Build It!: Activities for Setting up Super Structures

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Presents projects for constructing and testing a variety of structures, including bridges, domes, and collapsible structures, and encourages readers to design their own.

Presents projects for constructing and testing a variety of structures, including bridges, domes, and collapsible structures, and encourages readers to design their own.

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Overview

Presents projects for constructing and testing a variety of structures, including bridges, domes, and collapsible structures, and encourages readers to design their own.

Presents projects for constructing and testing a variety of structures, including bridges, domes, and collapsible structures, and encourages readers to design their own.

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Children's Literature - Jacki Vawter
The gateway to physics, architecture and engineering appears when this book is opened. It is a book of projects, one of a series, which offer an outstanding primer for the understanding of structures. For example, how do bridges carry the weight that crosses over? How can the strength of a bridge be demonstrated with common objects? The projects are described with concise language using excellent, colorful graphics. The text relates human-made structures to natural structures such as eggs, shells, spiderwebs and our own skeletons. Readers will learn to construct domes, containers, packages for fragile objects, four basic bridge designs and more. All chapters are brief. The beginning chapters are intended to introduce materials used in projects--paper, modeling clay, string--and to test their strength and stability using varied shapes and balancing forces. A "Getting Ideas" section ends a chapter and provides the nudge for independent work using the knowledge gained. The book would serve fourth grade teachers well as a manual for a series of hands-on science lessons. The importance of saving resources when designing structures in another appealing feature of this book.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-These books achieve their stated goal of involving readers in "designing and making their own working technology projects, using readily available salvaged or cheap materials" through explanations of basic concepts that are adaptable to a number of projects. Build It! features ideas for bridges, domes, structures that collapse, and pop-ups. Gear Up! explains the science behind machines such as pulleys, levers, crankshafts, gear wheels, and conveyor belts. Shape It! introduces several kinds of craft activities with molding materials, including salt dough, plaster, air-drying clay, and edible materials like cookie dough. Zap It! includes electric circuits, pressure pads, and different kinds of switches. Some of these ventures require less familiar supplies like "capacitors" and a "reed switch," which are clearly pictured, though no suggestions are given for where they might be purchased. Step-by-step directions with clear, colorful graphics and a list of materials needed accompany each activity. A small, cropped color photo often accompanies the idea. Suggestions for ways to expand on the projects are included. The format is clear and consistent throughout the series. The projects and topics outlined take some time and attention, and though they all have specific directions for getting started, readers are encouraged to use their creativity to adapt the ideas to original projects and inventions.-Marilyn Long Graham, Lee County Library System, Estero, FL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822535676
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: Design It! Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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