I’ll confess that I’m not an educator, but I think most of these books will be accessible to high school and college students, and a few to middle school students. The list is also a reflection of my career and interests in engineering, public health, policy, and history. Even with these biases, I think it is a good list for someone looking for STEM-related books.
I was fascinated by robots as a kid. I enjoyed reading Isaac Asimov’s robot stories. I longed for the Omnibot 2000 in the Sears Wishbook.
Robots have come a long way. In How to Build an Android, David F. Dufty describes the short strange life of a very complex robot made to look and talk like science fiction author Philip K. Dick. The robot had a very sophisticated and lifelike head and complex artificial intelligence. As with most complex things, it was the work of many people who had to solve a lot of problems.
If you’re interested in robotics, this is an interesting nontechnical book. In addition, you’ll get introduced to some freaky sci-fi. You may even get as (somewhat) legitimate reason to use the word “Dickhead” (capitalized, it refers to a fan of PKD, so don’t go using it on anyone).