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  • Item #: 044065
    ISBN: 9781567923971
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.50

    Put your sleuthing skills to the test with the 24 mysteries in this book. Each two-page spread contains a black and white illustration, a narrative setting the scene and explaining the mystery to be solved, and questions (some multiple choice and yes/no) to provide clues. The mysteries vary in difficulty, but all of them require analysis of both the text and the pictures to solve the mystery. A great way to sharpen your observation and visual discrimination skills! Solutions included. 78 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 025056
    ISBN: 9780753453087
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

    For everyone silently bemoaning the fact that they feel too old for Where's Waldo, how about taking on a more academic challenge that's just as much fun… and maybe even a little more rewarding? The Museum of Art's security guard, Mr. Bassett, is calling on you. He has just received a tip the majority of the museum's prized collection of famous masterpieces have been replaced with very clever copies, and he is relying on YOU to find the fakes. As you journey through the "museum" of a book, you must compare the painting at the top portion of the book, you must carefully compare the painting hanging on the wall to the one found in the museum's "reference book," a separate book bound beneath the upper portion. You must find the right reference painting to the possible fake you are eyeballing, and with the help of the enclosed plastic magnifying glass viewer, determine if changes have been made to the original. And the work does not end there! You must find all of the changes made to the painting, as well as a mysterious symbol that will be present if the masterpiece has been copied. This symbol, along with the number of changes found in the copy will be able to tell you which forgery artist from your list of suspects is responsible for copying the masterpiece and stealing the original. At the end of the book, you can check your detective work against the answers, or just go ahead and accuse your suspects. As you scan the paintings for changes, you will be examining in great detail the works of Botticelli, Bruegel, Constable, Degas, Van Eyck, Gainsborough, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Monet, Morisot, Picasso, Rembrandt, Raphael, Seurat, Turner, Vermeer, and many more for a total of 34 masterpieces. The full-color reproductions of the masterpieces as well as the computer-generated graphic illustrations of the characters in the book lend realism and interest to the case. The reference book portion adds more educational value, providing a short write-up about each painting and the (original!) artist. A great tool to put a little fun in your art appreciation, which, at times can be a little less exciting than catching criminals. - Jess

  • Item #: 067251
    ISBN: 9781784042776
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.50

    Tap your inner detective with these 50 tales of intrigue. Unlike our other Whodunits, the mysteries in this book are divided into two levels. In the first level, the vignettes are shorter (3-5 pages) and straightforward, with one clue provided for mystery solving support. Once comfortable with these, tackle the second level mysteries. Longer scenarios, complicated events, and less clear evidence culminate to provide a greater challenge to your deduction skills. Additional clues are available at this level, but use selectively. There may be a few red herrings to test your tenacity. Worth mentioning, one noted use of profanity on pg. 56. A quick spot check did not reveal others, but be aware, there may be others. Includes comprehensive solutions. 304 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 041026
    ISBN: 9781601448972
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $8.99

    If you like to solve mysteries, here is a new series from the Critical Thinking Company. Critical Thinking Detective is a short book (32 pages) of fun little mysteries about all types of thieves car thief, lunch money thief, necklace thief you get the idea. Simply read the short mystery and find the evidence against the suspects, a description of each suspect is included. A page for recording your notes and evidence against each is given; this is your opportunity to write it out and think about it. These mysteries are solved with careful reading and studying; some are more challenging than others, but they aren't intended to be tricky. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 055343
    ISBN: 9780763658168
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.25

    Feed your child's curiosity about the natural world around them with this gentle and informative book. The book features lovely watercolor illustrations of insects and their habitats. Kids are encouraged to follow ants to see where they live and to listen to sounds like buzzing bees and watch their movements. Looking under rocks is another chance to be an insect detective! This book is full of good information that answers questions little ones may have about creepy crawlies, like what those wiggly marks are on leaves (leaf miners), and how dragonflies lay eggs in water before changing into flying creatures (metamorphosis). Good for kids' vocabulary! 30 pgs, pb.~ Sara

