How do you land a rover on Mars, resolve a perpetual traffic jam, or save a herd of caribou from potential extinction? Ask an engineer! This book presents nine real-life problems for which engineers designed inventive (and even crazy!) solutions.
Each was solved using a different field of engineering—from aerospace and mechanical to the new field of geomatics. A helpful seven-step flowchart of the engineering design process is also featured: define the problem, investigate the requirements, develop solutions, design a prototype, test it, improve it and share the idea. These steps are highlighted in each chapter with helpful icons that refer to the flowchart.
Sidebars, biographies of the engineers and fun detailed illustrations help flesh out the stories and bring them to life.
This terrific introduction to some fascinating practical applications of engineering is sure to inspire the natural engineer in every child. With its emphasis on real-world connections to the math, science and technology skills applied with critical thinking and creative problem solving, this book is a natural for encouraging STEM education. Includes a table of contents, glossary and index.