Inquire & Investigate Series by Nomad Press

“One of the best ways to get kids excited about STEM is to show them how every aspect of daily life is intrinsically connected to science and technology. The reliable Inquire and Investigate series takes on this task by offering titles brimming with information...”-Booklist Series Nonfiction Showcase

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The Chemistry of Food

Why does tomato sauce taste different from fresh tomatoes? Why does pasta go limp when you cook it in boiling water? What makes ice cream melt?

What better place to learn the fundamentals of chemistry than in the kitchen? In The Chemistry of Food, kids learn the science behind the food they love to eat as they explore the chemistry within the meal, how nutrition works, what creates flavor, and why texture is important. This book offers detailed explanations of five ways chemistry is part of the food they eat.

Hands-on, science-minded investigations, links to online resources and media, career connections, and text-to-world questions all create a delicious learning experience. Plus recipes!

Try these hands-on chemistry projects!

  • Use salt and ice to make ice cream

  • Discover what food additives are in your kitchen

  • Find out how starches work

  • Solve the mystery behind the color of cola

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Global Citizenship

Engage in the Politics of a Changing World

The right to grow and thrive in a safe environment.
The right to a name and an identity. The right to the free expression of ideas. The right to an education.
These are just a few of the basic human rights guaranteed to children all around the world.

Global citizens work for and defend these rights, not just for themselves, but for everyone on the planet. What can kids do to protect and promote rights equality, within and beyond their own communities? In Global Citizenship: Engage in the Politics of a Changing World, readers ages 12 to 15 discover the resources and information they need to become informed and act to support human rights issues of global concern. Plus, kids read mini biographies about real people performing meaningful work on human rights issues today.

Global Citizenship includes investigative activities and research projects that encourage critical and creative thinking skills, along with graphic novel–style illustrations, amazing photography from around the world, and links to online resources.

Try these hands-on investigative projects!

  • Find out which clothing brands violate human rights laws

  • Research truth and reconciliation commissions

  • Analyze the Paris Climate Agreement

  • Explore World Heritage sites

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The Science of Natural Disasters: When Nature and Humans Collide

Have you heard news reports about wildfires in California? Have you ever had a flood in your town? Have you ever been in a tornado?

The Science of Natural Disasters: When Nature and Humans Collide examines the science behind earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires, using historical and current events as case studies, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the floods in China in 1931, and the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815, which led to what is now called the “year without a summer.”

Natural Disasters may be changing, but they aren’t going away, and Earth science is extremely relevant for our future. In The Science of Natural Disasters, science-minded STEM activities encourage young readers to think like scientists while critical thinking exercises, essential questions, fascinating facts, links to online resources, and more encourage readers to explore the ever-evolving dynamics of this incredible planet.

Try these hands-on science projects!

  • Engineer hurricane resistant cities

  • Explore twisters in popular culture

  • Assess the flood risk of the town where you live

  • Report on a natural disaster that is taking place right now