  • Item #: 026753
    ISBN: 9781601441447
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $34.99

    Are you looking for a way to challenge your middle school students while your youngers are enjoying Story of the World (or another world history course)? Becoming a world history detective will do it! This course combines critical thinking and reading comprehension skills with your students' standards-based history studies (ancient and medieval history)! Covered skills are impressive for this grade level: using supporting evidence, drawing inferences and conclusions, distinguishing between facts and opinions, understanding chronology or sequence of events, use of vocabulary using context clues, geographical and concept maps, and timelines. There's even grade appropriate experience with college-level analytical essay questions. The worktext provides a passage to read followed by a series of questions - both multiple choice/short answer as well as short essay. A complete answer key is available in the back which includes sample essay answers that identify key points). Free bonus review lessons are available at criticalthinking.com/whd1). 362 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 046013
    ISBN: 9780974531571
    Retail: $25.00
    Rainbow Price: $18.95

    Recently updated, the workbook edition provides students space to record responses to lesson exercises. Learn how to recognize bad reasoning and spot errors in others’ logic, and your own. The focus is on practical logic such as fallacies you might encounter in a newspaper. Learn to identify red herrings, circular reasoning, statistical fallacies, and propaganda. Each lesson presents several examples of poor reasoning (often illustrated by cartoons) and then provides a lengthy exercise set. Includes answer key and teaching tips for homeschoolers/private schools at authors’ website. Religiously neutral. Not reproducible. 262 pgs. sc.~ Anh/Deanne

  • Item #: 041725
    Retail: $12.00
    Rainbow Price: $9.50

    For those of you with a young detective in the family, this kit will provide lots of fingerprinting fun. A small plastic case (measuring 5.5" x 4.25" x 1") holds everything you need to become a master fingerprinter. There's a small ink pad, File Cards for collecting prints to make a "database," a small amount of special dusting powder, a small brush, a few pieces of a tape used to transfer dusted fingerprints, a dusting pad for collecting and developing hidden prints, and a magnifying lens. There's also a very useful instruction sheet that includes great tips on how to collect the best fingerprint specimens and gives a few activity ideas for using the kit. It also includes some fun and interesting facts about the history of fingerprinting and fingerprints in general. Your kids will love solving "who-used-it-last" mysteries around your home! ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 028465
    ISBN: 9781587763281
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    For all those young authors out there who aren't content with creating mere fiction, here's a tempting challenge for you to create your own whodunit. This book leads both teacher and student through mystery-writing in a simple, step-by-step process. The book consists of 22 activities, each featured on a double-page spread which includes teacher instructions and information on the left-hand page, and the example activity sheet for the student on the right. As the student works through the writing activities, they will begin by brainstorming detectives and "building" their own sleuth, dreaming up situations or mysteries to be solved; create a whole cast of characters including the detective's family and friends; identifying their detective's strengths, weaknesses, values, and special tools he or she may use; creating evil villains to pit against their detective's smarts; creating clues (and red herrings!); identifying records they may want to use; and putting it all together to create their mystery story. Several additional activities are included as well, such as putting their story into dramatic or comic format (as well as a host of other options), creating a story as a group, writing a "locked room mystery", or using one of the given story starters to begin. The reproducible activity sheets for the students are included at the end of the book, and are perforated for easy removal. Move over, Sherlock, Hercule Poirot, and Encyclopedia Brown - there's a new gumshoe in town... - Jess

  • Item #: 019773
    ISBN: 9780974531519
    Retail: $25.00
    Rainbow Price: $18.95

    Sequel to The Fallacy Detective, this is by the same authors. While the first book focuses on recognizing bad reasoning, this book offers thirty-five lessons for strengthening your reasoning skills. The chapters provide you with tools for thinking, tools for opposing viewpoints, and tools for science. Within these chapters, you'll find lessons on when not to argue, finding the premises and conclusion, determining primary or secondary sources, circumstantial evidence, keen observation, brainstorming, analyzing data, and much more. This book is formatted much like The Fallacy Detective, with plenty of clear examples throughout the lessons and lengthy exercises following each lesson. Answers included, 234 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 044639
    ISBN: 9780975499795
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.95

