Today I would like to tell you some facts about space. The earth spins around at a rate of 1670km/h that’s 3 times faster than the fastest train. It also orbits the Sun at a steady 107,000km/h.
If you want to be an astronaut you must be able to speak and read Russian. you have to be able to swim. You must be 157 to 190.5cm tall. You must be trained in wildness survive. You need a university degree in science or mathematics. You have to be able to pilot a jet plane.
The ancient Maya were expert astronomers. They could predict cyclical movement of the Sun, Moon, Stars and Planets. The Maya discovered that the start of the 365-day earth year coincided with the start of 584-day Venus cycle once every eight years. The Maya would have considered this a good time to raid arrival city.
I have learnt those things from this book. This book is very interesting.
Reviewed by Akane from Karori and Thorndon School , 5 years old
This book is very interesting. Let me tell you some facts. The solar system is 800,000km/h(5000,000mph). There are 10 million superclusters in the universe. This means 100 billion galaxies, bringing the total number of stars to well over 10,000,000,000,000,000,000.000. The Milky Way is made up of at least 200 billion stars. From one side of the earth, it’s only possible to see millions of stars with a had telescope. Ten large objects the space between Mars and Jupiter were discovered in the 1800s.
Scientist have learnt much more about what happened during most of the first second of time but what happened during the very first 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 second ( that’s 24 zeroes after the decimal point0 is a still big mystery. The first astronauts were fruit flies in 1947. Lunched to a height of 109km (68 miles) in V-2 rocket, they were recovered alive. Scientist think that astronomer Frank Drake equation is a useful starting place. Here’s how it works; R*x fp x ne x fl x fi x fc = N
More than a million earths could fit in the sun. If you see look in the sun directly it can damage your eyes.
In my country Japan people think rabbits live in the moon, if you see the moon. Mum said that’s romantic to try to find a rabbit in the moon.
Nobody gone beyond the moon. 536 have reached space. 216 have been to the internal space. 24 have flown around the moon. 12 have walked on the moon.
A wormhole could sack you a million years later.
It would take 1,500 lifetimes to travel to the sun’s nearest star.
If you discover a comet it will be named after you.
I have learnt so many things about space which is awesome.
Reviewed by Aoi from Karori and Thorndon School , 8 years old
How we got to now is a very informative book about 6 innovations that made the modern world what it is today. These innovations are glass, cold, sound, clean, time, and light. I learnt a lot from reading these books and the chapters were written in such a way that you could read one and leave it for a while. I recommend this book to children 10+.
Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old
This is a brilliant book about how 6 innovations changed our world. For example, did you know that the ability to control cold has affected politics? While this book was a bit hard going in places, I enjoyed learning about these innovations.
Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 9 years old
Hey Kids! Christmas and the end of 2018 is just around the corner. Check out the latest new non fiction books about upcoming movies and books that will get your unleash your inner builder and engineer.
“There’s a new Spider-Man on the block! Meet Miles Morales, a teenage Spider-Man with super powers as spectacular as his predecessor Peter Parker! Discover everything you ever wanted to know about his astonishing costume, loyal allies and frightening enemies. Find out about his amazing origin story and his fiercest clashes as you learn how he juggles high school life with his status as a Super Hero. Marvel Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: The Official Guide will cover all of the movie’s memorable characters, plus key locations, themes and fun facts from the movie in DK’s lively and informative non-fiction style.” — ONIX annotation.
Provides a guide to the superheroes and archvillains of the DC universe, featuring such characters as Superman, Batman, Cyborg, Darkseid, Brainiac, John Constantine, and the Joker.
The infographic design of each spectacularly illustrated, double-page feature gives readers a totally new slant on the DC Comics Universe and its super-powered heroes and villains, fantastic weapons, futuristic technology, strange planets, exotic places, and alternate worlds. The punchy, accessible text incorporates key data, fun facts, lists, quotes, and amazing stats, spanning 80 years of DC Comics Super Hero thrills.Information is presented in exciting box styles and illustrated with DC Comics artwork. Themed boxes capture the essence of characters or topics by pinpointing their most unforgettable aspects.
Discover Superman’s strangest powers and Batman’s top death-defying escapes! Find out who wins when Wonder Woman and Cheetah go head to head. Check out The Joker’s best and worst days! Learn the greatest secrets of Aquaman’s undersea kingdom Atlantis! Explore the darkest corners of Arkham Asylum and Apokolips!
