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The Science and Technology of Marie Curie (Build It Yourself)

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Is this book about a real woman in STEAM?

Date Release: June 15, 2021

A science biography that delves into the world of Marie Curie, a person who revolutionized the way we perceive the universe while getting the world to question gender roles and social norms. Follow in her footsteps with hands-on STEM activities!

In The Science and Technology of Marie Curie, readers ages 9 through 12 explore Curie’s groundbreaking scientific research in physics and chemistry and discover how her work forced people to rethink the very structure of the surrounding world and the role of women within it. Her commitment to understanding things the human eye can’t even see led to the discovery of two new elements―polonium and radium―and to the birth of a new field of research around radioactivity. In the process, she was the first woman to earn a Nobel Prize and the only person ever to win two Nobel Prizes in two different scientific fields, all as she reset society’s ideas about women’s roles in society.

By learning about the work of Marie Curie, kids gain insight into the atomic universe through hands-on STEM activities, essential questions, text-to-world connections, and links to online resources that encourage readers to take a closer look into everything going on around them.

The year 2021 will mark the 110th anniversary of Curie’s receipt of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Projects use materials already in most homes, reimagining and repurposing everyday items, as well as mining the recycling bin.
Projects include Playing Mendeleev’s game of cards, Making a 3-D model of the periodic table, and Computing the half-life of M&Ms.
Make career connections in the fields of engineering, chemistry, medicine, and more!
Addresses disciplinary core ideas (e.g., "Structure and Properties of Matter") and crosscutting concepts (e.g., "Energy and Matter;" "Influence of Engineering, Technology, and Science on Society and the Environment") for NSTA's NGSS curriculum.
Numerous, direct connections to Dimension 2 of the C3 Framework ("History" Grades 3-5), providing opportunities for young readers to explore how a historically significant person evolved in context and engendered both scientific and social change.
Additional materials include a glossary, a list of media for further learning, a selected bibliography, and index.
About the Build It Science Biographies set and Nomad Press
The Science and Technology of Marie Curie is part of a set of three Build It Science Biographies that capture the curiosity of three science revolutionaries who were able to glimpse beyond the limits of human experience and make discoveries that continue to resonate today. Other titles in this set include The Science and Technology of Leonardo da Vinci and The Science and Technology of Ben Franklin.

Nomad Press books in the Build It series integrate content with participation. Combining content with inquiry-based projects stimulates learning and makes it active and alive. Nomad’s unique approach simultaneously grounds kids in factual knowledge while allowing them the space to be curious, creative, and critical thinkers.

All books are leveled for Guided Reading level and Lexile and align with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

All titles are available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook formats.

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Julie Knutson


Michelle Simpson


Nomad Press

Recommended Ages:

9-12 years

Marie Curie

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Girls Love STEAM Review:

Additional Reader & Professional Reviews:

". . .This appealing package will attract browsers and be a boon to student researchers and their teachers."
-- Booklist Starred Review

"The tone is conversational and provokes curiosity over fact mastery and passive consumption. A conscientious examination of the subject that encourages critical thinking, application, and broad perspective."
-- Kirkus Reviews

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