    Yeah, it's so good it's "bad." This course teaches parts of speech and sentence construction, reinforcing the learning with a game that can be played in groups, with 2, or alone. Invented by author Karen Newell to "take the doldrums out of diagramming", this game will not only help students master complex sentence construction, but make them proficient punctuators too. The presentation of information is very clear – and helpfully broken down into digestible chunks. The program has seven modules, each with only five or six rules, each presented in a one or two-page tutorial. I love the simple flowchart Mrs. Newell uses to direct student progress through the rules. Basically, students will study the tutorial then write five sentences applying the rule. If they are correct, they go to the next rule. Otherwise, they write five more, conceptually looping until they "get it." After this, they optionally go on a "detective hunt" to round up these "bad" guys. After all rules in a module are mastered, they get to play the Big Bad Grammar Slammer for the completed module, including all earlier modules in the game. Yup, and if you break the rules (grammar rules), you end up in the (you guessed it) slammer. Rules for playing the game alone, with multiple players, and with teams are provided. The only additional materials you need to supply are one regular die and paper and pencil(s) for each player. Quizzes and tests are a snap to construct, since they utilize the same format as the game. A test for each module should be given after the student has played the game five times using the rules in that module. Quizzes can be given at any time, but would be useful as drill and review after the course is completed.

    The grammar instruction is easy to read and understand even as the program progresses from simple to more complex sentence structures. Uncluttered text pages use very readable font size. Each construction is introduced and integral concepts are explained and shown with examples. Presentation is very clear. Diagramming of each rule (construct) is modeled then the student is asked to diagram several similarly-constructed sentences. The reinforcing game is also simple, but ingenious, and highly motivating. Can your children learn to play by the rules (of proper sentence construction and diagramming), or will they have to "do time" in the Big, Bad Grammar Slammer?

  • Item #: 062255
    ISBN: 9781454909408
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

    Similar to Grid Perplexors but with a crime-solving setting, this book holds 60 cases for you to solve. Humorous and fun scenarios are presented and you sort through the facts to solve the crime. Each puzzle has different variations on the grid – number of squares, pattern, etc. The crime stories take place in Enigamaville where Lieutenant Larry Logic works to solve them. Each story or crime is followed by five logic puzzles that need to be solved in order to solve a sixth puzzle. The solutions to the final puzzles in each case are then used to solve one final puzzle in the book. There are ten cases to be solved, and if you aren’t sure of your finds, the answers are in the back of the book. Spiral bound, 96 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 037158
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.50
    Take a look at a hidden world with Nancy B's Black Light Illuminator. This set comes with an easy-grip black light (requires two AA batteries, not included), invisible ink pen, and 22-page activity journal. Use the black light to read invisible messages and look at special features of rocks, insects, flowers, and even security features on money. The journal includes great activities like making gelatin that glows and encrypting codes. The 'detective' in your family can now spend hours revealing unseen mysteries.
  • Item #: 031071
    ISBN: 9780761319993
    Retail: $6.95
    Rainbow Price: $5.95

    Join Daisy Pepper and Ridley Long, private detectives, to sharpen your own detective skills. 40 mini-mysteries require you to crack secret codes, arrange events in a time sequence, and find important visual clues to solve various crimes. Each mystery is comprised of a short story and accompanying picture; together, these hold the clues to help you reveal the answer, but they aren't simple. Answers are held at the back of the book - but no peeking!

  • Item #: 057805
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    Whether you're on a beach vacation or in the middle of a science lesson, this lightweight-plastic metal detector will help you discover some fun! Slowly move the metal detector back and forth 1-2" away from the ground and wait for the telltale lights and beeps when metal is detected (1" or larger). The pivoting head allows you to adjust the angle for easier finding. 1 foot long, requires two AAA batteries (not included).

