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Alicia Z. Klepeis is the author of more than 70 nonfiction and fiction books. Her titles include?Gutsy Girls Go For Science: Astronauts; The Renaissance Inventors; The Renaissance Explorers; and Explore Makerspace! With 25 Great Projects. She has also written more than 100 articles in magazines such as?National Geographic Kids?and?FACES. She lives with her family in Hamilton, New York. Micah Rauch is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator from the beautiful state of Montana. He received a BFA in graphic design from Montana State University in Bozeman Montana and is the illustrator of Crazy Contraptions; Build Rube Goldberg Machines that Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel; Fairground Physics: Motion, Momentum, and Magnets and Kitchen Chemistry: Cool Crystals, Rockin' Reactions, and Magical Mixtures.

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Praise for other books by Alicia Z. Klepeis The Renaissance Inventors
Dig Magazine
The Renaissance Inventors is one in the new series The Renaissance for Kids. Each chapter is devoted to an inventor: Gutenberg, Alberti, da Vinci, and Mercator. Sidebars, well-chosen illustrations and photos, along with a variety of boxes (Fast Facts, Wonder Why?, Words of Wonder, Connect, History's Mysteries, and more) combine with 10 hands-on projects to make this an unforgettable read! Explore Makerspace!
National Science Teachers Association Recommends
Where schools have invested in 3D printers, these makerspaces are common, but author Alicia Klepeis and illustrator Matt Aucoin demonstrate how a design and engineering center can work with ordinary materials and not much technology. The book is intended for children ages 7-10, although older students might well extend the scope of the activities well past the basics presented in each chapter. Using the materials listed and the suggested directions, young engineers can apply skills in math, art, music, and, of course, science to create original structures, instruments, and venues for games. Elementary teachers with an interest in science most likely have their classes engage in some of these learning experiences already, such as bridge building or sound amplification. Many of the activities, however, stand out in that they 1) are more open-ended than the typical classroom science lab session and 2) they employ more art.

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