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Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects
     

Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects

by Donna Latham, Jenn Vaughn (Illustrator)
 

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Bridges and tunnels are lifelines
People have tackled seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including vast canyons and mountain ranges, to design and construct these amazing passageways. Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering invites children ages 9 and up to explore the innovation and physical science behind structures our world depends

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Bridges and tunnels are lifelines
People have tackled seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including vast canyons and mountain ranges, to design and construct these amazing passageways. Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering invites children ages 9 and up to explore the innovation and physical science behind structures our world depends on.

Trivia and fun facts illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements. Activities and projects encourage children to learn about the engineering process and to embrace trial and error. Children will engage in a hands-on exploration of Newton’s Third Law of Motion and of forces that push and pull on structures. They'll make an egg bungee jump and a soda pop can engine. They'll experiment with a triangular toothpick dome, liquefaction, and corrosion. In Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering, children will explore their own engineering and building skills as they create several bridge models.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Winner of a 2012 Gold Moonbeam Award

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
". . .This book would be a wonderful addition to a physics curriculum, for unit studies, or delight-directed learning. It would also be a fun enrichment book for a co-op or small homeschool group. If you want to explore famous bridges and tunnels, engineering, science, physics, and history, Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering is a great resource."

National Science Teachers Association Recommends]
"This book is a treasure trove of information, experiments, and building challenges, and is an excellent, exciting, and easy way to incorporate STEM education into your classroom, science fair, or after school engineering club."

Erin Slayton, K–12 Outreach Chair, American Society of Civil Engineers
“Bridges and Tunnels provides an interesting overview of the world of Civil Engineering from the perspective of these two fascinating types of structures. Kids will find the activities in the book challenging and engaging, all the while reinforcing the learning objectives. Civil Engineering is an exciting profession, and Bridges and Tunnels presents it to kids in a way that is fun and approachable.”

Children's Literature - Kristi Bernard
The building of bridges and tunnels is a fascinating feat for engineers. Young readers curious about how these manmade structures are constructed will learn all about them. An engineer is a person who uses science and math to build. Some of the tools engineers use to draw an idea are levels, planes, protractors and geometry. Young readers will learn all the terminology engineers use every day. Each page has a "words to know" box that explains definitions that any young reader can easily understand. The "did you know" box shares fun facts discribing how engineers use their keen insights to avoid disasters. The history of bridges and tunnels can also be found along with the stories of workers and how they survived and died building these massive projects. In the case of many bridges, readers will learn how war, wind, fire and ice have caused them to collapse. For example: the London Bridge was originally a crude Roman bridge built in 52 CE. The bridge spanned the River Thames in England for centuries, but it fell many times. Experiments are listed with detailed instructions so that readers can put what they have learned to the test. Simple structures can be made with things found at home, such as marshmallows and toothpicks. Homemade paper wheels explain how steam works. Various pages have "notable quotes" which provide inspiration from famous people. There are 25 different projects in all. The back pages list other books, sites, a glossary and an index to help readers find more information about engineering and to become better equipped with the terms used. Teachers and parents will enjoy sharing and learning with this handy tool that will inspire any math or science student. Reviewer: Kristi Bernard

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936749515
Publisher:
Nomad Press
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Build It Yourself Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
519,171
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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"This book is filled with interesting facts and suggestions of how to better take care of the earth."  —Todd Parr, author, The Earth Book, winner, 2011 Green Earth Book Award

"As entertaining as it is informative, this compendium of trash is an absolute treasure. Dig in . . . and enjoy!"  —Mary McKenna Siddals, author, Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth

"This book is a treasure trove of information, experiments, and building challenges, and is an excellent, exciting, and easy way to incorporate STEM education into your classroom, science fair, or after school engineering club." —nsta.org

Meet the Author


Donna Latham is an award-winning author and playwright. She is the author of Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself, Backyard Biology Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door With 25 Projects, Deciduous, Forests, Deserts, Garbage Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out With 25 Projects, Norah Jones, Oceans, Respiration and Photosynthesis, Savannas and Grasslands, and Tundra. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Batavia, Illinois.

Jen Vaughn received her MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies. She is a self-publishing cartoonist, librarian at the Schulz Graphic Novel Library in White River Junction, muralist at Dartmouth College and staff writer for the comics journalism site, THE BEAT.

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