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Frank Einstein and the Bio-Action Gizmo

Author: Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (illustrator)
Lower Age: 8
Upper Age: 12
Price: $13.99 hardcover
Year Added: 2017

Frank Einstein and the Bio-Action Gizmo, the fifth book in the Frank Einstein series, shows the adventures of Frank and his friends as they try to create an invention to stop climate change. For readers eight years and older, this story shows how Frank investigates mysterious happenings in the Midville Forest Preserve and comes up with solutions to the environmental problems he discovers. Unfortunately, none of Frank’s designs are quite right to save the entire planet. The story does a good job illustrating an iterative design process, as Frank tests out every invention and then has to make improvements to redesign them to better fit the problem requirements. This book is a fun way to encourage children to be creative and keep trying to improve their designs as they learn new information through testing.



Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:

Define a problem, ask questions about the problem, make observations, learn about the problem, plan a solution, try the solution, create a prototype or process, communicate their solution, apply mathematics, apply science, work in a team

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

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Critical thinking, creative thinking, working collaboratively, evidence-based reasoning, design, problem solving



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    • Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0
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      • “This book does a good job of showing different iterations throughout the design process, identifying problems with designs, and improving them. The end design ends up just being a reusable bag, which I thought was clever, but wasn't a new or revolutionary product like the other Frank Einstein books. This book can be sort of controversial because it focuses on global warming and only takes one opinion on the subject into account. This wasn't my favorite Frank Einstein book, the first 3 were definitely better than the last two.”