STEM for Science Saturday: Nanotechnology

Super Gear: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up

Super Gear:  Nanotechnology and SportsHow are the sports played by Michael Phelps, Serena Williams, Michelle Wie, and Usain Bolt related? Nanotechnology!

Engineers manipulate nanoparticles – so small that they can’t be seen without a special microscope – to invent new materials with astonishing properties. This is the cutting-edge science of nanotechnology, and it’s being used in the world of sports to create all sorts of equipment for enhancing performance, from high-tech swimsuits, to tennis rackets, golf clubs, running shoes, and more.

Jennifer Swanson’s teaching background along wtih her passions for science and sports combine in this excellent introduction to a complex scientific topic, perfectly suited for middle-grade readers. With dynamic full-color photographs and sidebars throughout and in-depth back matter, including a glossary, bibliography, list of resources, and an index, Swanson rounds out her engrossing close-up look at teh intersection of high-performance sports and the ever-evolving science of nanotechnology.

Take a close-up look at sports and nanotechnology, the cutting-edge science that manipulates objects at the atomic level. It is changing the face of sports as we know it.

Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 7

About the Author:
Award-winning author Jennifer Swanson’s love of science began when she started a science club in her garage at the age of 7. While no longer working from the garage, Jennifer’s passion for science resonates in the fascinating 25+ nonfiction and fiction books she has written for children.

Her book, SUPER GEAR: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up (Charlesbridge) was selected as an NSTA Best STEM book for 2017. Jennifer has received awards from the Pennsylvania TriState Young Adult Review Committee and her books in the “How Things Work” series by The Child’s World were named to the 2012 Booklist’s Top 10 Books for Youth: Series Nonfiction. Top reviews include a starred review in Booklist, and recommended reviews from School Librarians Workshop, Library Media Connection, School Library Journal, and the National Science Teacher Association. Jennifer’s new books include releases with National Geographic Kids, Charlesbridge Publishing, and Rosen Publishing.