|Dam holds back (Be an engineer! Designing to solve problems)|
Author: Sikkens, Crystal
Learn about the engineering design process and see what materials are used in construction to make dams strong.
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 08/01/2017 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 Dam Holds Back explains how engineers determine the best type of dam needed based on its purpose and location. 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. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.