Animal-Inspired Robots

9781641564571. Koontz, Robin. Nature's Energy. ISBN 9781641564564.ea vol: 48p. (Nature-Inspired Innovations). diag. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Rourke. Jul. 2018. lib. ed. $35.64.
Gr 4–8—This series features "After Reading Suggestions" that are tailored to each title, along with vocabulary lists and extension activities. Readers can enjoy an in-depth exploration of such topics as artificial hearts inspired by a jellyfish, jet engines modeled on the nostrils of peregrine falcons, and a stadium that mimics a bird's nest. Photos of each of these innovations are large and detailed, while the text is concise and presented in easily digestible chunks. Diagrams offer additional information about how echolocation is adapted for canes used by those with vision impairments or how buildings use ventilation modeled on termite mounds. A set of "Show What You Know" questions appears in the back matter for a quick review.
VERDICT Highly recommended for general science or STEAM programs, this series features the latest designs in multiple fields from around the world.

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