Build It: Invent New Structures and Contraptions

Build It: Invent New Structures and Contraptions

by Tammy Enz
     
 

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If you like tinkering with widgets, wing nuts, gadgets, and gauges, you've picked up the right book. In Build It, you'll invent a trash grabber, a newspaper fort, a coin sorter, and other amazing contraptions. When it comes to inventing, your imagination has no limits!

Overview

If you like tinkering with widgets, wing nuts, gadgets, and gauges, you've picked up the right book. In Build It, you'll invent a trash grabber, a newspaper fort, a coin sorter, and other amazing contraptions. When it comes to inventing, your imagination has no limits!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
Building structures does not refer only to houses and bridges. Enz encourages us to think about small, helpful inventions that use everyday objects. She demonstrates the scientist's approach to problem solving to create these new contraptions. The six steps of inventing provide a road map and are demonstrated in each of eight projects. The problem is presented as a question and the steps of considering the principles of how things work, using this information to come up with ideas, making a plan, creating a new product that solves the problem and finally, analyzing it for improvements—all outlined in the six-easy-to-follow steps. Color photographs and lists of materials and related information, offset in contrasting color sidebars, help make the scientific approach easy to understand and encourage the reader to give these projects a try. Words printed in bright yellow are found in the glossary. Enz' book ends with a glossary, a list of resources titled "Read More" and "Internet Sites," and an index. This book, one of the "Fact Finders: Invent It" series, would be a good addition to an upper elementary or middle school library or class on creative problem solving, the basic rules or laws of science, and/or the application of the scientific method. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
A newspaper fort, a garbage grabber, a coin sorter, a pet waterer—these are not difficult projects, but they look fun and doable by kids. Enz introduces the inventor and engineering mindset she used in the projects by explaining six steps to inventing: problem, principle, ideas, plan, create, and improve. Principles, she explains are "basic rules or laws for how things work. Gravity is a principle that explains why the ball falls when you drop it." The projects are in recipe format, but their overall principles can lead to different projects. For example, the door pull uses a pulley and string to allow the reader to close the door without getting out of bed. While the set up for the door is very specific, anyone who works with the pulleys can then apply their work to other inventions. Each project is punctuated by a sidebar about an unexpected invention, including the Kellogg's invention of cereal, and a can opener. This book offers a nice alternative to the many science fair books. These are hands-on building projects, instead of hands-on science projects. That being said, several of the projects could make decent science fair projects if they were tweaked slightly. Backmatter includes a glossary, further reading resources, and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429679817
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Series:
Invent It Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
537,086
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
IG740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Tammy Enz became a civil engineer because of her awe of the massive steel bridges that spanned the Mississippi River. She just had to figure out how they worked. Today, she still likes tinkering and figuring out how things work. When she isn't tinkering, she fixes up old houses and conducts experiments in her garden and kitchen. Most of all, she loves reading books about anything and everything and asking 'why?'

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