What Makes Sports Gear Safer?

From the Series Engineering Keeps Us Safe

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

If you pay attention to the news, you’ve probably seen some scary headlines: fiery NASCAR crashes, career-ending sports injuries, and more. But the truth is, these kinds of accidents are rare. Engineers have designed sports gear to keep athletes as safe as possible. Carbon-fiber helmets, smart pads, and avalanche air bags are just a few of the improvements that help people play sports more safely. Learn more about how the technology in sports gear works to keep us safe.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Category STEM, STEM: Engineering
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.4
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF061000, JNF061010, JNF024080
Dewey 796.028'4
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 830
ATOS Reading Level 5.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 175351
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource



“By focusing on the myriad ways young readers experience the useful application of STEM concepts every day, this title . . . will likely pique interest in the scientific method and expand the scope of readers’ career aspirations.”—Booklist

Author: Kevin Kurtz

Kevin Kurtz has loved books, science, and nature since he was a kid. His first children's book, A Day in the Salt Marsh, was published in 2007. He lives in Rochester, New York and continues to write books and do live and remote visits with schools around the country.

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