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Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers

Author: Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (illustrator)
Lower Age: 5
Upper Age: 7
Price: $14.95
Year Added: 2017
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This book is perfect for children between the ages of five and seven that love to take scraps of things lying around their homes and turn them into new and useful creations. With 96 pages of activities, enterprising children will be able to channel their creative energy into designs and prototypes for all kinds of solutions to everyday problems. An example activity is “Mystery Machine,” which asks children to design and draw something that will turn various items into a pie. Another activity points out that engineers often help other people and asks children to draw an example of a time that they helped someone else. The book provides many other spaces like this for free thinking, designing, and reflecting on the importance of failure and teamwork. The engineering design process is also explicitly laid out in clear, jargon-free language that is perfect for a young, novice engineer. Ultimately, kids are pushed to ask questions about the world around them and to find ways to improve what is already there or different problems in their lives and others. Together with a fun narrative arc revolving around Rosie, the precocious engineer, this book provides the information and creative space for children to explore a possible future in engineering.


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, idea generation, plan a solution, try the solution, create a prototype or process, test the solution, analyze the solution, redesign a solution, make improvements to their solution, refine ideas, recognize patterns, communicate their solution, optimize 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 client, a user, criteria, constraints

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


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  • Parents Reviews
    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
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      • “Has good exercises that promote Engineering and help kids understand how engineering things work.”
  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
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      • "This book is perfect for any child that loves to take things from around the house and make new things. The book provides space for free thinking, designing, and reflections on the importance of failure and teamwork. I would've loved to have this to channel my creative energy."