The Renaissance Inventors: With History Projects for Kids

Why was the Renaissance such an important period of time in Western history? Who were the innovators who thought of the inventions we still use today?

 

In The Renaissance Inventors with History Projects for Kids, readers 10 through 13 explore the period of European history from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries while focusing on the biographies of five inventors from that time and the creations they brought to the world. The lives of Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Leon Battista Alberti, Johannes Gutenberg, and Gerardus Mercator are brought to life as kids discover the challenges these men faced and the discoveries they made using their critical and creative thinking skills combined with their passion for science and engineering.

 

With 10 hands-on projects that use the engineering design process, kids create their own versions of many amazing inventions from the Renaissance right at home. Fun facts, primary source illustrations, and links to online resources spark an interest in the Renaissance. Even without a time machine, learners can “experience” the Renaissance!

 

The Renaissance Inventors is one of a set of four books in the Renaissance for Kids series. Other titles in the series are The Renaissance Explorers, The Renaissance Artists, and The Renaissance Thinkers.

 

Try these STEAM projects from the world of the Renaissance!

 

Build an Anemometer

Make a Cipher Wheel

Engineer a Parachute

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $14.95
  • Hardcover, $19.95
  • eBook, $9.99

Grade Level 5–8

Ages 10–13

Subjects

  • World History

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Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619306851
  • Hardcover, 9781619306837

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Why was the Renaissance such an important period of time in Western history? Who were the innovators who thought of the inventions we still use today?

 

In The Renaissance Inventors with History Projects for Kids, readers 10 through 13 explore the period of European history from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries while focusing on the biographies of five inventors from that time and the creations they brought to the world. The lives of Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Leon Battista Alberti, Johannes Gutenberg, and Gerardus Mercator are brought to life as kids discover the challenges these men faced and the discoveries they made using their critical and creative thinking skills combined with their passion for science and engineering.

 

With 10 hands-on projects that use the engineering design process, kids create their own versions of many amazing inventions from the Renaissance right at home. Fun facts, primary source illustrations, and links to online resources spark an interest in the Renaissance. Even without a time machine, learners can “experience” the Renaissance!

 

The Renaissance Inventors is one of a set of four books in the Renaissance for Kids series. Other titles in the series are The Renaissance Explorers, The Renaissance Artists, and The Renaissance Thinkers.

 

Try these STEAM projects from the world of the Renaissance!

 

Build an Anemometer

Make a Cipher Wheel

Engineer a Parachute


Reviews

Praise for Amazing Leonardo Inventions You Can Build Yourself

 

The New York Times Book Review

“Anderson regales us with tales of Leonardo’s brilliant, often mischievous nature, and the nearly unfathomable range of his inventions.”

 

School Library Journal

“A welcome addition to schools.”

 

Old Schoolhouse Magazine

“Will keep the kids occupied with constructive activities and is sure to spur on their own creative inventions.”

 

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“More than an activity book, this nifty volume explores Leonardo’s life, times and endless imagination.”

 

KLIATT

“A pleasurable read . . . encourages the young reader to appreciate the unconventional pathfinder.”

 

Publishers Weekly

“Bring[s] an immediacy to da Vinci’s life and work.”

 

Science News

“This educational guide gives children age 9 and up hands-on experience, using materials found readily around the house, with creating their own version of some of Leonardo’s inventions.”

 

Calliope Magazine

Amazing Leonardo Inventions You Can Build Yourself by Maxine Anderson is a terrific resource, with its detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams and templates for creating projects that Leonardo designed. The accompanying text introduces the reader, in a personal way, to one of the world’s greatest inventors.”

 

Curriculum Connections

“Anderson offers an ingenious introduction [to Leonardo] that crosses the curriculum.”

 

Science Books and Films

“The book is perfect for capturing a middle schooler’s attention! Highly Recommended.”

 

Chosen as one of “Our Favorite Things” for the 2006 holidays by Family Fun Magazine

“Decoding Da Vinci’s sometimes ingenious, sometimes outlandish discoveries proves to be great fun in Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself.”

 

Children’s Digest

“Experience the ingenuity of Leonardo da Vinci firsthand.”

 

Children’s Literature

“This is a book of fun and creativity.”

 

The Times Record, Brunswick, ME

“Finally, a da Vinci book even kids will get into.”



Author-Illustrator

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Alicia Klepeis

Alicia Klepeis is a children’s author of both nonfiction and fiction. Her titles include The World’s Strangest Foods, Bizarre Things We’ve Called Medicine, and Understanding Turkey Today. She has also written more than 100 articles in magazines such as National Geographic Kids and FACES. She lives with her family in Hamilton, New York.



More Details

Grade Level: 5–8
Ages: 10–13
Subjects: World History,
Specs: 8 x 10 ,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline,

Reviews

Praise for Amazing Leonardo Inventions You Can Build Yourself

 

The New York Times Book Review

“Anderson regales us with tales of Leonardo’s brilliant, often mischievous nature, and the nearly unfathomable range of his inventions.”

 

School Library Journal

“A welcome addition to schools.”

 

Old Schoolhouse Magazine

“Will keep the kids occupied with constructive activities and is sure to spur on their own creative inventions.”

 

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“More than an activity book, this nifty volume explores Leonardo’s life, times and endless imagination.”

 

KLIATT

“A pleasurable read . . . encourages the young reader to appreciate the unconventional pathfinder.”

 

Publishers Weekly

“Bring[s] an immediacy to da Vinci’s life and work.”

 

Science News

“This educational guide gives children age 9 and up hands-on experience, using materials found readily around the house, with creating their own version of some of Leonardo’s inventions.”

 

Calliope Magazine

Amazing Leonardo Inventions You Can Build Yourself by Maxine Anderson is a terrific resource, with its detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams and templates for creating projects that Leonardo designed. The accompanying text introduces the reader, in a personal way, to one of the world’s greatest inventors.”

 

Curriculum Connections

“Anderson offers an ingenious introduction [to Leonardo] that crosses the curriculum.”

 

Science Books and Films

“The book is perfect for capturing a middle schooler’s attention! Highly Recommended.”

 

Chosen as one of “Our Favorite Things” for the 2006 holidays by Family Fun Magazine

“Decoding Da Vinci’s sometimes ingenious, sometimes outlandish discoveries proves to be great fun in Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself.”

 

Children’s Digest

“Experience the ingenuity of Leonardo da Vinci firsthand.”

 

Children’s Literature

“This is a book of fun and creativity.”

 

The Times Record, Brunswick, ME

“Finally, a da Vinci book even kids will get into.”


Projects


Author-Illustrator

author image

Alicia Klepeis

Alicia Klepeis is a children’s author of both nonfiction and fiction. Her titles include The World’s Strangest Foods, Bizarre Things We’ve Called Medicine, and Understanding Turkey Today. She has also written more than 100 articles in magazines such as National Geographic Kids and FACES. She lives with her family in Hamilton, New York.