Skyscrapers: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects

Skyscrapers: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects

Over centuries and across cultures people have defied gravity in a quest to build the tallest, grandest structures imaginable.

Skyscrapers: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects invites children ages 9 and up to explore the innovation and physical science behind these towering structures. Trivia and fun facts illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements from the ancient pyramids to the Empire State Building. Readers will develop an understanding of how our modern, sophisticated building techniques and materials evolved over time.

Activities and projects in Skyscrapers: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects, encourage children to explore the engineering design process. They will engage in hands-on explorations of wind, test Newton’s laws of motion, and experiment with the strength of different shapes. In the process they will learn about gravity, inertia, oscillation, and static electricity. Using various materials and engaging in trial and error, readers will construct their own towers and skyscrapers.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $15.95
  • Hardcover, $21.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL V

Subjects

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Physics
  • STEM - STEAM

Author
 

Illustrator
Andrew Christensen 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • black and white interior
  • 128 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Charts
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619301931
  • Hardcover, 9781619301894

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Over centuries and across cultures people have defied gravity in a quest to build the tallest, grandest structures imaginable.

Skyscrapers: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects invites children ages 9 and up to explore the innovation and physical science behind these towering structures. Trivia and fun facts illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements from the ancient pyramids to the Empire State Building. Readers will develop an understanding of how our modern, sophisticated building techniques and materials evolved over time.

Activities and projects in Skyscrapers: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects, encourage children to explore the engineering design process. They will engage in hands-on explorations of wind, test Newton’s laws of motion, and experiment with the strength of different shapes. In the process they will learn about gravity, inertia, oscillation, and static electricity. Using various materials and engaging in trial and error, readers will construct their own towers and skyscrapers.


Reviews

National Science Teachers Association Recommends (NSTA.org)
“. . . Skyscrapers would make an excellent resource for the history or science teacher desiring to try a project based learning (PBL) unit. With its timeline, glossary, and interesting prose, the teacher could challenge students with the question, ‘Would a skyscraper make a good school?’ In fact, this book would make a good springboard for a number of short engineering units. Skyscrapers is a terrific book, especially for elementary teachers looking for ideas to inject more engineering into their classroom.”

School Library Journal
“. . .Simple black-and-white illustrations enhance the narrative and break up the text. The scientific concepts are explained with easy-to-understand and kid-friendly examples. . . This would be a useful title to supplement lessons on architecture, mathematics, or physics for classroom teachers or homeschoolers, and it’s an appealing initiation to the subject.”

Kristine E. Barnes, PE, Structural Engineer
Skyscrapers is a fantastic introduction to the world of civil/structural engineering and the history of some really big projects and tall buildings. The projects help reinforce ideas and give kids a wonderful hands-on learning experience.”

Pam Evans, 6th Grade Teacher, Jefferson Elementary School
“This wonderful book is written in easy-to-understand terms for those of us who are not engineers. The activities and experiments can easily be done in the classroom with inexpensive supplies.”

Kenton D. Wesby, Art Specialist & STEAM Educator, SECME Master Teacher
“This book is awesome. Skyscrapers effectively navigates the basic principles of STEM, at the same time making connections with language arts, social studies, and visual arts. A must have for any teachers’ professional library.”

Glenn Wiggins, Ph.D., AIA, Dean, College of Architecture, Design, and Construction Management, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Skyscrapers does a wonderful job introducing young minds to the wonders and challenges of high-rise building design and the underlying engineering, making complex engineering concepts understandable. Outstanding.”


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Projects

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The Right Footing

A pagoda’s tiers hold up to the force of powerful winds by moving independently. Shibam’s mud skyrises also stand up to the force of wind. But Shibam is vulnerable to floods. Experiment with natural materials to build foundations, determining which best stand up to the forces of wind and water.

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Author-Illustrator

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Donna Latham

Donna Latham is an award-winning author and playwright. She is the author of Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself, Backyard Biology Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door With 25 Projects, Deciduous, Forests, Deserts, Garbage Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out With 25 Projects, Norah Jones, Oceans, Respiration and Photosynthesis, Savannas and Grasslands, and Tundra. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Batavia, Illinois.


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Andrew Christensen

Andrew Christensen has been drawing since he could hold a pencil. He is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies and an art director at a hobby game company. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: V
Subjects: Engineering & Technology, Physics, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

National Science Teachers Association Recommends (NSTA.org)
“. . . Skyscrapers would make an excellent resource for the history or science teacher desiring to try a project based learning (PBL) unit. With its timeline, glossary, and interesting prose, the teacher could challenge students with the question, ‘Would a skyscraper make a good school?’ In fact, this book would make a good springboard for a number of short engineering units. Skyscrapers is a terrific book, especially for elementary teachers looking for ideas to inject more engineering into their classroom.”

School Library Journal
“. . .Simple black-and-white illustrations enhance the narrative and break up the text. The scientific concepts are explained with easy-to-understand and kid-friendly examples. . . This would be a useful title to supplement lessons on architecture, mathematics, or physics for classroom teachers or homeschoolers, and it’s an appealing initiation to the subject.”

Kristine E. Barnes, PE, Structural Engineer
Skyscrapers is a fantastic introduction to the world of civil/structural engineering and the history of some really big projects and tall buildings. The projects help reinforce ideas and give kids a wonderful hands-on learning experience.”

Pam Evans, 6th Grade Teacher, Jefferson Elementary School
“This wonderful book is written in easy-to-understand terms for those of us who are not engineers. The activities and experiments can easily be done in the classroom with inexpensive supplies.”

Kenton D. Wesby, Art Specialist & STEAM Educator, SECME Master Teacher
“This book is awesome. Skyscrapers effectively navigates the basic principles of STEM, at the same time making connections with language arts, social studies, and visual arts. A must have for any teachers’ professional library.”

Glenn Wiggins, Ph.D., AIA, Dean, College of Architecture, Design, and Construction Management, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Skyscrapers does a wonderful job introducing young minds to the wonders and challenges of high-rise building design and the underlying engineering, making complex engineering concepts understandable. Outstanding.”


Projects

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The Right Footing

A pagoda’s tiers hold up to the force of powerful winds by moving independently. Shibam’s mud skyrises also stand up to the force of wind. But Shibam is vulnerable to floods. Experiment with natural materials to build foundations, determining which best stand up to the forces of wind and water.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

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Donna Latham

Donna Latham is an award-winning author and playwright. She is the author of Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself, Backyard Biology Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door With 25 Projects, Deciduous, Forests, Deserts, Garbage Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out With 25 Projects, Norah Jones, Oceans, Respiration and Photosynthesis, Savannas and Grasslands, and Tundra. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Batavia, Illinois.

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Andrew Christensen

Andrew Christensen has been drawing since he could hold a pencil. He is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies and an art director at a hobby game company. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.