|Black holes in action : an augmented reality experience (Alternator Books. Space In Action)|
Author: Kurtz, Kevin
Explore new techniques that astronomers use to study black holes and learn about the thrilling discoveries in black hole science, with the help of exciting augmented reality features.
School Library Journal (04/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 Gr 3–6—Titles in this series cover space objects and phenomena, as well as space technology. Whether readers are fascinated by black holes or the inner workings of the International Space Station, the text is engaging. Vivid images capture readers' imagination. Photos and images show planets, astronauts, and technology such as robots, rovers, and rockets. The image captions provide extra information. Glossary terms are found in bold print throughout the text. The use of augmented reality adds to the reading experience by offering sights such as 3-D models of the space station or a 360-degree view of the lunar surface. 1:1 schools especially will make the most of this feature. Links in the back matter provide directions to create 3-D printed models of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Curiosity Rover, and more. VERDICT An excellent purchase to update collections and support makerspaces. - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2020 Here, the awesome spectacle of black holes is used to introduce young astronomers to the fundamentals of astrophysics. Without getting bogged down in technicalities, Kurtz explains concepts such as the electromagnetic spectrum and gravitational waves, illustrating how scientists use existing knowledge, aided by technology, to deduce information about distant black holes. Four brief chapters cover their births, their colossal interactions, and landmark observations. Pages typically contain one paragraph paired with a large photo, set within a dark layout that places readers directly among the stars. Four specific images allow smartphone-wielding students to get a three-dimensional look at celestial interactions through beautiful augmented-reality illustrations. While a foundation in science will help kids fully engage with this material, the focus of the Space in Action series (8 titles) is on building interest, and in that, it's successful. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.