Cardboard Box Engineering: Cool, Inventive Projects for Tinkerers, Makers & Future Scientists

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Cardboard is everywhere! For creative kids aged 9 to 14, it's the perfect eco-friendly building material, and Cardboard Box Engineering is the perfect guide to get them started on inventive tinkering. A working kaleidoscope, a marble roller coaster, a robotic hand, and a wind-powered tractor with cardboard gears are just some of the ingenious projects developed by Jonathan Adolph, author of the best-selling Mason Jar Science. Working with simple household tools, kids can follow the step-by-step photographic instructions to exercise their design smarts, expand their 3-D thinking, and learn the basics of physics and engineering with activities that have real-life applications.


"I really wish I'd had a book like this when I was a kid, and I think any young person who gets their hands on this book is really lucky. Who knows what kind of awesomeness this will inspire? I can't think of a better way to get kids away from screens and working with their hands, thinking, and inventing. This book might even change the world!" -- Christian Ristow, robotic sculpture artist


"STEAM activities, such as the ones featured throughout the text, foster creativity, problem-solving, and teach the value of repurposing items... An engaging addition to any "How To" section. This book could be an exciting resource for students and teachers."
-- School Library Journal


Table of Contents:

1 The Science of Engineering
2 Mechanical Marvels: Robotics & Animatronics
Extending Grabber
Robotic Hand
Flying Pterodactyl
Swinging Monkey
3 Sights & Sounds: Audio & Optical Engineering
Cup Amplifier
Hollering Horn Amplifier
Box Periscope
4 Built to Move: Aeronautics & Nautical Engineering
Simple Spinner: Twisted Propeller
Three-Wing Boomerang
Rocket Blaster
Missile Helicopter
Soaring Sailplane
Paddlewheel Boat
5 Elegant Design: Mechanical Engineering
Floating Hummingbird
Rolling Roller Coaster
Air Cannon
Hand-Made Spin Art
Chain Reaction Station
6 We've Got the Power: Harnessing Energy
Big Wheel
Solar Cooker
Wind-Powered Tractor
7 Serious Fun: Game Design
Tabletop Straw Soccer
Shoebox Hockey
Bouncy Skee Ball
Personalized Pinball
Jonathan Adolph is the author of Cardboard Box Engineering and the best-selling Mason Jar Science. As the former editor of the award-winning FamilyFun magazine, he developed hundreds of "stealth learning" games and kitchen-science activities during his 20-year career. He specializes in making technical information fun for kids and is an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Massachusetts. He lives with his family in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Target Age Group: 9-14

Storey Publishing/Workman

Pub Date: October 27, 2020

0.5" H x 10.8" L x 8.4" W

176 pages