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Peg + Cat: The Race Car Problem

Lower Age: 3
Upper Age: 7
Website: http://www.candlewick.com/cat.asp?browse=Title&mode=book&isbn=076367558X&pix=n
Price: $12.99
Year Added: 2016

In Peg + Cat: The Race Car Problem, Peg and Cat decide to enter the Tallapegga Twenty, a twenty lap go kart race. They set out to design the best car they can using parts they find lying around and make sure to design it so that it easily rolls. This aspect of the story stresses the principles of designing for a specific function and effectively using available materials. During the race, the two quickly become discouraged as they realize that other competitors have built significantly bigger and faster race cars. Nonetheless, Peg and Cat decide to stay in the race. As different problems arise, Peg and Cat must quickly analyze the situation in order to  develop a solution. This story is filled with interesting illustrations and lessons that promote the learning of basic mathematical concepts. Together, Peg and Cat introduce children to different parts of the engineering design process, as well as the importance of staying positive despite challenges or unexpected problems that may arise.

 

 

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

Define a problem, learn about the problem, create the prototype or process, test the solution, redesign the solution, make improvements to the solution, apply mathematics, work in a team

 

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem

 

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Critical thinking, creative thinking, working as a team, design, problem solving

 

 

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    • Rating: 3.8 out of 5.0
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      • “Peg + Cat work well together as a team and their drive towards solving their problems introduced them to the basic principles of engineering.”