Academic journal article Science and Children

Cool Engineering Activities for Girls

Academic journal article Science and Children

Cool Engineering Activities for Girls

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E. Schwartz. 32 pp. $27.32. 2012. ISBN: 9781429676779. Capstone Press. (Grades 3-4)

A consultant for this book is a director in the Society of Women Engineers. So although several of the activities, such as making jewelry and tie-dye engineering, may seem stereotypical, the book is worth another look. If activities like these are what it takes for a girl to get interested in engineering then I'm all for it.

There are 10 activities in all and each present the science behind the activity with vocabulary explained in a section called "Insider Info" for each one. In fact, this is where I learned that there are several kinds of CDs, a music CD and a CD-R (recordable disc), and if you use a CD-R the jewelry project will not work since in a CD-R the layers will peel off. The two types of discs are made differently with the music CD being pressed using the injection molding process. Other activities, not specifically gender related, include constructing a litter grabber, a paper table, a water filter, and figuring out a carnival secret. …

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