  • Item #: 068442
    ISBN: 9780439175401
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

     Word problems can be something kids really struggle with, and to be honest, they can be confusing and even nonsensical (those 2 trains arriving at the station, come on!) What if a word problem was funny, relatable, and was presented to you in the form of a mystery for you to solve? With these mysteries, kids will get familiar with the characters used throughout the book, giving them some familiarity as they solve the puzzles. There is more reading involved than an ordinary word problem too--another plus! Each story is about 1-2 pages long. Recommended responses are in the back. Lots of tips are provided to prompt discussions too! A page called an Investigator’s Log guides students’ problem solving by asking them to restate the problem in their own words, write the information they have, the info they need, what can be done to solve the problem and then a solution. The last question asks, “How do you know your solution makes sense?” These would be great as a daily warm up activity to get those brains goin’! Reproducible for classroom/homeschool use. Meets NCTM standards. 112pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 061271
    ISBN: 9781609589080
    Retail: $10.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    Whether or not you're an American Girl fan, you'll enjoy this book if you love solving mysteries. Follow a modern day Marie Cantu as she solves whodunits with an emphasis on identifying logical red herrings. Once readers solve each case and confirm correct results, they open a detective's door located in the front and back covers. Stories involve Marie and her group of friends and span the seasons. Each of the 34 stories is 2-3 pages and includes full-color illustrations. 6.5"x 8", 127 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 015418
    ISBN: 9780941995375
    Retail: $22.95
    Rainbow Price: $16.95

    Here's a quick, proven, inexpensive way to measure the reading grade level of your student(s) privately. A one-time investment, this 380 word test is easy to administer and score, can be done in less than 15 minutes, and will tell at what grade level (1-12) your student is reading. Any reading problems are easily detected, allowing you to provide any needed remediation. Another 380 word test to use after your remedial work is administered is also provided, so you can check for improvement/correction. 5 copies of each test ("before" and "after") are included, along with information about the background of the test, an explanation of how it works, and how to score it. First and second graders can be tested using the beginning part of the test, but the overall test is intended for third grade and up.

  • Item #: 013847
    Retail: $34.95
    Rainbow Price: $24.95

    Become an amateur detective and use this kit to begin solving mysteries using good science techniques. This kit includes everything you need to get started: test tube rack, plastic test tubes, test tube stopper, test tube holder, handheld 30X microscope (uses 2 AA batteries, not included), blank slides, cipher key, identity kit, fingerprint record cards, fingerprint powder, stamp pad, sticky labels, green felt-tip pen, direction finder card, eye dropper, compass, filter paper, funnel, measuring spoon, sea shore sand, sandpaper, paper fastener, steel wool, and mirrors. Use these supplies to do the 67 activities found in the accompanying guide. You will print and compare fingerprints, prepare an identity kit, analyze inks, use the cipher key to decode secret messages, and much more. Detectolab is a fun way to hone your sleuthing skills! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 028076
    ISBN: 9781886978140
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $22.50

  • Item #: 037571
    ISBN: 9780545257800
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $12.25

    Welcome to the Effective Detective Agency! As the newest member, you will assist your fellow detectives in solving 20 case files. Along the way, you'll develop useful problem-solving skills and strategies such as: solving a code, understanding a problem, drawing a diagram, making an estimate, working backwards, finding patterns, making a table, guess and check, and more. Each case provides a detailed, yet engaging background story (2-3 pages long) to draw you into each scenario. The background story is followed by a "Now It's Your Turn" section, which provides a series of questions and problems to help you ultimately solve the case. There is also a "For the Teacher" page also provides helpful teaching notes for each case. A handy chart is also included to show how all 20 cases are aligned with NCTM Standards. 128 pages, reproducible, answer key included. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 016312
    ISBN: 9781612126517
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

