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-level 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 clean 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.