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How to Be an Engineer


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Table of Contents

  • 1: Amazing Materials
    • 1: What are materials?
    • 2: Making mud bricks
    • 3: Building walls
    • 4: Snap or bend?
    • 5: Tubes of strength
    • 6: Rusty nails
    • 7: Mae Jemison
    • 8: Make your own plastic
    • 9: Stephanie Kwolek
    • 10: Egg drop
  • 2: Strong Structures
    • 1: Build a gum drop tower
    • 2: Bridges
    • 3: Cardboard arch
    • 4: Skyscraper structures
    • 5: Fazlur Rahman Khan
    • 6: Tunnel building
    • 7: Making roads
    • 8: Isambard Kingdom Brunel
    • 9: Suspension bridge
  • 3: Mighty Machines
    • 1: Simple machines
    • 2: Ping pong catapult
    • 3: Leonardo Da Vinci
    • 4: Lifting weights
    • 5: Cardboard cogs
    • 6: Turning wheels
    • 7: Engines
    • 8: Robots
    • 9: Robot arm
    • 10: Cup phones
    • 11: Computers
    • 12: Grace Hopper
    • 13: Ping pong roller coaster
  • 4: Getting Around
    • 1: Transport
    • 2: Staying afloat
    • 3: Paddle boat
    • 4: Robert Stephenson
    • 5: Steam power
    • 6: Wings for flying
    • 7: The Wright brothers
    • 8: Balloon hovercraft
    • 9: Heavy planes
    • 10: Jet balloon
    • 11: Sailing boats
  • 5: Incredible Energy
    • 1: What is energy?
    • 2: Wind energy
    • 3: Nikola Tesla
    • 4: Electricity
    • 5: Sun power
    • 6: How solar panels work
    • 7: Build a dam
    • 8: Carton turbine
  • 6: Did you know?
  • 7: Glossary
  • 8: Index
  • 9: Acknowledgements

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Are you an engineer in the making?

About the Author

Carol Vorderman is a British celebrity. She is a STEM expert and her first degree was in engineering, at Cambridge University. She regularly appears on television and has won many awards for her educational work. She has worked on many books for DK, including Help Your Kids With Maths and several educational workbooks for young children.


I've been massively impressed with this book. Most of the DK books are great for delivering facts and information. How to be an Engineer delivers that, but also, fittingly for a book on such a practical subject, it adds a great hands-on experience too. All in all, if you have a wannabe engineer in your house, you should definitely check this one out. * GeekDad *
A superb book, packed with information * Parents in Touch *
What a cracker of a book this is!... Practical stuff mixed with history - enough to get any budding engineer excited! -- Parent with child age 7 * Toppsta *
This book is absolutely amazing for any budding engineer or scientist -- Parent with child age 6 * Toppsta *
A totally cracking book for the budding engineer! Highly recommended -- Parent with child age 7 * Toppsta *
A fantastic book for parents of younger children to read and do together, but it would also be ideal for older children to read and try independently. I think this book will provide months of educational fun -- Parent with child age 5 * Toppsta *
The illustrations and photography are bright, colourful and appealing. We are planning on working our way through all the activities -- Parent with child age 6 * Toppsta *
A brilliant book for budding engineers who want to understand how everything works... with easy to follow text in bite sized pieces great for kids to pick up and read themselves... Would highly recommend -- Parent with child age 6 * Toppsta *
We are planning to do lots of experiments during the summer holidays which I can't wait for, no being bored for me now with this book -- Child age 10 * Toppsta *
This book is even better than I already imagined it would be: fantastic for kids that love constructing things! -- Parent with child age 4 * Toppsta *
It has been an inspiration to my daughter who would like to be an engineer one day, especially being written by a female in what is a very male-dominated profession. We recommend! -- Parent with child age 7 * Toppsta *

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