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A powerful telescope has discovered a giant object speeding through our solar system. Is it an asteroid? Will its orbit bring it close to Earth? Is there a chance it could one day collide with our planet? It’s time for a team of asteroid hunters to go into action and track the object as it hurtles through space! Get to Work with Science and Technology is a fascinating new series that introduces readers to the real-life applications of STEM subjects. In Asteroid Hunters, readers will meet the scientists who use high-powered telescopes and super computers to watch for dangers from space. Told in a lively narrative style, this book includes firsthand accounts of life as an asteroid hunter, dramatic anecdotes, behind-the-scenes photos, and the coolest facts about asteroids and comets. Readers will also get the chance to try out their space scientist skills with activities that are perfect for science fair projects.

Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction, Great for Hi-Lo Readers, Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2016
Publisher Ruby Tuesday Books
Series Get to Work with Science and Technology
Language English
Number of Pages 32
ISBN 9781910549360, 9781910549377, 9781627249959
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 629
Dimensions 8 x 10
ATOS Reading Level 5.7
Guided Reading Level O
Lexile Reading Level 890
Author Ruth Owen

NSTA Recommends Asteroid Hunters

Exploring an asteroid could be a challenge. Being an asteroid hunter takes on new meaning as the book connects the job and the adventures offered here through the use of real time photos and the most current science information available!

As the importance of S.T.E.M. education comes to the forefront of classrooms everywhere, it becomes increasingly necessary for teachers everywhere to bring their classroom libraries up to speed! The Get to Work with Science and Technology series of books does just that. From learning about being a veterinarian in a zoo to the engineering of a space robot, these books bring students into the world of the latest and most exciting career choices of the 21st Century!

Each book provides over 30 pages of color infused photographs and images that attract the students and draw them to the text. The boldface, current vocabulary enhances the understanding of each topic in a way that encourages students to add it to their daily conversation! Essential and compelling facts are contained throughout the book in circles that standout and remind the reader of their importance to the topic. Each book contains a kid–friendly glossary and a project idea that will allow students to take on the job being highlighted. As teachers look for new resources to focus their students on the newest and most innovative career choices, this series should be at the top of their lists!

School Library Journal Review for Get to Work with Science and Technology

Firsthand accounts from professionals in the field, dramatic situations that require problem-solving, and fascinating facts are at the heart of this engrossing series. These high-interest occupations will appeal to a wide audience, especially those students interested in pursuing a STEM-related career. Real-life scientists who use technology, analysis, and critical thinking to solve problems demonstrate on a larger scale the same techniques that students are learning in the classroom. Interesting details abound, and kids will be eager to learn more strange but true tidbits. (How do vets trim an elephant’s toenails? With saws and power sanders, of course.) Striking photos are complemented by geometric sidebars, and the white-print-on-black-background is fresh and sharp. VERDICT Readers will flock to this fun and informational series.

Booklist Starred Review - Asteroid Hunters

In 2004, astronomers discovered a huge asteroid predicted to collide with Earth in fewer than 30 years. That discovery forms the backbone of this installment in the Get to Work with Science and Technology series, which follows agencies and scientists who study asteroids and attempt to predict their orbits in an effort to avoid large-scale destruction. Owen follows the team of astronomers as they gather data from other observatories to confirm the asteroid’s predicted orbit and discover, thankfully, that its trajectory will be a near miss. Each two-page spread includes plenty of eye-catching full-color photos of space, telescopes, and renderings of asteroids, while inset boxes provide specific stats and other helpful info. A closing section provides an activity to observe craters and specific tips on how to pursue a career in asteroid hunting.

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