From gecko feet to... adhesive tape (Innovations From Nature) (#0511JM3)

by Mara, Wil

2 reviews & awards | 2 full-text reviews

Paperback Cherry Lake Publishing, 2014
Price: USD 10.05
Description: 32 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm.
Dewey: 668; Int Lvl: 5-8; Rd Lvl: 5.8
AR 6.2 MG 1 166986EN; RC 7.5 5; LEX 960L


 


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21st Century Skills Innovation Library Series - From airplanes to football helmets, some of the greatest inventions of all time have been based on the natural abilities of plants and animals. Readers will learn how some of history's most imaginative inventors were inspired by nature and how their incredible creations continue to improve our lives today.

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Overview
From Follett

Includes bibliographical references (page 31) and index.;A sticky situation -- The missing link -- The bigger picture -- Today and tomorrow -- Minds at work. Explains that technological innovations often are inspired by nature, and describes how scientists are experimenting with the development of adhesive materials based on the gecko's feet.

From the Publisher
Learn about how nature has inspired technological innovations with this book on the similarities between gecko feet and a new adhesive tape. Integrating both historical and scientific perspectives, this book explains how gecko feet inspired the invention of an adhesive. Readers will make connections and examine the relationship between the two concepts. Sidebars, photographs, a glossary, and a concluding chapter on important people in the field add detail and depth to this informational text on biomimicry.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2014
  • Format: Paperback
  • Series: 21st century skills innovation library. Innovations from nature
  • Dewey: 668
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 32 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm.
  • ISBN-10: 1-62431-758-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-62431-758-3
  • LCCN: 2013-030375
  • Follett Number: 0511JM3
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 5.8
  • ATOS Book Level: 6.2
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 1
  • AR Quiz: 166986EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 7.5
  • Reading Counts Points: 5
  • Lexile: 960L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 04/15/14
  • School Library Journal, 08/01/14

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (April 15, 2014 (Vol. 110, No. 16))
Grades 4-7. The Innovations from Nature series explores how researchers take ideas from plants and animals and turn them into projects with practical applications. Each book looks at one aspect of nature and the inventive work it has inspired. The text is usually clear, short, and to the point. With colorful photos and page design as well as plenty of white space, the books are inviting. From Gecko Feet discusses the gecko’s remarkable climbing ability. Studies of the setae (tiny hairs), the motion, and the tendons of geckos’ feet are leading to the development of new adhesives. Each book concludes with a chapter highlighting the work of a few significant researchers in the field. Short but intriguing books on biomimicry.

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