The Tech Effect Reviews

Changing Lives Through Artificial Intelligence: ISBN 978-1-68282-839-7 / eBook: 978-1-68282-840-3
Changing Lives Through Genetic Engineering: ISBN 978-1-68282-841-0 / eBook: 978-1-68282-842-7
Changing Lives Through Robotics: ISBN 978-1-68282-843-4 / eBook: 978-1-68282-844-1
Changing Lives Through Self-Driving Cars: ISBN 978-1-68282-845-8 / eBook: 978-1-68282-846-5
Changing Lives Through 3-D Printing: ISBN 978-1-68282-847-2/ eBook: 978-1-68282-848-9
Changing Lives Through Virtual Reality: ISBN 978-1-68282-849-6 / eBook: 978-1-68282-850-2
School Library Journal, November 1, 2020

Gr 6 Up—This series uses a mixture of scientific models and photographs to synthesize information in a very effective, targeted way. The deep topical dives provide scientifically literate text to accompany the expressive images. Topics in this series, such as self-driving cars, are covered in a balanced way that dispels myths and fears without idealizing technology. Changing Lives Through Genetic Engineering is a standout for its unbiased delivery of information. The text addresses the serious implications of genetic modification while still expressing the need for more research in the field before some conclusions can be made. This honest treatment of science is refreshing and encourages teens to read skeptically and critically. However, the photos used throughout depict doctors and scientists exclusively as white people, and people of color are depicted as patients and subjects of study. VERDICT High interest topics that are salient to today‚Äôs teens make this series a valuable purchase for high school STEM collections.