Save the crash-test dummies

by Swanson, Jennifer,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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Brentwood Library Juvenile Non-fiction JUV 629.2 Swanson
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
Call Number  JUV 629.2 Swanson
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection j TL242.S925 2019
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  j TL242.S925 2019
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Non-Fiction Collection j TL242.S925 2019
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction Collection
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Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Non-fiction J 629.276 SWANSON
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
Call Number  J 629.276 SWANSON
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 629.2 Swa
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 629.2 SW2
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
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Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Non-Fiction j 629.2 S
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 629.2 S

Jump in the driver's seat for this entertaining, STEM--filled tour of the history of car production and the science and engineering that makes cars safe.
"[An] innovative blend of history, technology, and engineering.... STEM at its best."? Booklist , STARRED REVIEW
Cars take us to work. To school. To soccer practice. To the grocery store and home again. Can you imagine a world without them? It's not so easy!
One of the reasons we can use cars so much in our everyday lives is because they are safe to drive. But that hasn't always been the case. If it weren't for the experiments conducted over decades that involved all kinds of crash test volunteers--dead, alive, animal, or automated--cars as we know them might not be around. And then how would you get to school?
Filled with fun four?wheeled nuggets of history and explanations of how cars actually work, this nonfiction book from former science educator and award--winning author Jennifer Swanson will appeal to lovers of all things that go and readers who are interested in getting under the hood and seeing how things work.

Under the hood and behind the wheel
Bumper cars
Belt me in
Hit the brakes
Airbag away
Look out behind you
Robot drivers.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "No one would drive a car without brakes, mirrors, seat belts, airbags, or other safety features. In this innovative blend of history, technology, and engineering, Swanson shows how crash-test dummies (aka anthropomorphic test devices or ATDs) helped make these features standard and today's cars safer than ever, saving the lives of more than 330,000 people since 1960. After introducing readers to car basics and the crash-test dummy family, comprised of a male, a female, children of varying ages, and even Fido, individual chapters address each safety feature. In the chapter on bumpers, for instance, Swanson gives a historical overview of the development of the bumper, from an early cowcatcher design that would scoop up hit pedestrians to the crumple zone of modern cars. She also begins to show the evolution of car safety in this chapter, from the use of cadavers in early design testing to the data acquisition systems of today's ATDs. Successive chapters relate more technology and engineering initiatives, such as how a crash test works, why an airbag must both inflate and deflate, and why objects are closer than they appear in curved mirrors. Ironically, self-driving cars, covered in the final chapter, must use live humans to test them. Vintage photos and cartoon ATDs throughout add to the insightful fun. STEM at its best.--Angela Leeper Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Automobiles -- Safety measures -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Automobiles -- Crashworthiness -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Automobiles -- Design and construction -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Automobiles -- Safety measures -- History.
Automobiles -- Crashworthiness -- History.
Automobiles -- Design and construction -- History.
Instructional and educational works.
Publisher Atlanta, Georgia :2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors Grooms, TeMika, illustrator.
Audience Ages 8-12, Grades 4 to 6.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description 104 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 26 cm
ISBN 9781682630228
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