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Frank Einstein and the EvoBlaster Belt

Lower Age: 8
Upper Age: 12
Website: http://www.abramsbooks.com/product/frank-einstein-and-the-evoblaster-belt-frank-einstein-series-4_9781419718878/
Price: $13.95 hardcover, $7.95 paperback
Year Added: 2017
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Frank Einstein and the EvoBlaster Belt, the fourth book in the Frank Einstein series for children ages eight and older, follows Frank the kid genius and his friends as they go camping to get away from the hustle and bustle of life in Midville. While on their trip, they learn a lot about biology, evolution, and how different species are related to each other. While on a nature hike, they discover a secret area and Frank, ever curious, decides to find a way to get in to see what lies in the mysterious Area 51. Whether or not Frank successfully finishes his mission depends on what happens when his archenemy, T. Edison, shows up. While sharing Frank’s adventures, the story also explains concepts of evolution and biology. A clear problem is defined and Frank then designs an invention as a solution. It is a fun story that will still get children to think creatively and inspire them to create inventions to solve problems in their lives just like Frank Einstein.

 

 

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, 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, problem solving

 

 

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      • “Unlike the other Frank Einstein books, this one doesn't promote engineering thinking and design as much because there isn't a big focus on the design of the invention. It explains concepts of biology and evolution and there is a problem defined, but the book doesn't show the engineering behind the EvoBlaster Belt, Frank just comes up with it out of nowhere.”