These and many more eye-popping revelations and strange, intriguing insights await readers of DC Comics: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know–a book that will inform, delight, and enthrall DC Comics fans of all ages.
Check out the trailer to latest movie from the DC universe, and member of the Justice League: Aquaman.
Rockport’s creative engineering extraordinaire, Lance Akiyama, returns again with Zoom, Fly Bolt, Blast STEAM Engineer and 18 STEAM approved projects to get kids doing, thinking, and building!– Provided by publisher.
This book has got lots of intresting content. It gives you information about the planets and stars. I always knew there were lots of stars but there is actually more then anyone could ever imagine! The only thing the Alex Frith (the author) could of done better in was the layout I think he could of done a better job of making it seem more intresting in the formmat.
I recomend this book for those who love space and want to learn more!
Reviewed by Helena from Miramar and Holy Cross School , 10 years old
“Sir Peter Blake’s life was filled with adventures. During his 30-year career on the ocean, he sailed around the globe, won the world’s most famous races and broke records. Even his red socks became a national sensation. But no matter how many trophies Peter won, he always knew the survival of our planet was more important”–Publisher information. In picture book format.
“In this creative project book, STEAM educator Sam Haynor unleashes silly beasts that jump, fly, spin, shake, light up, and even spit. Some creatures are united by their circuits and wires while others are built with more common craft materials. Step by step photos accompany each project. Perfectly safe and fun for younger kids working with adults, most projects can also be tackled by middle-graders with minimal adult help.”
This fascinating book features 30 young women who accomplished remarkable things before their twentieth birthdays. Visually compelling with original illustrations, this book will inspire the next generation of strong, fearless women.. — Amazon.com.
“With Build Your Own Chain Reaction Machines, you’ll create twelve zany and awesome mechanical contraptions using stuff from around the house.”– Provided by publisher.
Overall, a fantastic book filled with great ideas to keep kids amused, enhance their creative and innovative side. Loved the activities for making your own light switcher, door opener and plant waterer. A librarians choice all the way!
“Stories about Kiwi men who followed their dreams and made the world a better place. An inspiring and essential storybook for children of all ages, grown-ups included. Stories featured in this book are of Billy T. James, Bret McKenzie, Bruce McLaren, Edmund Hillary, Ernest Rutherford, Fred Hollows, Jemaine Clement, Jonah Lomu, Kelly Tarlton, Liam Malone, Neil Finn, Peter Jackson, Richie McCaw, Steven Adams, Taika Waititi, Willie Apiata, Witi Ihimaera and others”–Publisher information. A book that boys must get their hands on!
It’s time to build, create, educate and innovate with the latest junior non fiction books. With STEAM, (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), learning on the rise, these book are perfect to inspire play and interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathmatics and coding and help kids develop the skills needed to do well in education, designing, problem solving and teamwork. Also featured in the post are books about public speaking, presentation skills, stories about heroes for boys, and the official guide to the Disney and Pixars 2004 film: The Incredibles.
Now kids can combine a love for LEGO with learning STEAM topics (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) in this awesomely fun activity book! Industrious minds will love learning to build a bunch of different stuff with these 20 step-by-step projects that range from beginner projects, such as a geo-board and DIY slime, to more challenging projects, such as a bird feeder and balloon racer. Large, full-colour photos show each step along the way, with simple instructions and inspiration to extend projects and keep learning. With STEAM learning on the rise, this book is the perfect way to inspire play and interest in the topics kids need to know about!
“The creative projects in STEAM Lab for Kids are designed to demonstrate that there’s math and science to be found in great art! From rubber bands to edible stained glass, young engineers and artists alike will find inspiration in these 52 art-forward labs.” — Back cover.
Disney and Pixar’s lovable characters, The Increidbles are back and better than ever!
“Discover everything you wanted to know about brave superheroes, dastardly villains and cool vehicles from Incredibles 2, the awesome new sequel to Disney-Pixar’s smash hit movie, The Incredibles. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the Parr family and their old friend Frozone must find a way to work together again – which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible. This book covers all the memorable and ever-popular characters, plus key locations, themes and iconic moments from the movie.” — Amazon.com.
