Curious George wants to make Compass the pigeon the perfect perch so the bird can feel right at home. But it takes a lot of research to figure out how to build a tall object that won't collapse. Patrons learn about the design process by researching their ideas outdoors, experimenting with what it takes to make a tall object stand upright and be stable, then comparing and documenting their work.
|Hints for uses in your library||Consider having patrons research endemic bird populations, and see if they can come up with an upcycled bird perch/feeder that can actually be put into use on your grounds!|
Consider watching this video before the activity!
Check out these helpful links:
NASA | NASA for Kids: Intro to Engineering
Engineering Design and Practices
Science Kids: Engineering for Kids
Engineering for Kids
11 Engaging STEM Activities for Kids that Will Foster Curiosity
World of Goo
[Suggest a book]
Encourage students to use these books as they continue to learn about building and
Building a House by Byron Barton (Mulberry, 1990) From the foundation to the walls to the roof, simple pictures and text tell how a house is built.
• Curious George Builds a Home by H.A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) When Curious George meets a pigeon, he decides that his balcony would be the perfect place for the bird’s home. (Available with companion DVD.)
• Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale (Lee & Low, 2012) Children from all over the world build their own versions of the world’s famous buildings.
• Crazy contraptions : build Rube Goldberg machines that swoop, spin, stack, and swivel : with hands on engineering activities by Laura Perdew and Micah Rauch is a book about the chain reaction world of Rube Goldberg.
• Iggy Peck's big project book for amazing architects by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts inspiring story about the power of teamwork and the importance of celebrating individual gifts and self-expression
• How a house is built by Gail Gibbons Describes how the surveyor, heavy machinery operators, carpenter crew, plumbers, and other workers build a house.
• Build, dogs, build : a tall tail by James Horvath Join head foreman Duke and his crew of worker dogs on a busy day of construction fun in this colorful picture book.
• Pop's bridge by Eve Bunting and C F Payne The Golden Gate Bridge. The impossible bridge, some call it. They say it can't be built. But Robert's father is building it.
• How to be an engineer by Carol Vorderman Teach kids to think like an engineer! The engaging projects in this book will encourage kids to investigate using items from around the house. Build a robot arm out of rulers; learn about jet propulsion with balloons; crush toilet-paper rolls to explore materials; and much more.
• Rosie Revere, engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts (Also available in Spanish, Chinese and more languages ) picture book about pursuing one's passion with persistence and learning to celebrate each failure on the road to achieving one's dreams.
• STEAM stories. The backyard build : (engineering) by Jonathan Litton and Magalí Mansilla Max and Suzy are bored and wish they had a playground in the garden—can the dynamic duo use their engineering know-how to build a swing, slide, and see-saw? Challenges include: choosing the best material to use, how to measure things, and work out how to test their designs.