Saturday, August 19, 2017

{Review} Rubber Band Engineer & Duct Tape Engineer by Lance Akiyama!

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This is the perfect time to start thinking about fall crafts.  Get the kids outside in the cooler weather using their hands.  Rubber Band Engineer and Duct Tape Engineer are the perfect books for your children to get their hands and minds moving. Check out Quato Knows website to grab these books and more! 

I received this book for free in
exchange for my honest opinion.
Discover unexpected ways to turn common materials into crafty contraptions that range from surprisingly simple to curiously complex. In vivid color photos, you'll be guided to create slingshot rockets, unique catapults, and even hydraulic-powered machines. Whether you build one or all 19 of these designs, you'll feel like an ingenious engineer when you're through.
Best of all, you don't need to be an experienced tinkerer to make any of the projects within. All you need are household tools and materials, such as paper clips, pencils, paint stirrers, and ice pop sticks.
Oh, and rubber bands. Lots of rubber bands.
So grab your glue gun, pull out your pliers, track down your tape, and get started on the challenging, fun, and rewarding journey toward becoming a rubber band engineer.

About the Author:
Lance Akiyama combines tinkering and education into a single aspiration: to create a better world by inspiring the next generation of innovators with exciting hands-on projects. He has created project-based learning tutorials on, started an after-school engineering service, and is currently employed as a STEM-based curriculum developer for Galileo Learning. Lance spends his free time designing elaborate plans for advanced contraptions, keeping journals in cryptic backwards writing, and attempting to fly by strapping paper wings to his arms and leaping from rooftops. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Lance Akiyama is the author of Rubber Band Engineer (2016), Duct Tape Engineer (2017), and the 2018 book DIY Ballistics Engineer--all from Rockport Publishers.

A great hands-on book for older children. This book is full of awesome projects to keep your children busy for hours.   Now when I say older children, what I mean by that is that they can read and understand the project at hand. This is also a great book for younger kids with help from a parent.

Rubber Band Engineer has five sections that include; Handheld Shooters, Mini Seige Engines, Hydraulic + Pneumatic Power, Flight, and Other Gadgets + Contraptions.  Each section has one to five projects with photo instructions and a material list. Altogether there are 19 projects that you can make with all of the things you may have lying around in your home. 

I love the tibids of information on each project giving you ideas for safety, material substitution, design variables, and more. My kids are more visual learners and this book has great photographs to follow the instructions as they build their STEM-based projects. 

These tinkering projects are fun and engaging.  This book could very well inspire your children to be the next big innovator with these exciting hands-on projects. 

In Duct Tape Engineer--the book of Big, Bigger, and Epic Duct Tape Projects hands-on educator, master tinkerer, and author of Rubber Band Engineer, Lance Akiyama breaks away from table-top crafts and shows you how to design, sculpt, and build backpacks, kayaks, catapults, a queen-size bed, and even a writing desk and chair with duct tape.

These fourteen projects are designed to be long-lasting as well as fun and include advice on solid construction techniques and even weather proofing. Packed with full-color illustrations and easy to follow instructions, Duct Tape Engineer will make the perfect gift for any maker on your list.
It is time to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, dig in the junk drawers for some duct tape.  That's the main item you need to enjoy Duct Tape Engineer.  There is 4 chapters with 14 projects that include Furniture, Everyday Essentials, Backyard, and Ballistics.   At the beginning of the book, there are helpful chapters that show you how to cut/rip duct tape, what tools you need, taping techniques, and how to make a duct tape sheet. 

What kid nowadays doesn't love duct tape. Shoot even, I love duct tape and all the things you can use it for.  Who know you could use it to make a hammock. Yes, a hammock and even a bed.  In this book, there are tons of illustrations to show visual learners step-by-step how to complete the project.  As a visual learner myself this is a great pro. 

My children and I will be making the hammock once it starts to cool down outside.  We have been wanting a hammock for a while now and what better way to get one, then make your own.  It will be a fun family project for all of us to work together and use our minds. 

I really love both of these books.  I love when my children do things with their hands and use their minds to build and craft. While I do love technology, STEM-based projects are a favorite in our house.  The author; Lance Akiyama combines tinkering and education to inspire you to be the next big inventor.  My kids are very excited about all the projects we will be doing this fall.  These two books will be used for years to come.   Thank you, Quarto Knows for sending these over for our family to try. 

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