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Leonardo's Science Workshop: Invent, Create, and Make STEAM Projects Like a Genius (Leonardo's Workshop) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:1631595245
LANGUAGE:English

" Based on Leonardo's works there are lots of science ideas represented in this book with some very interesting projects and experiments with step step by instructions.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the eARC " said.

"As a parent and teacher, I found Leonardo’s Science Workshop to be a fascinating book on science, design, experiments, and STEAM projects. It is a good book to have in a classroom or school library to help explain math and science to students. The book is written towards middle school age students but could be used for elementary or high school students too. The 144 book is divided into 1) Take Wing with six activities, 2) Moving Along: The Science of Motion with five activities, 3) Energy Source of Light, Wind, and Electromagnetic Fields with three activities, 4) Designing Technologyies with five activities, 5) Rocks and Stars with four activities and then finally a Letter to Leonardo. The book is filled with easy experiments that can be done at home or in the classroom with every day items." said.

" I am reviewing this book Leonardo’s Science Workshop for Heidi Olinger, Quarto Publishing and Net galley who gave me a copy of their book for a honest review.Another great book from this series. It contains loads of experiments you can do with children and explains what to do and how they relate to things in everyday life. Very useful and a number of these I am going to be doing with young people. " said.

"STEM books are all the rage these days, particularly in the middle-grade canon. This book expands the STEM to STEAM and, thankfully, includes Art in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math equation. And how could they not include Art when basing a book on the work of Leonardo da Vinci?

The book opens with a few pages about Leonardo and an introduction to the scientific method. After the introductory pages there are six sections of explanation and projects: Take Flight; Moving Along: the Science of Motion; One Energy Source Flows to the Next: Light, Wind, and Electromagnetic Fields; Designing Technologies; Rocks and Stars. Each section has several projects that are introduced with scientific and historical background and laid out with excellent step-by-step instructions using both text and photographs to show the way. Sure, kids can learn to make paper airplanes, but they can also learn to make their own paper! They can learn ways to help save the planet and even how to make a comet. This is not the run-of-the-mill project book for little kids. This is a huge step above such books and does some serious teaching while allowing youngsters to really expand their minds and build confidence in their abilities. The writing is lively, fun, interesting, and never talks down to its young audience. The photographs and drawings are spectacular and the layout is very, very inviting. This book belongs in every middle-grade classroom and may well sneak into the high school classrooms as well. It’s that good. Kids and teachers alike will be grateful for this book. I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher.
" said.

"Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

I have been talking about STE(A)M education and books since the very earliest days of my blog. It's vitally important to expose kids to the concepts as soon as possible. They're the ones who are going to be making our future. They're the innovators, creators, inventors, discoverers of tomorrow's world. The more our kids are engaging with the world around them, the better. Critical thinking skills are more vitally important now than ever before. We're bombarded with messaging and media spin from the moment we're born and learning to differentiate the truth is a vital survival skill. That's where STE(A)M comes in. Finding fun ways to keep their interest alive is key.

Leonardo's Science Workshop is a new project book by Heidi Olinger. Released 1st Jan 2019 by Quarto on their Rockport imprint, it's 144 pages and available in flexibound and ebook formats. It's visually very appealing and includes good clear photography and layout. The book begins with a short introduction/bio of Leonardo's life and prodigious creative genius.

The chapters are built up around experimentation and observation. There's a pretty good description of the scientific method aimed at middle-readers in the introduction. The first chapter is about fluid dynamics and includes 6 age-appropriate projects. Each of the tutorials is well photographed and includes clear instructions.

The air chapter is followed by a chapter on kinetics/physics of motion. This chapter, too, explains basic concepts and includes projects (experiments) to illustrate them. The third chapter is all about energy and includes some nice projects on the electromagnetic spectrum, static electricity, building a wind turbine, etc.

All in all, these are age appropriate, interesting, well written, and safe. The layout is appealing and accessible. It would be a good addition to a classroom module for physics for middle grades. It would also make a good gift for a physics interested young person. It might be a little too straightforward and rigid to interest kids who are already wrongly convinced physics isn't cool or fun.

We need more critical thinkers and anything that fires up the next generation's STEAMers is great!

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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" Who doesn't love da Vinci? In this book, the reader is given science lessons along with fun experiments illustrating the lessons' ideas, all inspired by the work of Leonardo da Vinci. This would be a great introduction to various scientific ideas and terms for middle grades.Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review. " said.

"A very useful book when helping to explain science and physics concepts to youth. Vibrantly colored graphics blended with schematics will keep their attention while they read the easily understandable text. I found plenty of examples in each of the sections that could be replicated to help the learning process. I would buy this for my own grandchildren.
Full Disclosure: I was allowed to read a copy of this book for free as a member of NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and I was not influenced to give a positive review.
" said.

" The author provided STEAM projects that were not only educational, but fun to complete for my students. I found this to be an interesting and useful book. " said.

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