Hands-On Engineering

Hands-On Engineering

by Beth Andrews


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With its varied and engaging activities, "Hands-On Engineering" prompts students to understand and apply the methodologies of design and engineering as they create innovative solutions to challenges. Each challenge requires students to think analytically, assess new situations, and solve a hands-on, real-world problem. As students design their own boats, skyscrapers, wheelbarrows, hammocks, and more, they will need perseverance, imagination, and teamwork. This book's emphasis on practical skills, problem solving, and collaboration makes it an ideal tool with which to teach valuable 21st-century skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593639228
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Pages: 125
Sales rank: 809,100
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Beth L. Andrews lives with her family in Orange County, CA. She has taught a variety of students in the Irvine Unified School District since 1983. Beth has been an advocate for gifted education in multiple capacities and is known for the creative ways in which she provides challenging curriculum. She has used her perspective on engaging students as the author of the Star Voyagers program and the Grammasaurs program.

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Hands-On Engineering 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ShawnMarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I received a copy of Hand-On Engineering I was really hoping I'd find an updated version of some of the projects we used to use in my Girl Scout and 4-H clubs. I was in luck, that is exactly what I got.This book shows engineering concepts in a way that make sense to kids, by flying things, racing things and knocking things over. Practical application of physics and engineering pricipals is essential to learning about them and this book makes it easy.Though the book is geared from grade 4-7 I really think the 6-7 range is more accurate. The 4s and 5s can benefit from a demonstration of the activities but to actually participate in them as a group activity might be a little much for them. Still, if you could get a parent volunteer to help each of the groups you could achieve success even with the 4s.My favorite project? Has to be the kite. A toy that kids have seen a million times becomes a lesson and they can't wait to fly it.The addition of web links to this book makes it the more modern version of my old guides and that is exactly what I was hoping for.Great book!
NatoshaM More than 1 year ago
For those interested in being more engaged while learning, well you should check out the book, Hands-On Engineering by Beth Andrews. It's actually a perfect book for teaching kids how to construct and build their own objects to learn and understand what it takes for these objects and creations to move, work, and be used to complete the task it needs to achieve. What I found very interesting is that there are plenty of learning tasks during each project in this book, which should last the right amount of class time for each child to create and begin setting up. The best part is that you can actually teach a child a lot more than just what is being constructed, but understand words during the assignment, question what's going on and if other tools or items were used, and if using a few different materials, trying to figure out what or if it could achieve the same results or different. I mean, it's practically a hands-on workbook. You don't just sit and read, but get up and create! Any child who wants to learn new techniques on creating certain objects and possibly use their imagination will definitely learn to be creative thinkers. I finally want to say, that this type of book is very engaging, but what I really am fond of is that it's not one project and you were done. Instead, there are tasks and other questions that can be answered and used during the same project. Plus, I find that this book can help a class of 9-13-year-olds or your own kid build some fun objects that will really keep them happy and interested in learning and create more!