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Do you have a need for speed? Does power make your heart pound? In Zoom It, you’ll invent a gas powered boat, a catapult, an electric car, and many other amazing moving contraptions. When it comes to inventing, your imagination has no limits!
"Engineer Tammy Enz illustrates seven projects with photos and step-by-step instructions. One project is “water shoes.” Leonardo da Vinci came up with designs for lots of things, she writes, including shoes for walking on water. Water-shoe inventors need to have a passing acquaintance with the principle of buoyancy, which describes why objects float. And they’ve got to think about ways to spread out their weight. This is a great guide for kids who want to get their “engineering” feet wet." - Ithaca Child
December 1, 2012
"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 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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