Author(s): Russell, Harriet, Milton, Jon,
Date of Publication: 30/01/2020,
Pagination: 96 pages, 96 Illustrations, color,
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd,
Published By: Thames & Hudson Ltd,
Book Classification: Science & technology: general interest (Children's / Teenage), Interest age: from c 9 years, Interactive & activity books & packs
This activity book helps children to think like an inventor by introducing key engineering concepts in a highly visual and entertaining way. Through fun activities and Harriet Russell's playful illustrations, it encourages readers to engage with new ideas and think about problems in a creative way. The book explores the six key aspects of engineering that are essential to any successful inventor: problem-finding, designing, making and testing, improving your invention, building techniques and how to find new uses for existing objects.
Each spread centres on an open-ended question that introduces a different way of approaching an invention. Activities include making a bridge from toothpicks and mini marshmallows; inventing a way to lift this book without touching it; building a painting robot; designing your own remote control; and harvesting electricity from a banana. At the end of the book is a tinkering lab, which includes paper-based crafts and engineering activities.