Title

The Rocket Boys of NIH: How the National Institutes of Health Gives Hope and Health to Kids and the World

What It’s About

In 1957, members of an NIH review committee dug into their wallets and purses to give a “grant” to a 9-year-old boy named Terence Boylan of Snyder, N.Y. His energetic request for $10 to build a rocket ship with his friend Bruce Cook moved distinguished members of this NIH committee to invest in the future. The book tells the trials and triumphs of NIH’s youngest researchers. It also dramatically shows how NIH and medical researchers work to save lives and make people healthier.

Reading Level

4-5 grade and up

Spanish Book Available

Los Chicos, el Cohete y NIH: Como los institutos Nacionales de Salud dan esperanza y salud a todos los ninños y al mundo

Spanish Book Available

Los Chicos, el Cohete y NIH: Como los institutos Nacionales de Salud dan esperanza y salud a todos los ninños y al mundo

How to Order

Send an e-mail to rocket@csr.nih.gov
Or mail a request to the following address:
Rocket Story
NIH Center for Scientific Review
6701 Rockledge Drive
Room 3030
Bethesda, MD 20892

Download the Books in PDF

  1. The Rocket Boys of NIH
  2. Los Chicos, el Cohete y NIH (Spanish)

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