     This amazing book combines knowledge and puzzle: a paper toy with an archeological twist! With a definition of archeology, children will explore and try out the detective work necessary to understand history. Children will learn about Medieval life and warfare, including knights and sieges. Once they have a good working knowledge of the period, they will explore an archaeological site. They study a castle dig site much like a detective, examining clues and the different parts of a castle to help them construct a picture of what the castle looked like, who lived there, and what kind of siege weapons and battle tactics were used. Once they have a thorough understanding of the castle, they’ll reconstruct a castle using the included glossy cardstock puzzle pieces. Placement instructions are not included so children will demonstrate learning as they fit the castle pieces together to create an amazing 3D castle! Wonderful hands-on project for your history studies! 80 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 062175
    Retail: $43.95
    Rainbow Price: $31.95

    Are you into robotics, but don't just want another nameless, bumbling, human-shaped thing? Perhaps you crave something that mimics nature's many wonders… like a Frilled Lizard robot. Well, amazingly, you've found that exact thing! Once assembled, this interactive robot can be set on two modes: "defense mode" and "pet mode". When set to "defense mode" this little guy will detect threats and respond accordingly by backing away, opening its mouth, puffing its frill, and running! On "pet mode" this reptile companion is a bit friendlier, albeit still cautious. It will still display its frill when feeling threatened, but when it feels safe it will follow you around adoringly. Although the recommended age range is 10 and up, it is worth noting that assembly is somewhat complex and requires time, patience, and vigilance. Instructions are diagrammed pictures, so little reading is required. However, there are some recommended tools not included. These are a diagonal cutter, a Phillips head screwdriver, a knife, and a hammer. In addition, the robot requires four AAA batteries (not included). The perfect gift for a robotics/model lover, a reptile lover, or someone looking to entertain their cats! Winner of Creative Child and Dr. Toy Awards in 2015.

  • Item #: 048762
    ISBN: 9780974492018
    Retail: $25.00
    Rainbow Price: $23.50

    Just as literacy suffered in the last century when the school systems abandoned phonics instruction, many people contend that handwriting suffered by the same educational system's insistence on beginning with manuscript handwriting. "Cursive first" is their rallying cry! Wanda Sanseri became convinced of this approach and has encouraged it as part of her Spell to Write and Read program. The Cursive First program was developed by Elizabeth FitzGerald to be used either with the SWR program or as a stand alone program of handwriting instruction.

    The "program" is comprised of a Teacher's Manual, Practice Sheets, and the Cursive Phonogram Card Set. The Teacher's Manual is designed to convince you of the merits of starting with cursive. But it also includes information for preparing your student, specific "how-to," directions for using the Practice Sheets/Card Set and a "troubleshooting guide" how to detect visual and perceptual problems. The reproducible (for families/classroom) Practice Sheets get quickly down to the business of practice no cutesy graphics. Lowercase letters are taught separately from uppercase and connections are taught from the very beginning in the natural context of multi-letter phonograms. Although solid and dotted line models are provided, the student is quickly weaned from tracing to more active writing utilizing narrow ruled, dotted lines for practice. The Cursive Phonogram Card Set (yellow cardstock, each page to be cut into fourths) includes instructional dialogue for writing the phonograms on one side and a sample of cursive writing on the other. Both numerals and the first 26 phonograms are included. Laminating these would preserve their use through multiple children.

  • Item #: 027130
    ISBN: 9781118024317
    Retail: $22.95
    Rainbow Price: $17.95

    Teaching children to write can be accomplished through many of the curricula in this catalog. But how do you encourage a passion for writing? All children are not created equal-what inspires one child may not excite the next. Yet all children are capable of great writing, and this book has been written to create a passion for writing in all elementary students.

