Discover the skills it takes to become an engineer!
Dorling Kindersley does it well again, with this book focused on the skills needed to become an engineer. Elementary to Junior High students will enjoy the learning about what jobs await engineers, from building bridges to designing robots. The book is divided into sections about materials, structures, machines, and energy. Background information precedes experiments using simple, commonly accessible materials, e.g. paper rolls, sugar cubes, cardboard, straws, which teaches readers how to build and test their building skills using engineering principles. Famous engineers and their inventions/discoveries are highlighted, giving birth to a new class of scientific heroes e.g. readers will learn who the Tesla electric car gets its name from.
The book heavily relies on large, colorful photographs, as well as the text of varied readability. The text is divided into smaller chunks, making it suitable for readers throughout elementary. It varies in size and boldness, to emphasize its importance.
This book is highly recommended for the Alberta Grade 1-6 Science Technology focused curriculum. It would also make a wonderful gift for young children who are interested in the profession of engineering.