The entanglement of science and politics began long before climate change was labeled “fake news,” and the Space Race began long before Neil Armstrong took his first small step on the moon. The informative and fun book The Space Race: How the Cold War Put Humans on the Moon from Nomad Press helps young people navigate the history, discovery, competition, and excitement that fueled the journey to putting humans on the Moon. The book is aimed at students ages 12-16, but slightly younger children will also enjoy the information.
With a series of connected comic strips that present questions and answers in an understandable manner, “Blast Facts” that provide interesting tidbits that add to the text, and dozens of highlighted sections that invite readers to Inquire and Investigate, the book brings the complicated history and scientific developments together with style and a variety of styles.
From the publisher: By showing space events against the backdrop of the turmoil back on Earth, readers understand that scientific achievement doesn’t happen in a vacuum, even when it happens in space! A wealth of links to primary sources makes this an interactive learning experience while science-minded STEAM activities link the historical and scientific material. Throughout the fun facts, cool photos, and investigative projects, kids are encouraged to explore creative and critical thinking and problem-solving strategies.
The sections are broken up into chapters that will allow interested students of space to digest the information at their own pace while encouraging them to discover new details through the suggested hands-on activities. In addition, the web page for the book has teacher resources to use alongside the text.
Thanks to the generosity of Nomad Books, Baristanet has a copy of The Space Race to giveaway to one lucky reader. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win by Friday, May 25th at 3 p.m. and we will pick a winner at random. Enter below for your chance!