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Shortlisted for the Primary Teacher Update Award 2018

Learn as you do in this hands-on engineering book for kids with Carol Vorderman.

Being an engineer isn't just about wearing a hard hat and looking important while holding a clipboard! It's about looking at the world and trying to figure out how it works. As well as simple engineering projects for kids to try, DK's How to be an Engineer will teach them how to think like an engineer, including materials, building, machines, getting around, and energy. You can find out how engineers use STEAM subjects and their imaginations to fix problems, and take inspiration from engineering heroes such as Leonardo da Vinci, Mae Jemison, and Elon Musk.

This book encourages you to investigate, with amazing projects using things from around your home: find out about materials by crushing loo rolls, learn about jet propulsion with balloons, and build a robot arm from rulers. Fun questions, engineering experiments, and real-life scenarios come together to make engineering relevant. In How to be a Engineer the emphasis is on inspiring kids, which means less time at a computer and more time in the real world!

Do you like solving problems? Are you good at making things? Have you ever dreamed of being an inventor? If so you may be an engineer in the making.

How to Be an Engineer Reviews | Toppsta

9780241316672
  • ISBN: 9780241316672
  • Pub Date: 3rd May 2018
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
  • Imprint: DK Children
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 144

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5th July '18
I read it to Jaanu aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This is a brilliant book that is full of facts and activities. It arrived yesterday and we have been flicking through it to see which experiments we can do at home. 
My son has been learning about Alexander Bell at school, so we will do the 'cup phones' activity from the book, which teaches kids about how sound travels. 
I can see us coming back to this book again and again to help support my son's learning and enhance what he is learning at school. 
14th July '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
Really fantastic book!!! Great colour pages, interesting fun facts and brilliant experiments 
14th July '18
I read it to eric_ aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This book is even better than I already imagined it would be: fantastic for kids that love constructing things! And for their parents! 
It has some very interesting and not too complicated experiments/activities that are great to explain some important concepts in engineering and in such a way that kids can understand. My son is 4 and is already super excited about the book and various experiments. Most of the experiments are already great to do with my son now, but also in the following years we can do them all over and over again and he'll learn more and more with them.

This book has a very nice combination of images/photos/text and colours to keep all the kids entertained. Also the size of the text is good for kids that read already. This book isn't only about experiments, it explains each of the main areas of engineering and shows examples of some important people in each area (it even has some women as well). It starts with a section about materials, and then it goes to structures, machines and finally ending with a section about energy.
5th July '18
I read it to aiwilford aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This book is absolutely amazing for any budding engineer or scientist. There's loads of really simple experiments, machines and constructions to be done or made. The majority of the equipment needed can be found around the house. I have lots of experiment books but there's loads in here I have never seen. My boy is desperate to do every single experiment! 
9th July '18
I read it to 1breakdancer aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
This is a totally cracking book for the budding engineer! Highly recommended. The experiments are straightforward and don't require special equipment. They are also really well explained in simple language so the reader understands the point of doing it (something I have found lacking in other books). As well as explaining different engineering principles, there are biogs of different engineers (including women) who have made contributions to history which puts a very practical spin on things and helps explain the different jobs engineering can lead to.  My 7 year old son thinks it is absolutely fantastic and has been taking it to bed with him every night. This week in school he had to say what job he would like to do, and of course he wants to be an engineer! 
10th July '18
I read it to dani aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This book is a great way to get children interested in engineering. It has a great combination of scientific facts, history, and biographies. The best part is that it contains quite a few experiments using easily available items. We've already made a simple pulley and are eager to try some more during the summer holidays. I like how easy the experiments are and how they demonstrate engineering concepts. This is a fantastic book for parents of younger children to read and do together, but it would also be ideal for older children to read and try independently. I think this book will provide months of educational fun. I'm going to try to use some of the activities with the slightly younger children I work with.
11th July '18
I read it to fifebookboy aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
I was really pleased to have won this book and we were not disappointed when it arrived. This is a fantastic book with loads of engineering activities and experiments to do, we have just ordered some cocktail sticks and gumdrops in our online shop to make some different types of constructions. The book also has profiles of engineers from history, both male and female. I felt that the language used and length of text on each spread is pitched perfectly at my six year old, who is a fluent reader but doesn't always have the confidence when faced with large amounts of text. The illustrations and photography are bright, colourful and appealing. We are planning on working our way through all the activities.
12th July '18
AS100 read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This is a brilliant book for budding engineers who want to understand how everything works.  It is a bright colourful book with easy to follow text in bite sized pieces great for kids to pick up and read themselves.  The experiments are easy to follow and use everyday or easily accessible materials.  
The book is split into 5 chapters (Amazing materials, Strong structures, Mighty machines, Getting around and Incredible energy).  
This is a book that we will reference frequently as I am sure it will supplement school STEM activities and we are looking forward to having great fun with the experiments over the holidays.
Would highly recommend.
12th July '18
Ewanm read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
I really like this book, not only does it tell you how things work but has great experiments you can do at home, mum likes that the experiments can be done with things that we have at home already or can be got easily and cheaply, we are planning to do lots of experiments during the summer holidays which I can't wait for, no being bored for me now with this book
4th July '18
I read it to LucasChops aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
What a cracker of a book this is!  Full of fun experiments and builds that are easy to create using every day household objects.
The illustrations are big, bold, colourful and easy to follow.  Experiments range from creating a suspension bridge and a roller coaster to proper "getting your hands dirty" mud bricks.
It is split into 5 main categories - Amazing materials, Strong Structures, Mighty Machines, Getting Around and Incredible Energy.
Each section has it's own set of experiments based around that subject and gives you some history of famous engineers in that field.
Practical stuff mixed with history - enough to get any budding engineer excited!
13th July '18
I read it to Willkidd aged 10 aged 10
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4 stars
I really enjoyed this book as it has lots of experiments you can try at home withOut having to buy much extra. The pictures are easy to follow and explain the experiment.
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About Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman is a British celebrity. She is a STEM expert and her first degree was in engineering, at Cambridge University. She regularly appears on television and has won many awards for her educational work. She has worked on many books for DK, including Help Your Kids With Maths and several educational workbooks for young children....

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