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Bring science to life at the touch of a fingertip. Access the latest e-books from KQED! Explore STEM topics and careers through real-world examples. Designed to engage learners through a blend of high-quality media, interactive elements and informative text, the books and accompanying iTunes U courses offer rich learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.

Tensegrity Robots cover_small_ebookSee how robots modeled after a baby toy may someday walk on moons and planets.

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Lotus Water Project Cover 105x136Learn how a 3-D printed device made it possible for people in Dhaka, Bangladesh to have access to clean drinking water.

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Origami Miscroscope_fin-03_tinyFind out about a $1 paper microscope that was designed to help diagnose diseases in developing countries.

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Decompression Chamber 105x136Discover how scientists engineered a way to study new fish species from the ocean’s twilight zone.

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cookstovesLearn how researchers designed a new, more efficient cookstove to improve the quality of life for families in Darfur.

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Energy e-book cover 2013_4Look into the causes of climate change, and discover how scientists develop and use climate models.

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Climate e-book cover 2 webLearn about how climate change influences precipitation patterns and how it impacts our frozen landscape.

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Climate e-book cover 3 updated webInvestigate shifts in the distribution of plant and animal species due to climate change, and the effects of increased carbon dioxide emissions on the ocean.

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Climate e-book cover 4 webSee how communities are preparing for sea level rise and other impacts of climate change, and ways we can help minimize future climate change.

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Energy e-book cover 2013_4Examine the science of energy, from what it is to where it comes from.

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Energy e-book cover 2013_4Explore how humans use energy — from generating electricity to developing energy-efficient technologies.

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River Delta iBook cover Dec 2013Explore the basics of biotechnology, how developments in the field impact our lives and our health, careers within the industry and future innovations.

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DeltaCover_150Dive into the diverse ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, its dramatic evolution and the issues around California’s water supply.

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Earthquakes iBook Draft v1.pdfExplore what earthquakes are, how they move continents, form our landscape and fit into the larger story of plate tectonics.

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E-books and iTunes U courses from KQED are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards and the Career and Technical Education standards.

The following e-books were created with our partners:

  • Engineering Is Bringing Up Fish from the Deep, in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences
  • Clue into Climate, in partnership with Stanford University, Precourt Institute for Energy and the UC Museum of Paleontology
  • Energy, in partnership with Stanford University, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • River Delta, in partnership with the East Bay Regional Park District
  • Earthquake, in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences

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