"Bioengineering" has been chosen as a "NSTA recommends" book!
by Christine Burillo-Kirch
Price at time of review: $17.95 128 pp. Nomad Press White River Junction, VT 2016 ISBN: 9781619303706
Grade Level: 4-7
Reviewed by Olga Hunt Science Coordinator
"I was ready to hear yet again how birds inspired wing design but what I found was much more. This bioengineering book goes from the definition of bioengineering to how it has influenced communication, energy production, household products, architecture, healthy living, clothing and food. This book has something for everyone.
There are 25 hands–on projects to try which use various easy to find items and really help the student to gain a deeper understanding of the science and engineering discussed in the book. Bioengineering is filled with “PS” sections that contain QR codes that take you to anything from primary source documents and additional information to interesting trivia. The book focuses on the scientific and engineering processes involved in the myriad of discoveries discussed within. It contains well drawn diagrams that help to explain complex machines and their functions. The cartoon characters and illustrations are reminiscent of the anime style which appeals to young adults and adolescents.
This book could be used by a teacher with her class when covering biotechnology topics in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or could be used by individual students at the high school and even at the middle school level. The reading level is not too difficult and there is a glossary for all of the technical terms."