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Vanessa's Required Reading List for Engineering 1

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The list author says: "In order to make sure these stupid little kids become full-fledge Engineers, we need to start with making the Scientists. There is going to be a lot of required reading, but it will be a lot more fun than those boring expensive books that most teachers try to make you buy."
The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors
The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors
"We will start off by giving them one week to start reading this book. It will give them an introduction to the history of science. It is important to make sure that they know that Engineering is just the application of science. Make them turn in a 5-page report just to prove that they read it. There is a lot of information, so it shouldn't be hard. Show Woody Norris TED talk."
How We Know: An Exploration Of The Scientific Process
How We Know: An Exploration Of The Scientific Process
"Then we will make them read this book. It is about the scientific method. This is probably the most important point to drive home, Engineering is not just stabbing in the dark, it is making educated guesses about what you should do to make something/make something better."
National Geographic Concise History of Science and Invention: An Illustrated Time Line
National Geographic Concise History of Science and Invention: An Illustrated Time Line
"Now in the third week, we will make them really start to appreciate the history of science. This one has lots of pictures, so give them a quiz on stuff like, "Was Isaac Newton or Galileo born first?""
Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home - But Probably Shouldn't
Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home - But Probably Shouldn't
"Week 4 and we are starting them out with their first science experiment. Make them read this book, pick an experiment, and then do it at home and tape it and post it to their own personal blog (for each of them). This will serve the second purpose of getting them acquainted with technology."
Adventures from the Technology Underground: Catapults, Pulsejets, Rail Guns, Flamethrowers, Tesla Coils, Air Cannons, and the Garage Warriors Who Love Them
Adventures from the Technology Underground: Catapults, Pulsejets, Rail Guns, Flamethrowers, Tesla Coils, Air Cannons, and the Garage Warriors Who Love Them
"Ah, it's week 5 now and the kids just got done with their first project at home. Well, this week, put them into groups and one group will make a catapult, one a pulsejet, one a rail gun, one a flamethrower, one an air cannon, and one a tesla coil. These teams have 2 weeks to complete this task."
Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture (DIY Science)
Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture (DIY Science)
"It is now week 7 and your kids need a little break (unfortunately), so you require them to thumb through this book and this week they are going to collectively show you how to do the home chemistry (once again, posting the videos to their own personal blogs). This should be a quick experiment."
Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously
Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously
"This week, week 8, we continue to give the students a little bit of a break as we set out to as a whole class work together on one giant project out of this book. This will take 3 weeks in total, but there will be another assignment started next week..."
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
"Starting in week 9, the kids will have 2 weeks to read and give a 3-page essay on this book. Require that this is not just a summary, but a "what did you learn from this book" sort of paper. It is due the same time as the whole-class project. Watch Michael Specter TED talk."
The Hungry Scientist Handbook: Electric Birthday Cakes, Edible Origami, and Other DIY Projects for Techies, Tinkerers, and Foodies
The Hungry Scientist Handbook: Electric Birthday Cakes, Edible Origami, and Other DIY Projects for Techies, Tinkerers, and Foodies
"Week 11, your favorite, is food week. You will calculate Pi with a frozen hotdog and each student will choose one of these projects each to bring in and show/share with the class."
The Best of Make: (Make 75 Projects from the pages of MAKE)
The Best of Make: (Make 75 Projects from the pages of MAKE)
"Week 12 and 13 and it is time for the world of MAKE. Show the Dean Kamen TED talk. and then require the students to each MAKE one of these (of their choice) and they need to film it in action for their blogs and then bring it in as well, for you to see."
Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices
Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices
"Week 14 you are doing another group project. This one is out of this book, but they only have one week this time. Tell them to work quickly."
The Best of Instructables Volume I: Do-It-Yourself Projects from the World's Biggest Show & Tell (v. 1)
The Best of Instructables Volume I: Do-It-Yourself Projects from the World's Biggest Show & Tell (v. 1)
"This is their final project! This time, once again they need to find something out of this book to make. The only difference is that in addition to this thing, they also need to innovate and make it better. Both items will be presented with a 1-page write-up explaining why this is a much better thing that they made than the original."
Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style
Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style
"Finally, the last book. While they are working on their final projects, they should also be exposed to this book to the tune of another 3-page write-up. Tell them specifically that they are to learn the lessons of this book and make the paper reflect good communication skills when they write their class summaries! Leave the class with the Sam Harris TED talk."