Author: Beth L Andrews
Product Code: 9228
ISBN: 978-1-59363-922-8
Pages: 208
Availability: In stock.

With its varied and engaging activities, Hands-On Engineering prompts students to understand and apply the methodologies of design and engineering as they create innovative solutions to challenges. Each challenge requires students to think analytically, assess new situations, and solve a hands-on, real-world problem. As students design their own boats, skyscrapers, wheelbarrows, hammocks, and more, they will need perseverance, imagination, and teamwork. This book's emphasis on practical skills, problem solving, and collaboration makes it an ideal tool with which to teach valuable 21st-century skills.

Grades 4–7


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by Heather Manchester
on 8/8/2012
from Orange County
Challenge your students
As a sixth grade teacher of advanced students, I love the challenges in this book.  They are hands-on and keep the students engaged with active problem solving.  The students are motivated to learn the concepts because they know they will immediately apply what they learn to the project at hand.   They also reflect on, evaluate, and improve their ideas, which extends the learning.

The author has helpfully linked the material to relevant websites, and with the interactive and collaborative nature of the activities, I can successfully mix gifted learners with regular and special ed students.  

My favorite challenge is “Whatever Floats Your Boat.”  It’s exciting to bring in a huge tub of water and watch the kids try to keep their boats afloat while loading the boats with one golf ball after another.  I highly recommend this book to other educators.
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Review: Mindprint Learning - February 8, 2016

Hands-On Engineering provides teachers with 26 engaging engineering lessons and hands-on activities to use with their classes. Each lesson is designed to develop scientific and mathematical skills, as well as the underlying problem solving, abstract reasoning, and creative thinking skills. Teachers are provided with a detailed overview of how to use the book, as well as step-by-step instructions for each lesson, corresponding activity, and student worksheets. Each lesson has individual learning and discovery along with a team design challenge, such as building a hammock or a raft. Teachers are provided with clear guidance on materials, goals, preparation and procedure.

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Review by: Alicia Eames, School Library Journal - August 5, 2013
Designed for use in grades 4–7 and aligned with “various standards for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM),” this compendium offers 26 kid-friendly lessons that teach science concepts through student-designed and tested objects . . . From designing a transportable bridge to creating a catapult that hurls pennies to making an egg-cooking solar oven, kids are bound to learn important concepts as they build.
Review by: Janet Acerra, NSTA Recommends - September 13, 2012
The activities in the book address standards and are a perfect fit for helping students to connect science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a way that is fun and inviting. As a classroom resource, this book can help teachers can bring out the “inner engineers” in their students!

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