Make This!: Building Thinking, and Tinkering Projects for the Amazing Maker in You

Make This!: Building Thinking, and Tinkering Projects for the Amazing Maker in You

Make This!: Building Thinking, and Tinkering Projects for the Amazing Maker in You

Make This!: Building Thinking, and Tinkering Projects for the Amazing Maker in You


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Create your maker space with this fun and instructive book, chock-full of hands-on activities and cool experiments to get kids thinking and tinkering.

This book is designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and supports all kinds of kid creators: those who prefer guided instruction, those who prefer to dream up and design objects on their own, and everyone in between. With thoughtful text and bright illustrations, kids get the tools and the know-how to tackle all kinds of exciting projects: building a kaleidoscope, designing a fidget spinner, planting a rain forest, creating a musical instrument, and more. Unconventional scenarios inspired by real National Geographic explorers give kids a chance to think outside the box and apply their maker skills to real life. Chapters are divided up by scientific principle, such as simple machines, energy, and forces. In each chapter, kids can start by following step-by-step activities, or get creative by tackling an open-ended challenge. Helpful sidebars explain the science behind what's happening every step of the way.

Make This! is perfect for curious and STEM-loving kids, families looking for a fun way to play together, and anyone else who's ready to get creative and start tinkering!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426333248
Publisher: Disney Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 549,573
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

ELLA SCHWARTZ received two degrees in engineering from Columbia University. She works as a cybersecurity warrior, helping to keep the Internet safe. Schwartz writes fiction and nonfiction books for young readers with a focus on STEM. When she's not working, writing, or training to run a marathon, she volunteers on outreach initiatives to promote women in science and improve science literacy.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

What is a Maker? 8

Makerspaces and Makerboxes 10

Dissect a Toy Challenge 12

How to Use This Book 14

Chapter 1 Simple Machines 16

Quick Facts 18

Rolling Pin Pulley 20

Pencil Pusher 22

Belt Mover 24

Skee-Ball Challenge 26

Archimedes Screw 28

Solve This! 30

Chapter 2 Materials 32

Quick Facts 34

Power Colors 36

Rescue a Dinosaur 38

Clean & Clear 40

Walking Water 42

Solve This! 44

Chapter 3 Systems 46

Quick Facts 48

Water From Leaves 50

Marble Maze Challenge 52

Rain Forest in a Bottle 54

Rube Goldberg Machine 56

Solve This! 58

Chapter 4 Optics 60

Quick Facts 62

Reflection Target Practice 64

Color Kaleidoscope 66

Scoping the Scene 68

All the Colors of the Rainbow 70

Tiny Things 72

Zoom Out 74

Solve This! 76

Chapter 5 Energy 78

Quick Facts 80

Portable Power 82

Magnetize It! 84

Sun Stove 86

Solar Updraft Tower 90

Solve This! 92

Chapter 6 Acoustics 94

Quick Facts 96

String Phone 98

Silly Noisemaker 100

Sound Wave Stethoscope 102

Drums 108

Xylophone 110

Solve This! 112

Chapter 7 Forces 114

Quick Facts 116

Water Balloon Helmet 118

Catapult 120

Ball Launcher 122

Tower Challenge 124

Roman Arch 126

Truss Bridge 128

Fidget Spinner 130

Solve This! 134

Chapter 8 Motion 136

Quick Facts 138

Balloon Car 140

Stomp Rocket 142

Straw Rocket 146

Hovercraft 148

Solve This! 150

Afterword 152

Making in the Field 154

Photo & Illustration Credits 156

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