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Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover

Author: Markus Motum
Lower Age: 8+
Price: $22.99
Year Added: 2018
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Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover is a book written and illustrated by Markus Motum and recommended for children ages 8 and up. Through a short narrative, the book introduces the Curiosity rover, as well as other Mars missions, from the point of view of the rover itself! The book starts by defining the purpose of Curiosity, discussing why it was sent to Mars and what data scientists hoped to collect, and the background considerations and design constraints that went into its creation. The book does a excellent job of providing the scientific considerations that went into the entire curiosity mission in an easily accessible way. One of the best things about this book is the beautiful watercolor-styled illustrations, which are used in conjunction with the text to provide a sense of scale, and to help children visualize some of the processes described. This book encourages engineering thinking and design by representing the design process involved in creating the Curiosity rover in a simple and engaging way.


Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Learn about the problem, plan a solution, test the solution, analyze a solution, and apply science knowledge

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem to be solved by developing a new or improved tool, Criteria, Constraints

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Design, Problem Solving, Logical thinking           

Overall ratings:

  • Children’s Reviews
    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • I like Curiosity. I like hearing about his story.
  • Parents Reviews
    • Rating: NA
    • Feedback: NA
  • Engineering and STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • The book does a really good job of discussing the process and need for the curiosity rover in a simple way. It promotes engineering thinking by walking through the process more than challenging the reader to think about the problem for themselves, however seeing the process is helpful to encouraging engineering thinking as well.