|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
based on 1 review
|Grade Level:||Middle School
Our reviewers—top-flight teachers and other outstanding science educators—have determined that this resource is among the best available supplements for science teaching.
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“The idea for Everyday Engineering began with our interest in design and production issues related to the simple ballpoint pen. We were struck by the elegance of the means for retracting the reservoir and transferring the ink to paper …. For some months, we found ourselves taking a number of things apart—becoming more and more intrigued with the design of the seemingly simple. When thought about in this light, paper clips and pump soap dispensers become fascinating; so, too, is learning the history of how these everyday objects were developed.”
—From the Introduction to Everyday Engineering
Here’s an ideal way to spark students’ fascination with the marvels of engineering behind the seemingly simple. This book is a compilation of popular “Everyday Engineering” columns from NSTA’s middle school journal, Science Scope. The collection is made up of 14 activities that explore engineering’s role in five areas: the office, the kitchen, the bathroom, electricity, and outdoor recreation. Students can perform hands-on investigations of objects they use all the time, asking questions such as:
• What makes a Bic click?
• Why do squirt guns squirt?
• What makes a better cereal box?
Each activity includes a clear explanation of the science and history behind the object’s development plus a materials list, student data sheets, and safety suggestions. The collection is useful to classroom teachers as well as scout leaders, engineers leading outreach activities, after-school and summer enrichment program staff, and parents.
Everyday Engineering may soon have your students taking a number of things apart—and putting together a lifelong interest in engineering.
|Intended User Role:||Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Part One: What is This Thing Called Engineering?
Chapter One: An Introduction to Everyday Engineering
Part Two: Office Engineering
Chapter Two: What Makes a Bic Click?
Chapter Three: Clips and Clamps
Part Three: Kitchen Engineering
Chapter Four: Time’s Up, Turkey—Pop-Up Thermometers
Chapter Five: Charcoal—Can It Corral Chlorine?
Chapter Six: What Makes a Better Box?
Chapter Seven: It’s (Zipped) In the Bag
Part Four: Bathroom Engineering
Chapter Eight: An Absorbing Look at Terrycloth Towels
Chapter Nine: Toothbrush Design—Is There a Better Bristle?
Part Five: Electrical Engineering
Chapter Ten: Holiday Blinkers
Chapter Eleven: Windmills Are Going Around Again
Chapter Twelve: A Little (Flash) of Light
Part Five: Outdoor Recreational Engineering
Chapter Thirteen: Life Preservers—Increase Your v to Lower Your D
Chapter Fourteen: Ain’t She Sweet—Bats, Rackets, Golf clubs, and All
Chapter Fifteen: What Makes a Squirt Gun Squirt?
||Reviewed by: Ella Bowling (Brooksville, KY) on April 4, 2013
||This is a tremendous resource for integrating engineering concepts into the science classroom. A must have for working with the NGSS!
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