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Look Inside How Computers Work

Author: Alex Frith
Lower Age: 5+
Price: $14.99
Year Added: 2018
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Look Inside How Computers Work, by Usborne Publishing, is a book for children ages  five and up. This gift is an interactive learning experience that explains in pop-up form the science and engineering design that goes into the development and function of computers. The gift promotes engineering thinking in that it helps explain the origin of computers and expand the idea that a computer is not just the traditional computer you imagine but has become part of every major machine technology.

Through large, colorful illustrations, his book illustrates the different elements of design that go into creating a useful computer. This gift is great for its target ages audience and is likely to help them kindle a positive interest in engineering thinking. It will get the reader excited and informed about many different, important concepts and the science that goes into their function, and offers a starting point for the reader to continue to learn more on their own.

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:  learn about the problem, create a prototype or process, analyze a solution, recognize patterns, and apply science knowledge

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: a problem to be solver, a client, a user, constraints

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: spatial reasoning skills, computational thinking, creative thinking, evidence-based reasoning, design, problem solving, logical thinking, iterative design

Overall ratings:

  • Children’s Reviews
    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “I like playing with it. What makes it fun is trying to figure out the puzzle.”
  • Parents Reviews
    • Rating: NA
    • Feedback:
      • NA
  • Engineering and STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “maybe not super good at invoking EDT(Engineering Design and Thinking), but it is a good introduction to stem/EDT
      • “I found this gift to be good because it helps illustrate in before-after pop-up book form how computers and technology processes work.”