Schwartz, Heather S. 2012. COOL ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES FOR GIRLS. North Mankato, MN: Capstone Press. ISBN 9781429676779 [Suggested Grade Levels 4-6]
REVIEWThis lively book introduces engineering practices to elementary-aged girls, yet boys will find there’s nothing girly about the book. The packed pages detail easy, appealing projects that follow the steps engineers take to solve problems. The scientific principle for each activity is explained in a sidebar titled “Insider Info.” Ten different activities use engineering principles and lead readers to act as engineers themselves.
The activities are set out with a reason each problem needs addressing, a list of supplies, step-by-step directions, the background, and photos of the steps along the way. How to make water filters, tie-dye shirts, and a litter grabber are among the varied projects. The book contains a glossary, read more section, Internet sites, and an index. Lana Flakes, Society of Women Engineers, acted as consultant on the book.
CONNECTIONSSet up one of the activities from the book and complete it in small groups. Lead a discussion about how engineers go about solving problems and how the readers acted as engineers.
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Lathan, Donna. BRIDGES AND TUNNELS: INVESTIGATE FEATS OF ENGINEERING WITH 25 PROJECTS. ISBN 9781936749515
Vancleave, Janice. ENGINEERING FOR EVERY KID: EASY ACTIVITIES THAT MAKE LEARNING SCIENCE FUN. ISBN 9781439522684
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