Bioengineering: Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs with 25 Projects

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Nomad Press (VT)
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8.0 X 0.5 X 10.1 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Dr. Christine Burillo-Kirch earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has conducted scientific research in bacteriology and immunology for 12 years and has been published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals. The author of Microbes: Discover an Unseen World from Nomad Press, Christine lives in Cary, North Carolina. Alexis Cornell is a graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.


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"This resource guide contains a wealth of information and challenging activities for budding scientists. It provides nature projects that can easily be implemented . . . A good choice for science collections."

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++: Highly Recommended
The book Bioengineering, Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs by Christine Burillo-Kirch, PhD is written for a young audience but it is still an engaging and easy to read book for anyone to learn about the field of Bioengineering. With colorful drawings to represent the material, it first takes the reader through an introductory chapter that delineates specific examples of how bioengineering started and what it encompasses as a science. The chapters that follow focus on everyday subject areas where bioengineering makes our lives better. Throughout the book, the reader can find panels with engaging stories on each subject with hint words and a QR code to guide the reader to a video related to the story. Questions around the book prompt and motivate the reader to use nature for inspiration to design solutions to current problems and to find bioengineering in their daily lives. At the end, each chapter has a hands-on activity section that involves the creation of complex structures with simple materials that will make any student feel and think like an engineer. This book is a fantastic resource for getting children or adults excited about science and bioengineering!

School Library Connection "Breaking down the complex topic of bioengineering into a kid-friendly format is a tough challenge, and Dr. Christine Burillo-Kirch does a fine job of doing just that. . . The text and comic style illustrations support science and STEM curriculum and projects while keeping it relatable and simple for budding scientists. The 25 projects, complete with supply lists and step-by-step directions, give students and teachers guidelines for meaningful projects and activities to extend learning and spark critical thinking Recommended."

This Kid Reviews Books Blog: ". . . This is a really nice introduction to bioengineering and its major ideas. The text is not overly complicated which is amazing because of the complex topics it is covering. . . Kids and teachers will like reading this book! I give this book five out of five bookworms!"