A Skyscraper Reaches Up
A Skyscraper Reaches Up
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Annotation: Explains how engineers design skyscrapers, and outlines the steps of the engineering design process to explain how the structure is planned to overcome the physical obstacles involved and to meet peoples' needs.
Genre: Visual arts
Catalog Number: #135894
Format: Library Binding
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 24 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7787-2904-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-7787-2904-4
Dewey: 720
LCCN: 2016055766
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
With an emphasis on STEM in libraries and classrooms, students are hearing more about engineering. But what exactly do engineers do? Beginning with a child wondering about a problem, such as a quicker way to travel around a lake, the titles in the Be an Engineer! series not only look at engineers as problem solvers but at some of their real-world problems. Each book identifies how engineers solve these problems through the engineering design process, which includes asking questions, brainstorming, planning and making a model, testing and improving, and communicating the results. A Skyscraper Reaches Up emphasizes how building materials and support systems help ascertain the height of a building. Complemented by numerous photos of diverse engineers in action, the volumes conclude with an actual engineering disaster, like a tunnel collapse or dam failure, and a related activity for kids to try out their engineering skills. Clear steps and examples make this series a worthy addition to any STEM collection.
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ALA Booklist (8/1/17)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 23) and index.
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Lexile: 930L

Engineers design skyscrapers to help solve the challenge of making room for a large number of people on a small piece of land. Young readers will learn about the steps in the engineering design process and see what shapes and materials are used in construction to make tall buildings stable. A link to interactive activities online plus an activity in the book allow readers to create skyscrapers that can withstand weight, weather, natural disasters--and time!

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