April 1, 2016
Build simple machines!
The Kids' Book of Simple Machines
by Kelly Doudna
A terrific book; this is a fun-filled way to get kids interested in engineering. It'll also make them comfortable using tools. The writing is very clear and informative, and the step-by-step instructions are easy to follow. The colorful pictures are very helpful, not only in illustrating the projects, but in helping kids recognize the simple machines they may use everyday. Spotlights on key inventions like scissors, pinball machines and elevators are concise and interesting. The book ends with instructions on how to make a basic Rube Goldberg machine.
A great book to jump-start budding inventors. It may even have them clamoring for their own maker spaces!