Shannon Hunt
James Gulliver Hancock

How do you land a rover on Mars, resolve a perpetual traffic jam or save a herd of caribou from potential extinction? Ask an engineer! Author Shannon Hunt presents nine real-life problems for which engineers designed inventive (and even crazy!) solutions. Each was solved using a different field of engineering --- from aerospace and mechanical to the new field of geomatics. A helpful seven-step flowchart of the engineering design process is also featured: define the problem, investigate the requirements, develop solutions, design a prototype, test it, improve it and share the idea. These steps are highlighted in each chapter with helpful icons that refer back to the flowchart. Sidebars, biographies of the engineers and fun detailed illustrations by James Gulliver Hancock help flesh out the stories and bring them to life.

This terrific introduction to some fascinating practical applications of engineering is sure to inspire the natural engineer in every child. With its emphasis on real-world connections to the math, science and technology skills applied with critical thinking and creative problem solving, this book is a natural for encouraging STEM education (science, technology, engineering, math). With so many direct curriculum applications for grades three to seven, and in following with the guidelines in the Next Generation Science Standards, this book is a perfect resource for classrooms and libraries, as well as anywhere a makerspace is found. Includes a table of contents, glossary and index.

978-1-77138-560-2 | Sep 5, 2017
List Price: USD $17.99, CAD $18.99
4-color 8 1/2 x 11 48 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

Awards & Reviews

“Eye-opening, encouraging, and attractive ...”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, May 2017
“With energetic, colorful visuals and layouts, plus real-world problem-solving applications, this offers an engaging, accessible introduction to engineering ...”
— Booklist, August 2017
“Great graphic-style pictures create interest and inspiration.”
— The Calgary Herald, November 2017
“... an exceptional book full of interesting and intriguing innovations ...”
— CM Magazine, December 2017
“... an excellent introduction for both the budding engineer and for a kid who simply wants to understand how we approach problems and find solutions.”
— Canadian Children's Book News, April 2018
2020 - Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List, Texas Library Association, Listed
2019 - Silver Birch Nonfiction Award, Ontario Library Association, Nominated
2018 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2018 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2017 - Eureka! Honor Award, California Reading Association, Winner

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