Maker Workshop by Dr Alison Buxton is full of fun STEM projects for children to carry out at home. Welbeck Publishing kindly sent me a copy of this book to review.
The book has an interesting variety of projects. It is split into different sections; bionic bots, mega movers, home helpers, out and about, and mini-verse. Activities include bug bot, mini basketball game, and mini ferris wheel, to name just a few examples. I like that there are some eco-friendly activities, such as gravity powered car, mini geodesic greenhouse and solar night light.
The activities are set at different skill levels, and alot of them seem to be quite indepth and involved, enabling children to really spend time engaging in their project and getting heavily into it. Each section also comes with a short explanation of the science behind it. The instructions are well illustrated to make them clear and easier to follow.
You need quite a selection of tools and equipment in order to complete the projects. Items such as glue gun, wire strippers, bradawl, junior hacksaw, pliers, hand drill and bits, screwdrivers and craft knife are required. In addition; tape, wires, LEDs, batteries and holders, zip ties, terminal blocks, mini DC motor, bamboo skewers, craft sticks and dowel. Home educators and DIY enthusiasts might well have all this at home already. For others, some preparation and investment is needed to carry out these projects.
There is a contents page, index and glossary too. These are clearly laid out and the terms are well explained. From a home educator point of view, these parts are also useful for literacy skills too. (As is following instructions of course).
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Disclosure: Maker Workshop was sent to me for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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