun? By reading this book and using the advice within it, you will learn how to formulate a research project idea, find people who can help you complete it, effectively present it to diverse audiences, and participate successfully in research competitions. Whether you are a freshman rookie with a vague interest in science or a senior veteran striving for first place at the Science Talent Search, this guide will help you make the most of your research experience. With its testimonials from high school students whose lives were positively changed by their research experiences, this guide also aims to motivate and empower students who otherwise would not pursue science and research opportunities More Info.

Hands-On Physics Activities with Real-Life Applications, Dr. Gold-Dworkin

Synopsis: This comprehensive collection of nearly 200 investigations, demonstrations, mini-labs, and other activities uses everyday examples to make physics concepts easy to understand. For quick access, materials are organized into eight units covering Measurement, Motion, Force, Pressure, Energy & Momentum, Waves, Light, and Electromagnetism. Each lesson contains an introduction with common knowledge examples, reproducible pages for students, a "To the Teacher" information section, and a listing of additional applications students can relate to. Over 300 illustrations add interest and supplement instruction. More Info.

Little Scientists: Fun with Mixing and Chemistry, J Cunningham, N Herr

Synopsis: Helps kids discover the scientific principles behind things that bounce, mix, stick, and otherwise react in chemical ways. More Info.


Nanotechnology Demystified, L Williams

Synopsis: Ever wonder how they make tiny machines? The booming field of nanotechnology is all about building highly advanced super-small machines and devices from the ground up. Nanotechnology Demystified provides you with everything you need to know about the many biological, chemical, physical, environmental, and political aspects of nanotechnology. There's no faster, easier way to enhance your knowledge of this up-and-coming branch of science where little doesn't mean less, it means more: more super-small devices, more jobs, more research opportunities for you. More Info

Nanotechnology: Science, Innovation, and Opportunity, L Foster

Synopsis: Edited by a key industry advisor, this book covers the latest in nanotech science, technology, and applications. You'll meet the key players, and discover nanotech at work in fields ranging from drug delivery to energy efficiency. Here are the opportunities, the challenges, and the implications: all you need to know about today's nanotech business—and tomorrow's. Coverage includes:

  • how the convergence of nanoscale science foreshadows revolutionary societal change,
  • technical and business obstacles that still challenge the industry,
  • the evolving roles of entrepreneurs, universities, and the U.S. government,
  • key application areas: materials, microelectronics, sensors, energy, and beyond, and
  • the ethics of nanotechnology More Info
Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea, M Ratner

Synopsis: In Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea, nanotech pioneer Mark Ratner and tech entrepreneur Daniel Ratner show how nanotech works, what's new, what's next, and why nanotech may be the next $1 trillion industry. They survey every area of R&D: nanobots, quantum and DNA computing, nanosensors, biostructures, neuro-electronic interfaces, molecular motors, and much more. Simple, brief, and nearly math-free, this is the perfect briefing on nanotech technology and business for every non-technical reader. More Info

Nanotechnology: Science on the Edge, D Maddox

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Principles of Bio-Nanotechnolgy: Lessons from Nature, D Goodsell

Synopsis: Bionanotechnology encompasses the study, creation, and illumination of the connections between structural molecular biology and molecular nanotechnology. Goodsell (Department of Molecular Biology, The Scripps Research Institute) delivers an accessible overview of the field, showing how lessons learned from biology can be applied to nanotechnology. Featuring two-color illustrations by the author, the book begins by examining the properties of the natural nanomachines found in living cells. Later chapters look at the structure and function of natural nanomachines for guidance in building nanomachinery. Material on applications surveys bionanotechnological tools and techniques that are currently in development. More Info

Nanotechnology, RL Johnson

Synopsis: Part of the 'Cool Science' series, this book is dedicated to the topic of nanotechnology. Middle grade readers are introduced to nanotechnology in five chapters that include an overview of the topic, tools that will come from the technology, the nanofuture, and nanobots. Each chapter is dense with text, with one picture or diagram per page. Fun facts describing important scientists and milestones in the development of the technology are scattered throughout the chapters. The first two chapters go into detail on the science of nanotechnology, discussing atoms and molecules and how they can be manipulated. These chapters will satisfy those readers looking for a scientific explanation of the technology. The majority of the book describes interesting ways nanotechnology could be used in the future, such as in toothbrushes that diagnose illness, elevators into space, and walls that change color with the touch of a button. Not only will students find the subject of nanotechnology fascinating, but the book will also raise questions that will encourage discussions in and out of the classroom. More Info

Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology, E Drexler

Synopsis: This brilliant work heralds the new age of nanotechnology, which will give us thorough and inexpensive control of the structure of matter. Drexler examines the enormous implications of these developments for medicine, the economy, and the environment, and makes astounding yet well-founded projections for the future. More Info


Scanning Electron Microscopy: A Students Handbook, Postek; Howard; Johnson; McMichael

Synopsis: "Standards" offers a vision of scientific literacy, describing what all students should understand and be able to do.

Fundamentals of Light Microscopy and Electronic Imaging, Murphy

Synopsis: Over the last decade, advances in the science field and technology have profoundly changed the face of light microscopy. Research scientists need to learn new skills in order to use a modern research miscroscopeskills such as how to align miscroscope optics and perform image processing. This book explores the basics of microscope design and use. More Info

Super Vision: A New View of Nature, I Amato

Synopsis: What does nature really look like? Today, aided by the wizardry of modern scientific imaging instruments, we are able to see far more of the physical world than we ever dreamed possible. These devices can discern millions of invisible colors, look back in cosmic time some 14 billion years, peer behind and within seemingly opaque borders such as skin and bone, and capture events that last a mere trillionth of a second. Looking through their eyes, we have acquired powers far more potent than Superman's X-ray vision: the powers of Super Vision. From microscopes to telescopes, from magnetic-field detectors to chemical mapping probes, today's instruments make possible an entirely new view of nature. Super Vision is a comprehensive showcase of 200 breathtaking scientific images that span the world of phenomena from subatomic particles to the incomprehensibly vast structure of the universe. More Info

Heaven and Earth: Unseen by the Naked Eye, D Malin

Synopsis: Through the lens of a microscope or the shaft of a telescope exists a universe of life and beauty that is unknown to many. Hidden from the naked eye, atoms, crystals, grains of pollen, snowflakes, cloud formations, searing comets and showers of stars are born, live and die. Heaven And Earth charts an awe-inspiring journey through the infinite world of science - from the smallest particles on the earth's surface to tiny dots in galaxies light years away. Presented in sequence according to scale and distance, fragments of nature are captured and photographed through microscopes, magnifying glasses, X-rays, telescopes, satellites, and radio waves. More Info

Microcosmos: Discovering the World Through Microscopic Images, B Broll

Synopsis: 205 spectacular full-color images using scanning electron microscopy are used to explore everyday life. Includes informative captions and clear, accessible text the book is organized into six sections.More Info

Transmission Electron Microscopy Part 1: Basics, D Williams, C Carter

Synopsis: This profusely illustrated text on Transmission Electron Microscopy provides the necessary instructions for successful hands-on application of this versatile materials characterization technique. The new edition also includes an extensive collection of questions for the student, providing approximately 800 self-assessment questions and over 400 questions suitable for homework assignment.More Info