- Age Range: 5 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 4
- Series: Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids
- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: Rockridge Press (May 28, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1641523697
- ISBN-13: 978-1641523691
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 276 customer ratings
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Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids: 50+ Exciting STEAM Projects to Design and Build (Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids) Paperback – May 28, 2019
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SAMPLE EXPERIMENT: Mini Spoon-and-Stick Catapult
TIME: 20 MINUTES | DIFFICULTY LEVEL: MEDIUM
Catapults were used in times of war during the Middle Ages. Sometimes soldiers would aim the catapult to fling rocks or other objects directly at a castle wall, hoping to knock the wall down. Other times objects would be flung over the walls. In this challenge, you will have a chance to build your own mini catapult.
1. Stack 5 craft sticks on top of one another and secure both ends together with rubber bands.
2. Next, stack 2 more craft sticks together and secure one end of them with a rubber band.
3. Carefully open up the 2 craft sticks you’ve put together and slide the stack of 5 in between them.
4. Secure your plastic spoon to the top craft stick using rubber bands. The bowl of the spoon should be at the top.
5. Finally, crisscross one or two more rubber bands around the area where the craft sticks all intersect.
6. Place your catapult on a flat surface and use one hand to hold your crossbar (the 5 craft sticks) while pushing down on your spoon. Release the spoon to test your catapult.
7. If your catapult isn’t springy enough, try adding another rubber band at the bottom or twisting the one that is there so it is tighter.
8. Once you are satisfied, try flinging pom-poms or mini marshmallows.
- 7 craft sticks
- Mini rubber bands
- Plastic spoon
- Pom-poms or mini marshmallows
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“Every parent or teacher needs a number of tools in their toolbox, and Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids is a great one. Fully indexed, you can open it to any page and find an interesting project. Recommended for kids or anyone with a basic desire to see how things work.”—John Grube, Electrical Engineer, Duke Energy, and father of four
“Each of the activities in Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids includes hows and whys, extensions, and a STEAM connection. Including these areas elevates the book from being an activity book to a teaching tool. The supplies needed to explore each activity are probably already in our homes or classrooms. I love not having to go out to get supplies before we start an activity. We can pick an activity and start working on it right away.”—Deirdre Smith, teacher and blogger at JDaniel4's Mom
“I LOVE this engineering activity book for kids! I am not an engineer or even strong in the subject, so you can imagine my excitement when I opened this book to find fun engineering projects that I can do at home with my son. It has clear instructions with fun facts and colorful pictures of the projects throughout. I can’t wait to share this with our homeschool co-op STEM class!”—Tressa Guillory, Homeschool Parent
About the Author
CHRISTINA HERKERT SCHUL is a former classroom teacher with a master’s degree in education. You can find her at www.theresjustonemommy.com, where she enjoys sharing learning activities and craft ideas with parents and teachers around the world.
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Why not do the real thing? With real tools, real wood, and real respect for the child.
How does this support a child who has an authentic interest in engineering -- not someone you're just trying to keep quiet by handing over the contents of your kitchen junk drawer -- and truly wants to learn how to design and build? For that child, Earth, Water, Fire, and Air by Walter Kraul is a much better choice. Or you could go with The American Boy's Handy Book (which, since it was published in 1882 can be found online completely for free).
I just think this book fills an odd niche, creating projects for kids which are supposed to teach them engineering but actually gives them incorrect supplies and incorrect tools and forces them to just end up creating something that's headed for the trash bin. Do you really think that any of these projects are things that children will keep for years? And, if not, why are you asking them to do them? I have no issue with "Process not Product" in Art. But Engineering is a different discipline and I think this book ends up coming off as disrespectful to the true capacities of children.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and am giving a non-compulsory honest review.