Let's Make Things Go! - All About Engines for Young Scientists
Machines, forces and motion, friction, gravity, work and energy, fuel, engines, rockets and jets, electric motors and more are covered in this moving study about energy and engines. Numerous hands-on activities are included. Additional materials required include hot glue gun, plastic straws (17), modeling clay, needle-nose pliers, paper clips (35-40), yard stick or meter stick, metal washer, wooden kitchen matches, crowbar, rubber band helicopter kit, wooden skewer, and numerous household items. Full list is found in the Teacher Resources material.
Let's Make Things Go – All About Engines for Young Scientists is a simple, general introduction to engines. The amply illustrated text explains, clearly and simply, what machines and engines are, and how they work. Along the way, the reader learns about force, gravity, friction, work, stored energy, fuel, electric motors, rocket engines and jet engines. The world of energy and motion come to life.
A number of activities spread throughout the book provide opportunities to build several types of simple engines (a bubble jet engine, for example, a match rocket engine and others) and to observe how each can power a machine.
Its accompanying learning guide takes a student step-by-step through the book and activities.
Hands-on and self-pacing, this new science series meets the learning needs of diverse learners. Courses are well-written, engaging, and focus on mastery of information. With the flexible, independent pacing, students should expect to complete each course in 10-17 hours, with an end of unit exam to ensure mastery. Home Study Kits include several components: the softcover Student Text, the Student Learning Guide, and Teacher Resource Packet. Written from a religiously neutral perspective, so no evolution or intelligent design is discussed.
Abundantly illustrated, the textbook is written to the student and provides many hands-on activities. Students will appreciate the well placed spacing of text and graphics. The layout is truly inviting and not visually overwhelming. The Student Learning Guide supports independent learning by giving students the course purpose and basic instructions to follow. Following this brief introduction, the guide provides steps to complete in order. Steps cover chapter readings and activities. After completing each step, lines are provided for students to initial, and on occasion, the teacher/parent also verifies the step is completed, and initials. Activities vary and include drawing and labeling in a science journal, finding related items, discussing with the teacher, and related hands-on activities or experiments. See individual courses for more detail. The Teacher Resource Packet includes the overall publisher philosophy called Swimming Upstream, background information with materials list, the end of unit exam, exam answers, and a Certificate of Achievement. Components are sold in sets called Home Study Kits and are not available individually. Topical Home Study Kits are available individually or in grade level packages that align with the publisher’s recommended sequence:
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- Let's Find it! - All About Maps and Globes for Young Scientists
- Light Bulbs, Switches and Batteries - Hands-on Electricity for Young Scientists
- Our Amazing Planet - Introduction to Geography for Young Scientists
- The Young Scientist - An Introduction to Observation and Discovery
- The Fabulous Human Body - Anatomy for Young Scientists
- Let's Make Things Go! - All About Engines for Young Scientists
- World of Electricity - Everyday Electricity for Young Scientists
- Circulation of the Blood - The Circulatory System for Young Scientists
- World of Machines - An Introduction to Simple Machines for Young Scientists
Items in this section tend to be instructional frameworks, or unit studies with a "core" teaching resource supplemented with additional text and/or activity resources.