Try Styrofoam Printing

Try Styrofoam Printing

Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press during the Renaissance. Before this invention, books were made by hand. The text was copied word by word. The printing press made the creation and distribution of books much easier, so more people could have access to books and read them. In this activity, you’ll try your own method of printing.
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Make Your Own Gordian Knot

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

From The Silk Road

One legend says Alexander conquered Asia by solving the puzzle of the Gordian Knot. According to a prophecy, whoever untied this endless knot would rule the continent. Alexander took the direct approach—he cut the knot open with his sword. Today, a “Gordian knot” means an unsolvable problem. No one knows exactly what the Gordian Knot looked like. But you can make a knot called a Turk’s Head appear “endless” by joining the ends after it’s...

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Make a Culture Collage

Make a Culture Collage

From The Renaissance Thinkers

We use the term Renaissance to define the years in Europe from the 1300s through the 1600s. Is there one word or phrase that defines the era we live in right now? Let’s make a Culture Collage and see if we can find one.

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The Human Body in Art

The Human Body in Art

From The Renaissance Artists

Leonardo was one of several Renaissance artists who dissected human corpses. Why did they do that? To better understand the form and function of the human body, which they believed was created in the image of God. To them, the human body—inside and out—was a work of wonder.

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Can You Guess the Scent?

Can You Guess the Scent?

From The Renaissance Explorers

Many of the world’s most popular spices are grown in India. Can you guess what they are without peeking?

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Reviews

Dig Magazine 
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.”

Kirkus Reviews
“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
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
9781619306837
Paperback, $14.95
9781619306851
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 112 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: World History

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
Invention During the Renaissance

Chapter 1
Johannes Gutenberg The Written Word for Everyone

Chapter 2
Leon Battista Alberti Writing, Painting, Architecture, and Science

Chapter 3
Leonardo da Vinci A Renaissance Man with Ideas on Everything

Chapter 4
Gerardus Mercator Mapping the World

Chapter 5
Galileo Galilei Astronomy, Math, and all the Tools We Need

Glossary
Resources
Index