Junk Drawer Engineering

Junk Drawer Engineering
Junk Drawer Engineering

Junk Drawer Engineering

25 Construction Challenges That Don't Cost a Thing
By Bobby Mercer

Junk Drawer Science

JUVENILE NONFICTION

224 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

EPUB, $10.99 (US $10.99) (CA $14.99)

ISBN 9781613737194

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (May 2017)

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Overview

Kids of all ages can use household items to complete exciting design challenges
There's no need for expensive, high-tech materials to test your engineering skills—you probably have all you need in your home junk drawer. Each hands-on project in this book will challenge you to come up with a unique solution to a specific design problem. Construct a Pasta Bridge strong enough to support a heavy load, using only dry linguini and glue. Build a Marble Roller Coaster from recycled cardboard tubes, in which the marble "car" jumps a track to land safely at its final destination. Or design an Egg Catch device to safely capture a free-falling egg. Test yourself or use them for friendly competitions—who can come up with the best solution?These 25 open-ended design challenges can be performed for just pennies . . . or less. Each project has a suggested materials list, step-by-step instructions with illustrations for one possible solution, and suggestions on how to adapt each challenge for different ages and skill levels. Educators and parents will find this title a handy resource to teach children problem-solving skills and applied physics, all while having a lot of fun.

Reviews

"The compilation and suggested modifications for youngsters with different backgrounds and skill sets make this particularly welcome for science teachers as well as young learners... Hours of fun for STEM-inclined kids, parents, caregivers, and teachers." —Kirkus Reviews

"...this is a solid collection of STEM activities for tweens. Science teachers will want to investigate." —School Library Journal

"A fun, hands-on resource for anyone who wants to inspire STEM-minded kids." —Publishers Weekly

"Recommendations for adapting each project for children of different ages and skill levels round out this educational and entertaining repository! Highly recommended." —Midwest Book Review

"It's perfect for kids to learn and let their creative side show."—Test Try Results

"It's educational and fun. I think this book would be good in schools and home-schools. There's a science explanation at the end of each experiment."—Kids' BookBuzz

"Teachers and librarians with small or nonexistent budgets looking for STEM projects will find this book a very useful resource." —School Library Connection

Author Biography

Bobby Mercer has been sharing the fun of science for more than two decades as a high school physics teacher. He is the author of Junk Drawer Physics, Junk Drawer Chemistry, and The Flying Machine Book.

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