The Zoom, Fly, Bolt, Blast STEAM Handbook

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 13 Feb 2019

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Educators and parents alike will appreciate Akiyama's STEAM handbook. Projects perfect for young elementary students are sure to help grow students' reasoning skills and are of course, are FUN!
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This is a great resource for parents, babysitters, elementary schools and others who are working with kids age 6-10 to help develop STEAM skills. Each activity is comparable to things kids can do at science camps or center but using more easy to find materials.  Each fun and creative project is clearly photographed and shows step by step instructions as well as encouragement to innovate and improvise. I love how the design is approachable for both girls and boys. I can’t wait to do some of these activities with my science-obsessed nephew. I also suggested this for my local library. 

Thanks to NetGalley, Rockport Publishing and the author Lance Akiyami from Galileop for an\ digital review copy.
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I enjoied "The Zoom, Fly, Bolt, Blast STEAM Handbook." I was given a digital advance reader copy for my opinion. I will likely purchase a print copy for my elementary school library. This book is a fantastic resource. The projects included were things we have not made in our Maker space before. I believe the projects will be challenging enough to intserest students without being overly difficult. One great thing about the book (other than the projects) is that most projects are made with supplies we already have in our make space- craft sticks, masking tape and straws. It was nice to see a book with new projects! I am curious and will definitely check out the authors other books!
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I love anything that promotes STEM/STEAM concepts.  This book is not exception.  It had a bunch of fun, exciting activities for kids at a variety of ages.  The book gives thorough directions and explains the science concepts at work in the activities.  I particularly appreciated the extension suggestions at the end of each activity.  One thing that I would have liked to see more of is the engineering design process which allows for more self-discovery.  Overall, this was a great book that I will consider buying for the littles in my life.
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This is really a very neat resource for families, teachers, and curious kids. 

The handbook is set up in 6 sections: Toys, Structures, Household Innovations, Machines, Safety Engineering and Biomechanics. All 18 projects use items commonly found laying around the house or of low cost for purchase, such as, but not limited to, cardboard boxes, painter's tape, straws, paper clips and popsicle sticks. 

Additionally, all projects are focused in STEAM-based learning. For instance if a child choose to make the Suspension Bridge, they could get as creative as they want with the design, and along the way will also learn the importance of weight distribution and important engineering terms and design features like trusses that stabilize big structures. 

This is a very handy resource for rainy days, summer breaks, or to allow crafty kids to challenge themselves in new ways..
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