Explore Simple Machines!: With 25 Great Projects

Explore Simple Machines!: With 25 Great Projects

by Anita Yasuda, Bryan Stone
     
 

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From zippers to the Pyramids, rolling pins to catapults, we are surrounded by simple machines. This book will amaze kids with the ingenuity they already possess and inspire them to look differently at the objects they use everyday.

Explore Simple Machines! With 25 Great Projects introduces kids to the concept of “mechanical advantage,” and…  See more details below

Overview

From zippers to the Pyramids, rolling pins to catapults, we are surrounded by simple machines. This book will amaze kids with the ingenuity they already possess and inspire them to look differently at the objects they use everyday.

Explore Simple Machines! With 25 Great Projects introduces kids to the concept of “mechanical advantage,” and harnesses kid-power by inviting them to build machines of their own design. It opens their eyes to the diversity of machines in their lives, and sparks the imagination with challenge, humor, and achievable projects.

Explore Simple Machines! dedicates a chapter to each of the six simple machines that were identified centuries ago: levers, inclined planes, pulleys, screws, wedges, and wheels & axles. Kids will develop analytical skills as they figure out where force is applied and what kind of work it generates.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Simple Machines are not simple, but they are common. What Yasuda does extremely well is introduce the abstract physics concepts of gravity, friction and force. She is also good at showing how we use simple machines in everyday life and her projects are fun and very doable. "Simple machines have few or no moving parts," she writes in the introduction. "They help us to pull, push, lift and divide. Your muscle power—not electricity or gasoline—makes them work." Yasuda writes clearly and energetically throughout the book. The disconcerting part is the mixture of introductory and higher level physics. She introduces the term "mechanical advantage" in the first pages and also introduces the different classes of levers. Both of these are topics that I would have left to a much older reader. In addition, examples of simple machines in use aren't all supported in the accompanying drawings, so the example of a switchback as a type of inclined plane remains abstract because many children will not be able to picture what a switchback is. Still, the projects are fun. Backmatter includes a glossary, list of resources and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619301283
Publisher:
Nomad Press
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Series:
Nomad Press Explore Your World Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Anita Yasuda is a qualified Montessori and early childhood education teacher and the author of more than 20 books, including the Being Green series, Explore Native American Culture!, Explore the Solar System!, Explore Water!, Greetings from Buffalo, and Hello Kitty: Cute, Creative & Collectible. She lives in Huntington Beach, California.

Bryan Stone is a cartoonist who graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies and is the illustrator of Explore Life Cycles!, Explore Night Science!, Explore Rivers and Ponds!, Explore Rocks and Minerals!, Explore the Solar System!, and Explore Transportation!. He lives in Hartland, Vermont.

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