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Author: Swanson, Jennifer
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781580897204
Grades: Grades 7 to 12

Super Gear – Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up

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This accessible, double-spaced engaging text is aimed at junior and senior high school students interested in science, physics, engineering and sports; and, focuses particularly on nanoparticles, and the invention of new materials with astonishing properties.   Swanson is a middle-school science instructor at John Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth.  She has written about a complex subject using readable text, supported by many photographs, charts, diagrams and experiments for the budding scientist.  Students are generally interested in sports and Swanson has confined her discussion of nanotechnology to its use in the development of new materials for sportswear and sports equipment (e.g. swimsuits that decrease drag and increase buoyancy; stronger and more durable material for shoes, racquets, bats; materials to increase the speed of boats, skis, bikes) that will allow athletes to set new records.  Athletes will be interested in the many new ways to improve efficiency; scientists will engage with the technology.  While Swanson confines this discussion to the advances of nanotechnology in sports she introduces its growing impact in medicine, food production, and environmental clean-up.



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