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Engineering and technology

Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Bridge Projects
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle

Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Canal Projects
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle

Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Dam Projects
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle

Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Road Projects
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle

Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Skyscraper Projects
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle

Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Tunnel Projects
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle

Super Simple Engineering Projects series. This series clearly explains engineering principles through hands-on projects. Six-page introductions define each engineered structure, briefly describing its construction, uses, and different types. Five or six activities follow, and “Digging Deeper” sidebars expand on the science involved. Simple directions, inexpensive materials lists, and plenty of helpful photographs make this series a good choice for budding engineers. Each book concludes with a three-question quiz. Glos.
Subjects: Machines and Technology; Science projects; Engineering; Construction; Tunnels; Bridges; Canals; Dams; Roads; Skyscrapers; Buildings

Bethea, Nikole Brooks  The Invention of the Assembly Line
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Child’s

Hutchison, Patricia  The Invention of the Airplane
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Child’s

MacCarald, Clara  The Invention of the Transistor
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Child’s

Ringstad, Arnold  The Building of the Hoover Dam
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Child’s

Engineering That Made America series. This series takes an in-depth look at the history, conception, and practical application of key engineering feats and inventions. Each volume thoughtfully breaks down events and inspiration that led up to each invention, as well as its evolution and impact over the years. Archival photos break up the narratives. There are four other spring 2017 books in this series. Reading list, timeline. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Machines and Technology; Engineering; Hoover Dam (AZ and NV); Construction; Manufacturing; Inventions and inventors; Ford, Henry; Vehicles—Airplanes; Flight; Wright, Orville and Wilbur; Electronics

Conley, Kate  Engineering the Golden Gate Bridge
Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp. ABDO/Core Library

LaPierre, Yvette  Engineering the Colosseum
Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp. ABDO/Core Library

McCarthy, Cecilia Pinto  Engineering the NYC Subway System
Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     ABDO/Core Library

Slingerland, Janet  Engineering the Eiffel Tower
Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     ABDO/Core Library

Building by Design series. Each book in this engaging engineering-focused series describes the history and construction of a famous structure, and explains how the landmark is maintained today. Sidebars (some with prompts and website links) as well as photographs, drawings, and diagrams enhance each main text’s four chapters. Each book includes “Straight to the Source” pages quoting a primary source, discussion questions throughout, and additional appended facts. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Machines and Technology; Engineering; Eiffel Tower; Construction; Paris (France); Bridges; San Francisco (CA); Golden Gate Bridge (CA); Buildings; Rome, Ancient; New York (NY); Vehicles—Subways

Kallen, Stuart A.  Cutting Edge Energy Technology
Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint

Kallen, Stuart A.  Cutting Edge Entertainment Technology
Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint

Sheen, Barbara  Cutting Edge Military Technology
Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint

Sheen, Barbara  Cutting Edge Transportation Technology
Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint

Steffens, Bradley  Cutting Edge Internet Technology
Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint

Cutting Edge Technology series. These five dense books provide a report on current (as of publication) innovations in a variety of engineering fields, including alternative energies, communications, vehicles, weapons, and virtual realities. The focus is more on description of the products than on explanation of the underlying science. Photographs of the many technological products and of people designing them, promoting them, and interacting with them are included. Reading list, websites. Ind.
Subjects: Machines and Technology; Internet; Computers; Energy; Motion pictures; Amusement parks; Music; Television; Toys; Games; Weapons; Armed forces; Transportation; Vehicles

Smibert, Angie  Exciting Engineering Activities
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Capstone

First Facts: Curious Scientists series. Simple activities provide an introduction to different fields of engineering, exploring structures, circuits, water filtration, and robotics. Each project includes a materials list (most are common household items); steps to complete the activity, illustrated with photos; and a paragraph explaining how it works. Safety tips are given where needed. Nothing groundbreaking, but good fun for primary-grade STEM curricula. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Machines and Technology; Experiments; Science projects; Engineering

From the May 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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