Career Book List: Manufacturing

Grades K-2

  1. Popular Mechanics for Kids: Who Uses a Drill? by Popular Mechanics
    Buzz and whirl, and rrr, rrr, rrr: the drill sings out and children heed the call. Who’s working with the tool and what are they making?
  2. Simple Machines (Starting with Science) by Deborah Hodge and Ray Boudreau
    This educational book provides readers with thirteen experiments about the six simple machines -- the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, wedge and screw – and teaches kids about basic science.
  3. Rocks, Jeans, and Busy Machines: An Engineering Kids Storybook by Alane Rivera and Raymundo Rivera
    Violet and Pedro take a tour of a construction site to learn about structural engineering, how things are made, and all of the things structural engineers build that we use.
  4. Engineering the ABC’s: How Engineers Shape Our World by Patty O'Brien Novack
    Introduces children to all of the things that engineers do/are a part of in our everyday life and how things work.
  5. Engineering Elephants by Emily M. Hunt and Michelle L. Pantoya
    Introduces engineering and related science to young readers through the story of an elephant who questions the world around him about how things come to be.
  6. Robots (Science Kids) by Clive Gifford
    Learn all about robots, from what they are to the many different types to their uses in everyday life. Included in the end are projects.
  7. Cool Robots by Sean Kenney
    Descriptions and illustrations for creating your own robots out of Legos. Children are encouraged to use their own imagination as they build a “Robotopolis”.

Grades 3-5

  1. Rocket Science: 50 Flying, Floating, Flipping, Spinning Gadgets Kids Create Themselves by Jim Weise
    Shows the science behind how things work and teaches kids how to build their own projects. Project categories include: mechanics, air power, waterpower, electricity, chemistry, sound, and sight.
  2. Stomp Rockets, Catapults, and Kaleidoscopes: 30+ Amazing Science Projects You Can Build for Less than $1 by Curt Gabrielson
    How-to projects for kids to learn more about how everyday things operate. Designed to include recycled or everyday materials found around the house.
  3. All About Mechanical Engineering: Physical Science (Science Readers) by Don Herweck
    Learn how engineers apply the basics of Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion to create things in the world around us.
  4. Mechanical Engineering: (Mission Science) by Don Herweck
    Learn how engineers incorporate principles of science and physics to help create moving objects.
  5. Janice VanCleave's Engineering for Every Kid: Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun (Science for Every Kid Series) by Janice VanCleave
    Learn about the different types of engineering (structural, solar, electrical, chemical, and others) through fun experiments and activities.
  6. The Kids Guide to Robots by Barbara J. Davis
    Learn all about the history of robots and how they are used, from factories to outer space.
  7. Robotics (Cool Science) by Helena Domaine
    Introduces the history of robots and how engineers are working to improve upon their uses and how artificial intelligence is creating thinking robots.

Grades 6-8

  1. Career Ideas for Teens in Manufacturing by Diane Lindsey Reeves and Gail Karlitz
    Filled with career profiles, resources, volunteer opportunities, activity suggestions, and self-discovery questions and quizzes to help kids learn about career paths in this field.
  2. Eli Whitney: The Cotton Gin and American Manufacturing (Library of American Lives and Times) by Regan A. Huff
    Learn how the cotton gin revolutionized farming and the Southern economy and its influence on manufacturing and industrialization in America.
  3. Transformed: How Everyday Things Are Made by Bill Slavin
    Discover how everyday object are made, from their beginnings in nature to being processed into a usable product.
  4. Robotics Careers: Preparing for the Future by Simone Payment
    Turn an interest in robots into a career! Profiles include robotic researcher, computer scientist, robotics engineer, and robotics technician.

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