Power Paper

Power Paper

Think about some words you might associate with paper, such as thin or rip, and then think of the words you might associate with a textbook, such as heavy. Do you think that sheets of paper could support the weight of one of your textbooks? Why or why not?
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Build a Craft Stick Catapult

Build a Craft Stick Catapult

From Engines!

Ancient armies used catapults in battle. But the catapult has been used as recently as World War I. In that war, soldiers used catapults to toss hand grenades at the enemy. Today, catapults are used to launch planes off the decks of huge ships called aircraft carriers. Because the runway is short on an aircraft carrier, the catapult helps get the plane into the air quickly. Try making your own!

Design a Poll

Design a Poll

From Big Data

Often, data is collected using a poll or survey. A poll or survey asks questions about people’s opinion on a topic. In this activity, you will design and conduct your own poll.

Take a Turing Test

Take a Turing Test

From Artificial Intelligence

In 1950, an English computer scientist named Alan Turing (1912–1954) devised a test to tell a person from a computer. You’re going to try this with a Chatbot. This is an online computer program that is designed to mimic a human.

Observing Forces Of Motion

Observing Forces Of Motion

From Projectile Science

When something moves, a lot is going on that we don’t see. But we can make deductions based on our observations of different movements! Try moving different objects on different surfaces and see what you learn.



“The architecture and engineering of skyscraper technology is presented in a clear, concise manner for young readers. Advanced engineering concepts such as shear and gravity forces, wind loading, and structural behavior are all explained lucidly. I can recommend this book to any young reader who has an interest in architecture and engineering and wishes to explore skyscrapers.”

—Paul J. Armstrong, Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture, University of Illinois

Skyscrapers! shows how science has been used to build some of the world’s tallest buildings. Hands-on experiments let junior engineers and architects explore these principles first-hand while learning about the history and importance of skyscrapers around the world.”

—Thomas Leslie, FAIA, Professor in Architecture, Iowa State University

“This exciting book demystifies a complex subject of high-rise design and engineering to young readers. Illustrated with case studies and examples, it covers the history, technology, design, and vocabulary associated with tall buildings.”

—Ajla Aksamija, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts

Detailed Book Description

Look up, up, up! How do skyscrapers get so tall? Skyscrapers are amazing feats of engineering that kids (and adults!) find fascinating. How do they get so high? How do they stay standing? Who is involved in designing and building these gravity-defying structures?

In Skyscrapers! With 25 Science Projects for Kids, children ages 7 to 10 learn about the principles of engineering that are used in building skyscrapers, as well as the history of skyscrapers themselves. Readers also explore the kinds of professionals that contribute to the raising of a skyscraper, from engineers to architects to construction teams. To answer the burning question on every young engineer's mind–how do skyscrapers stay standing?–readers discover the important designs used to build tall buildings.

Try these hands-on STEAM activities!

  • Experiment with earthquake-resistant materials
  • Test the relative strength of different shapes
  • Discover the effect of vibration on structures
Available In:
Hardcover, $19.95
Paperback, $14.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 96 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Engineering & Technology



Let’s Explore Skyscrapers

Chapter 1
Why Do We Need Skyscrapers?

Chapter 2
Engineering and Design

Chapter 3
Types of Skyscrapers

Chapter 4
Let the Building Begin!

Chapter 5
Famous Skyscrapers

Metric Conversions
Essential Questions