STEAM Ahead with Books About Engineering

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What is STEAM? It is a term that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Check out the books below to start exploring the world of engineering. 


For Younger Readers:

Build It! : Structures, Systems and You by Adrienne Mason. Explores the function of structures, the materials they're made of, how their parts are joined together and more.

How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons. Describes how the surveyor, heavy machinery operators, carpenter crew, plumbers, and other workers build a house.

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Davis. Examines how the engineer George Ferris invented and constructed the amusement park ride that bears his name for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrew Beaty. A young, aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba. The author details how he ignored naysayers and was able to bring electricity and running water to his Malawian village when he built a makeshift windmill out of scrap metal and spare parts. 

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. A story about an inventive girl and her best friend in the whole wide world (her dog).

For Older Readers:

Engineering in Action Series by Various Authors. These informative books explore several fields of engineering such as: optical, environmental, chemical, and audio engineering.

Great Idea: Engineering Series by Various Authors. This series explains how construction projects such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Large Hadron Collider, the Hoover Dam, and the Chunnel were completed.

The LEGO Play Book: Ideas to Bring Your Bricks to Life by Daniel Lipkowitz. Presents instructions for creating models, animals, and other objects from LEGO bricks, including a fairy tale cottage, an underwater scene, a triceratops, and a skeleton.

Nick and Tesla's Secret Agent Gadget Battle by Bob Pflugfelder. When they discover that someone is spying on their Uncle Newt, whiz kids Nick and Tesla build a variety of outrageous gadgets designed to expose who is responsible.

Ruby Goldberg's Bright Idea by Anna Humphrey.  Ruby is determined to win the gold with her fifth-grade science fair project, a Rube Goldberg machine to help her grandfather, but the real prize turns out to be something completely unexpected.

Skyscrapers: Investigate Feats of Engineering by Donna Latham. Explores key types of skyscrapers throughout the world, discussing materials and construction technologies as well as the function and locations of important skyscrapers.


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