The Science Behind Batman's Tools

9781515720386. ea vol: 24p. (Science Behind Batman). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Capstone. Aug. 2016. lib. ed. $18.99. pap. $6.95.
Gr 2–4—This series makes clever use of a famous superhero to introduce a variety of STEM facts to primary readers. Each of the four volumes takes one category of Batman's well-known gadgets and presents similar items and concepts from the real world. Some physics-related concepts, such as lift, are featured more than once, as they are relevant both to Batman's cape and his flying vehicles. Many of the comparisons are to military gear, such as stealth tech, body armor, and night vision, as the military has either the most advanced or most recognizable versions of these. There are colorful images of both the Caped Crusader and photos of the actual articles mentioned.
These books show how the Caped Crusader's high-tech gadgets and vehicles are reflective of real-life technologies. Introducing new readers to science and engineering vocabulary, they explore the real-world uses of grappling hooks, smoke grenades, jet engines, helicopters, and more. Generic drawings of Batman characters sometimes feel unnecessary when the photos of real inventions are more useful. Reading list. Glos., ind. Review covers the following Science Behind Batman titles: The Science Behind Batman's Tools and The Science Behind Batman's Flying Machines.

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