Superpower?

  • Illustrated By: Belle Wuthrich
  • Pages:112
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Think
  • Themes:wearable technology, responsible design, human-machine evolution, pros and cons, STEM
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  • Available:10/18/2022
  • Lexile:880L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z
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Super strength, super hearing, super vision and super connection. Wearable technology may soon give humans superpowers.

Imagine being able to run without getting tired. Or travel to the moon to observe Earth for science class. The technologies that could make these things possible are mixing into our lives faster than we realize. The stakes are high. In Superpower?: The Wearable-Tech Revolution, young readers will discover how technological innovation can help people survive and thrive.

But what if super strength results in endless work? What if hackers can read our thoughts? What if living in a virtual world affects our humanity? The book asks readers to question the pros and cons of technology and consider if innovation can go too far. Meet the inventors, designers, engineers, scientists and young people navigating the next tech frontier.

The epub edition of this title is fully accessible.

“Even non-techies will be hooked, especially since the endless possibilities of wearable technology are definitely scope for the imagination.”
– Children's Literature
“A readable guide for valuable information...Kachala presents the information skillfully for her target audience. Fun illustrations and photographs are scattered throughout the book to support the text.”
– School Library Journal
“This book showcases past and present examples on how technological innovation has helped people thrive in our daily life accompanied by beautiful illustrations and questions on ethical issues on technology use... The Best STEM Books emphasize real-world issues that cross disciplinary boundaries.”
– CBC/NSTA Best STEM Books Committee
“While at first glance Superpower? might seem like ‘just a science book,’ the book goes way beyond the science of this technology to explore the critical need for moral, principled, ethical, and diverse humans to guide its design and usage. As a social studies teacher, I look forward to using this book to delve into inquiry questions like, ‘Just because we can, should we?’ and ‘Is the power unleashed by technology worth it?’...Superpower? is detailed and introduces the reader to technical language, but it is accessible and doesn’t lose sight of its middle grades audience. I look forward to sharing Superpower? not just with my students, but with any colleague interested in STEAM, social sciences, or issues of diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion.
– Andrea Jarr, Middle School Teacher
“Full of information that tech savvy kids will love to explore.”
– The International Educator
“Gobsmackingly good!...If you and your kids read one nonfiction book this year, this should be it.”
– Great Books for Kids Reviewed by Michelle Marcotte
“Will help kids discover not only how electronic wearables can help people survive and thrive, but also the challenges and ethics surrounding this next tech frontier.”
– TEACH Magazine
“#RWYK Certified Great Read! Congratulations to Elaine Kachala!! Our latest certified great read! Kids love wearable technology. This book gives them the information they need to get inspired and to change the future.”
– Jed Doherty, host of Reading With Your Kid Podcast
“An accessible introduction to a complex topic…A valuable read for anyone seeing to better understand wearable technology.”
– Canadian Children's Book News
Children’s Book Council Best STEM Books List   | 2023  |  Commended
Young Readers' Choice Book Awards of British Columbia (YRCABC) Red Cedar Book Awards   | 2024  |  Nominated
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2023  |  Commended
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books - Middle Grade   | 2024  |  Nominated

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