Abby Invents the Foldibot

Author: Dr. Arlyne Simon
Lower Age: 4
Upper Age: 9
Price: $17.99
Year Added: 2021
Abby Invents the Folidbot Book Cover
Abby and her brother Miko set out on their quest to create a folding machine to help their mother with the laundry. Book (Signed!) can be purchased on the author's website.

Abby Invents the Foldibot is a book written by Dr. Arlyne Simon and illustrated by Diana Necsulescu for ages 4-9. The children follow all the steps of the engineering design process to create a functioning machine including interviewing stakeholders, conducting research, brainstorming, and following through on the iterative design process. The children’s machine doesn’t work on the first try and they must go back and redesign their machine until it works, introducing children to the concept of iterative design. Engineering design and prototyping is a long and complicated process, and Abby Invents the Foldibot breaks down every step into concepts that children can easily comprehend. The book teaches children the value of perseverance and teamwork, while also introducing engineering principles and tools such as engineering drawings and patents.

The incredible detail of engineering design combined with the fun story and colorful illustrations make Abby Invents the Foldibot a great choice for children of a variety of ages!

Framework Categories

Engineering Thinking (EThink)
Teamwork (Team)
Communication related to Engineering (Comm-Engr)
Processes of Design (POD)
Issues, Solutions, and Impacts (ISI)
Engineering Tools and Processes (ETool)

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