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STEM Friday: Feats of Engineering

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Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects by Donna Latham
2012 Nomad Press

Sunny mornings like today always conjure up some of the spectacular vistas that stick in my mind from all sorts of places I’ve been in my life. Since I spent many years in the Bay Area, the views across the bay are some of the most frequent. And I’m not alone. Once you cross the Golden Gate Bridge, you never forget it. The view is nothing short of stunning in all directions. But there’s a lot more to that bridge than meets the eye.

I’d like to introduce you to our new Investigate Feats of Engineering titles by featuring the first in this category that we’ve done. Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects invites children 9 and up to explore the innovation and physical science behind these remarkable structures that our world depends on. They’ll learn about some of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles like vast canyons and mountain ranges that engineers and builders have tackled to design and construct such amazing passageways. Bridges and tunnels are lifelines that connect people and places. And some of the world’s most spectacular bridges have equally amazing stories to go along with them.

This book takes a challenging topic and makes it accessible to children. Hands-on activities encourage children to embrace the important engineering skill of trial and error. They’ll experiment with a triangular toothpick dome, liquefaction, and corrosion. They’ll make an egg bungee jump and a soda pop can engine. And with some great history thrown in, there are many lessons to be learned!

Enjoy this title and we look forward to Canals and Dams: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects coming soon!

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3 thoughts on “STEM Friday: Feats of Engineering

  1. Over at Archimedes Notebook it’s about singing for your supper – but you need to include the secret password to get food. http://archimedesnotebook.blogspot.com/2012/11/baby-birds-need-password-for-supper.html

  2. At NC Teacher Stuff, I am featuring Happy Birthday Trees! A Tu B’Shevat Story:

    http://ncteacherstuff.blogspot.com/2012/11/happy-birthday-tree-tu-bshevat-story.html

  3. At Sci/Why, Helaine Becker explains what makes an octopus blush, and how they do it — with a nice, messy, hands-on experiment: http://www.sci-why.blogspot.ca/