A-maze-ing Tunnels

A-maze-ing Tunnels

The underground city of Derinkuyu was made of a series of tunnels and caves, which could fit about 20,000 people! The city had stables, cellars, storage rooms, and chapels, just like an aboveground city. You can make your own tunnel city.
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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.



School Library Connection
“This is a good nonfiction STEM-based book that provides a collection of activities perfect for enthusiastic readers or to combine with a makerspace. . . .If you are looking for new engineering books for upper elementary school students this book would be a good choice. Recommended

Ming Lu, Professor of Construction Engineering & Management, University of Alberta
Tunnels! provides a fascinating account of history, evolution, and current state of tunnel engineering. Complex engineering fundamentals are explained in straightforward language and fun illustrations. Kudos to the publisher and author on a job well done to decipher the code of tunnel design and construction while engaging the curious mind of a young reader in engineering.”


Detailed Book Description

Moles, beavers, rabbits . . . these animals burrow tunnels in the ground every day! What other kind of creature makes tunnels? Humans!

In Tunnels! With 25 Science Projects for Kids, children ages 7 to 10 explore the fascinating world of passageways beneath the ground, dug deep within the earth through soil and rock. But why dig through rock to make a tunnel? Tunnels give people a way to travel and transport goods from one place to another. Readers learn about the engineering and construction that go into every tunnel made, whether it's being dug under roads, under oceans, or under cities. Links to primary sources for kids offer a unique, interactive learning experience, while fun facts, engaging illustrations, timeline, glossary, and lots of resources keep kids wanting to learn more about the engineering design process.

Try these hands-on STEM activities!

  • Create a tunnel maze
  • Design a series of tunnels on graph paper
  • Experiment with beam strength
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 Tunnels

Chapter 1
Why Do We Build Tunnels?

Chapter 2
Engineers and Designs

Chapter 3
Tools, Machines, and More!

Chapter 4
Types of Tunnels

Chapter 5
Famous Tunnels and Future Tunnels

Metric Conversions Resources
Essential Questions