SYNOPSIS:A complete history of the mastermind, Nikola Tesla for Kids helps young readers understand the greatness of Tesla while learning various scientific concepts through experiments and activities. Tesla’s life was marked by several achievements—his AC polyphase system and his contributions to electrical engineering forever changed the world—but often his ideas were too advanced for society to welcome. Despite disagreements with employers, rivalries with other scientists and personal struggles, Tesla’s eccentricity and imagination never failed to shine through. From the author of Marie Curie for Kids, this book offers 21 fun activities for children to explore science and history through the lens of Tesla’s inventions such as: making a soda bottle submarine, designing a flying machine and building an electric current. In addition, Nikola Tesla for Kids provides resources for readers to learn more about Tesla’s life and STEM careers.
MY THOUGHTS:Besides the fact that I am thrilled to see a new, fresh autobiography for school-age children, this book encourages them to branch out. Reading of Tesla’s ability to think outside-the box and fearless determination, shows children that it’s okay to pursue their dreams. The next Tesla is out there and needs to know that he or she is capable. His work was impacted by his world. Those students who have had an uphill battle, academically or otherwise, need to know that they aren’t alone and that great names in STEM hardly had it easy.
Too often we find biographies that gloss over the trials in favor of the triumphs, doing a great disservice to the subject of the biography. Few people worth writing about sailed through life. They overcame, rose above, and tossed aside public opinion. Hopefully, while readers are inspired by the genius of Tesla, they will also pay attention to the life he led.
This is a definite 5 star book. Perfect for book reports, STEM classes, and independent reading, I’d recommend it for homeschool & brick-and-mortar libraries.
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