Preschoolers will love tackling these 20 fun, easy-to-follow step-by-step projects as they learn about STEAM topics (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). Topics include symmetry and how light bounces to create reflections with mirror mandalas, diffusion and capillary action with tie dye towels, structural framing and bracing with marshmallow structures, and electrical currents with salty circuits. This cross-subject approach to learning will prepare young children for the subjects they will soon learn in elementary school and beyond. Each project features simple instructions and large, full-color photos, to make each one enjoyable and fun for both kids and parents.
A hands-on introduction to coding that teaches you how to program bots to do cool things in the game you love–Minecraft! This book takes you through Step-by-step coding projects and will show you how to write programs that automatically dig mines, collect materials, craft items, and build anything that you can imagine. Along the way, you’ll explore key computer science concepts like data types, functions, variables, and more. Bonus activities in each chapter will help you take your coding skills to the next level. By the end of the book, you’ll understand how powerful coding can be and have plenty of robots at your beck and call.
Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different offers a welcome alternative narrative. It is an extraordinary compilation of 100 stories of famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and innovator in his own way, and all going on to achieve amazing things. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dalí, Rimbaud, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Stormzy, Ai Weiwei and Jesse Owens – different sorts of heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.
Hi Kids! Check four latest new non fiction added to the children’s collections. Read all about dragon and other fascinating creatures, ways you can create minecraft projects with household items, how a writer overcame difficulty and challenges to becoming a successful author of a timeless children’s classic and how girls can become more confident! Great books to read during the winter season!
“In Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids, you’ll find a collection of creative projects that make learning science, technology, engineering, and math exciting and fun for the whole family. Start with a Minecraft lesson that gets beginners up to speed on terminology and gameplay. Then venture off on six action-packed Quests, each with four unique Labs that pair a hands-on activity with an in-game project. Look to the sky, dig beneath the ground, explore cycles in science, and engineer solutions to design challenges! Learn to document your Lab activities with sketchnoting, and how to screencast and narrate videos to share with family, friends, and other Minecrafters. Enjoy Minecraft together–and harness its powerful potential for learning–with Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids”– Provided by publisher.
Overall, the coolest book to date, that encompasses all the elements of STEM concepts that will help kids get the necessary skills to go far in the future, while having fun at the same time with elements of Minecraft.
An illustrated collection of poems about dragons and other fantastic creatures by a variety of authors, combined with Carle’s artistic illustrations that beautifully capture the descriptions embedded within the poems.
Read all about the life of Madeleine L’Engle, famous writer and author of timeless classic, A Wrinkle in Time from her lonely childhood, financial insecurity, and countless rejections of her writing–and eventual triumph. A inspirational book to read and ideal for fans of L’Engle’s writing or anyone want to become a writer.
“Girls can rule the world– all they need is confidence. This empowering, entertaining guide from the bestselling authors of The Confidence Code gives girls the essential yet elusive code to becoming bold, brave, and fearless. It’s a paradox familiar to parents everywhere: girls are achieving like never before, yet they’re consumed with doubt on the inside. Girls worry constantly about how they look, what people think, whether to try out for a sports team or school play, why they aren’t getting “perfect” grades, and how many likes and followers they have online. Katty Kay and Claire Shipman use cutting-edge science and research, as well as proven methods of behavioral change, to reach girls just when they need it the most– the tween and teen years. Packed with graphic novel strips; appealing illustrations; fun lists, quizzes, and challenges; and true stories from tons of real girls, The Confidence Code for Girls teaches girls to embrace risk, deal with failure, and be their most authentic selves”–Amazon.com.
Spin a Sphero, make music, code a cart, and rock with a robot!
You get to be the engineer, architect, or scientist at your local library during the school holidays. Have a go at the latest programmable toys, gadgets and robots, and get creative with Lego and coding games. Open to all ability levels.
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 17th April, 10.30am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 18th April, 10.30am
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 19th April, 10.30am
Karori Library: Friday 20th April, 2.30pm
Johnsonville Library: Monday 23rd April. 2.30pm
Newtown Library: Tuesday 24th April, 10.30am
Khandallah Library: Thursday 26th April, 10.30am
Central Library: Friday 27th April, 10.30am
These free events are for children aged 6+ and run for 1 hour. No need to book – just turn up!
There are eight different robot and coding events happening across Wellington City Libraries during the school holidays. Contact your library to find out more. Follow the our Facebook page or check back on this blog for updates.