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How To Build a Robot (How To) Paperback – November, 2001


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Grade 4-8-These two books are right on target for the intended audience. Robot explains what makes these machines work, their development, inventions that led to robots of today, what the future holds in this field, artificial intelligence, and all about automation in the workplace. The discussion of the advantages of robots is particularly interesting. Their repetitive movements, strength, reliability, and ability to work in all climates and environmental conditions (such as nuclear plants) prove how useful they have become. Neat experiments encourage readers to compare themselves to robots. In Clone, students will learn about what a clone is, facts on fertilization, the search for genes, chromosomes, DNA, ethical and medical issues, and the history of cloning since the 19th century, and get information about scientists involved with these processes. Diagrams enhance the explanations; practical experiments are illustrated and described clearly. Students may learn how to clone a plant or bacteria, or copy DNA. In both books, the cartoon illustrations usually add appeal and information. The covers are juvenile in appearance and may turn off older readers who would benefit from the texts. Still, the titles are useful for report writers and will appeal to general readers.
Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: How To... (Paperback Franklin Watts)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Watts (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531139972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531139974
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,282,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of over 120 books for children and adults. These range from the serious (Refugees, Robots, Planet Under Pressure: Pollution, Spies and Spying) and sporty (with books on the Olympics, football and tennis) to the downright silly (Pants Attack, Kelly's Smelly Wellies, The Huge Rude Duke).

Clive has travelled through 70 countries, run a computer games company and taken part in all manner of sports from parachuting and gliding to Ultimate Frisbee (he was top scorer at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg back in the nineties).

His books have been shortlisted for the TES Information Book of the Year and the British Book Awards as well as winning Smithsonian, Children's Choice, NAPPA and PBS awards. Sir Ranulph Fiennes called his latest book on Explorers, "An inspiration to all adventurers." whilst The Guardian declared that his Kingfisher Book Of Football "was worth a season's training" and the Manchester Evening News labelled it "The classiest football book around."

Clive's official website can be found at www.clivegifford.co.uk

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Fung on April 30, 2003
Format: Library Binding
I got it as my 9-years birthday gift. I donated to my school library. One cannot build a real robot based on this book alone. It teaches different ways to do robot expirements.
I love it!!!!
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