STEM Super Science – Technology and People

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At Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh we continually evaluate the ways we can integrate technology into our libraries and communities to promote literacy and learning. Tech is a powerful learning tool we can use to create art, explore far away places and even get up close to artifacts in museums. We are mindful in our selections and know moderation and creativity are key goals in the use of tech. Because we are always exploring new learning technologies, the Library’s children’s specialists are equipped with the skills and knowledge to help adults and children make the best choices unique to them. The books on this list take a deep dive into the evolution of technology, how things work and thoughtful reflection on our time spent interacting with screens and tech. Check in with a local librarian for resources about screen time, media use and learning toys to pair with these selections.

Little Robot Alone

When Little Robot finds a creative solution to his loneliness he gets straight to work on shaping the perfect companion out of metal, and affectionately names him Little Dog.

How a City Works

An introduction to how a city works describes its water, electricity, transportation, and trash systems, detailing how they all work together to form a functioning infrastructure.

I Can Make Remarkable Robots

Easy-to-follow instructions help kids discover how to make a drawbot, a robotic hand, and a robotic arm. Readers will also learn about vibration, opposable thumbs, and tensionand meet some robotics pioneers.

Frank Einstein and the Space-Time Zipper

Frank Einstein (kid-genius, scientist, and inventor) and his best friend, Watson, along with Klink (a self-assembled artificial-intelligence entity) and Klank (a mostly self-assembled and artificial almost intelligence entity), once again find themselves in competition with T. Edison, their classmate and archrival, this time studying the science and mysteries of the universe.

Timelines of Everything

Explore an illustrated history of the world through timelines for kids. From dinosaurs and Vikings to the history of robots and espionage, discover incredible world history in this lavish collection of timelines.

Unplugged

Blip is always plugged into her computer–until one day a blackout forces her outdoors, and she discovers that the real world is a lot more interesting then she realized.