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Repurpose It: Invent New Uses for Old Stuff
Repurpose It: Invent New Uses for Old Stuff
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Repurpose It: Invent New Uses for Old Stuff

Create amazing inventions and help the environment at the same time. In Repurpose It, you’ll invent a solar still, a bug robot, a textbook safe, and many other resourceful contraptions. When it comes to inventing, your imagination has no limits!

PublisherCapstone Press
BrandFact Finders
Age Level8-10 Years
Reading LevelGrades 1-2
Trim Size0 x 0
Page Count32



Booklist - Ann Kelley

"“It’s fun, it’s free, and it’s green!” This title in the Invent It series focuses on using basic engineering skills – and your own imaginations – to repurpose garbage. After leading readers through the “Six Steps of Inventing,” the book offers step-by-step numbered instructions for seven do-it-yourself projects. What to do with that old cell phone lying around? You can use the vibrating motor to make a small buglike robot. Plastic shopping bags may transform into a colorful rain poncho, while out-of-date textbooks serve as a hollowed-out hiding place for money and other valuables. These are not the simplest projects, and they require adult supervision at times, as well as careful measurement. While some reconfigurations might seem random (like turning plastic eight-pack soda rings into a lawn chair seat), they can serve as jumping-off points for further projects. In fact, additional ideas are provided throughout – for instance, in the case of the poncho, shopping bags can also be recycled into a school bag or tent (no instructions provided). The projects will likely fire up imaginations and encourage eco responsibility." - Booklist

December 15, 2012

Library Media Connection Online - Marion Mueller

"Each title in this series begins with a six step process for the budding engineer to follow; seven or eight projects follow the steps. While the statement of engineering principles is a positive, few middle school students will be able to state them without adult guidance. Full-color photos take the reader through the “create” step. The “improve” step lends itself to additional scientific or engineering processes and is a highlight of the series." - Library Media Connection Online

November 1, 2012

Tammy Enz

Tammy Enz

Tammy Enz became a civil engineer because of her awe of the massive steel bridges that spanned the Mississippi River. She just had to figure out how they worked. Today, she still likes tinkering and figuring out how things work. When she isn't tinkering, she fixes up old houses and conducts experiments in her garden and kitchen. Most of all, she loves reading books about anything and everything and asking 'why?'

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