“The Renaissance Inventors is one in the new series “The Renaissance for Kids.” Each chapter is devoted to an inventor: Gutenberg, Alberti, da Vinci, and Mercator. Sidebars, well chosen illustrations and photos, along with a variety of boxes (Fast Facts, Wonder Why?, Words of Wonder, Connect, History’s Mysteries, and more) combine with 10 hands-on projects to make this an unforgettable read! Other titles are: “Artists,” “Explorers,” and “Thinkers”! Have fun with all four!”
Praise for other title in the series: The Renaissance Artists
Booklist Starred Review
“. . .This appealing package will attract browsers and be a boon to student researchers and their teachers.”
“The tone is conversational and provokes curiosity over fact mastery and passive consumption. A conscientious examination of the subject that encourages critical thinking, application, and broad perspective.”
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.”
Detailed Book Description
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 15 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
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Invention During the Renaissance
Johannes Gutenberg The Written Word for Everyone
Leon Battista Alberti Writing, Painting, Architecture, and Science
Leonardo da Vinci A Renaissance Man with Ideas on Everything
Gerardus Mercator Mapping the World
Galileo Galilei Astronomy, Math, and all the Tools We Need