This activity book helps children to think like an inventor by introducing key engineering concepts in a highly visual and entertaining way. Through fun activities and Harriet Russell’s playful illustrations, it encourages readers to engage with new ideas and think about problems in a creative way.
The book explores the six key aspects of engineering that are essential to any successful inventor: problem-finding, designing, making and testing, improving your invention, building techniques and how to find new uses for existing objects. Each spread centres on an open-ended question that introduces a different way of approaching an invention. Activities include making a bridge from toothpicks and mini marshmallows; inventing a way to lift this book without touching it; building a painting robot; designing your own remote control; and harvesting electricity from a banana. At the end of the book is a tinkering lab, which includes paper-based crafts and engineering activities.
Get started: discover your inventing style; hate something, change something; fill your inventing toolbox; spin the wheel of invention; wreck your tech • Amazing Materials: hunt around your house; feed the birds; invent a new use for paper; sweeten some science; engineer your do • Transport and Machines: slide like a snail; ping your prince; pimp your ride; fly like a bird; turn this book into a machine • At home: eat your dinner; imagineer future tech; be a child genius • AI and Robots: design a robot helper; code a bracelet; follow exact instructions • Buildings: make a structure out of people; build a paper skyscraper; tinker with bridges • Helping People and Planet: get wind (to power a machine); save the planet; read without looking; fight off the plastic attack! • This book thinks it’s a tinkering space
About the Author
Harriet Russell studied at Glasgow School of Art followed by Central Saint Martins. She is the illustrator of the popular This Book Thinks series.
Jon Milton is Head of Content at the Science Museum, London, and author of The Super- Intelligent High-Tech Robot Book.