    Based on the successful 826 system, this book provides 50 creative writing lessons that parents, teachers and tutors will find easy to implement in their classroom, homeschool room or co-op. The rigorous writing lessons are a compilation of successful lessons utilized in the 826 National Writing Centers and cover topics such as tragic love tales, writing for pets, make believe science, space exploration (meet an alien!), a fairy tale do-over, writing jokes and riddles, using picture prompts, create your own mad-libs, how to be a detective, create your own country, poetry and much more! The lessons will take 1 -2 hours to complete, are adaptable for multi-ages and contain all of the instructions and tips necessary for teaching success. Also included are evaluation rubrics, handouts and common core correlations for those seeking to meet CCSS. An excellent resource to bring fresh enthusiasm to your student's writing assignments. PB. 257 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 034045
    ISBN: 9780590447874
    Retail: $6.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.25

    No Sherlock Holmes here. Meet Dr. Haledjian, a famous detective who catches unnoticed details and can see through any witness's tale to determine the truth and bring the real criminals to justice. Each of the seventy-nine cases only takes a minute or two to read; but trying to solve the case can take a few minutes of investigation as you think through all the details described to Dr. Haledjian. Even after a few minutes, you might reach a conclusion as to "whodunit," but you might have to check to see if your detective skills are on the mark. Lucky for you, Dr. Haledjian has solved the case in a matter of seconds, and his accurate conclusion is printed upside-down so you can easily check to see if you were right. Trust me, these cases aren't so easy! I've tried my hand at several of them and they are pretty tricky. These cases are a great way to work on reading comprehension, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning. Are you ready to match wits with a professional detective? Time to find out if you are a modern day Sherlock or Watson! 158 pgs, pb. – elise

  • Item #: 039546
    ISBN: 9780812970289
    Retail: $16.00
    Rainbow Price: $11.50

    You don't have to have a degree in literature to discuss books with your child. Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone do such a wonderful job of laying out a plan that anyone can do it. This book is written to be a guide to begin a parent-child book club. It would also be a good discussion guide to use with your own children. The reading in this book is recommended for children in grades 2nd through 5th.

    The authors teach readers how to be "book detectives" and find the story hidden within the story. Stories are written in layers, and readers need to peel them away by determining which characters fit the role of protagonist and antagonist, the importance of setting, identifying the climax, and point of view. They even spend some time looking for the deeper meaning within poetry. Using this approach will allow readers to unlock the adventure in every story.

    A list of the books used by the authors in their reading groups is included. In second grade they include Mr. Popper's Penguins, Babe: The Gallant Pig, Charlotte's Web, Frindle, and various poems. Third grade includes Half Magic, The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Enormous Egg, and Bull Run. In fourth grade they read The View from Saturday, White Lilacs, The Giver, Animal Farm, and The Call of the Wild. The fifth grade list includes A Wrinkle in Time, Macario, Lost Horizon, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Time Machine. Along with the books used in their group they include some alternative selections. You are taken through some of the books step-by-step to illustrate how you can have discussions with your children in the manner suggested by the authors.

    I was surprised at what an easy-read this is. I really enjoyed the book summaries, insightful discussions, and the humorous way some of the information is presented. This is a wonderful resource for those who want to help kids experience literature rather than just speed through books. 206 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 059274
    ISBN: 9780545826259
    Retail: $13.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.25

    Is it a reference, unit study resource, or just plain interesting reading? It's all three – and more. Filled with amazing and interesting facts, it's also a place where students can find a multiplication table, formulas for area, a list of presidents, a brief timeline of world history and much, much more. Metric conversion? Here. Want to know what day Christmas will fall on in 2022? Here. National Parks by state? Here. Country flags? Here (I didn't know Tuvalu was a country….). Periodic Table? Here. But that's not all…. Your Turn challenges in every section invite children to respond to the information presented by performing an experiment, participating in an activity, or gathering additional information on a topic. Pick a section – instant unit study! As for interest factor, this could pass for a gift (or covert "summer school"). While not as "out there" as Guinness Book of World Records, there are plenty of unusual and intriguing tidbits that are part and parcel of each section. How about, "Tiny Town Where Mermaids Live", or, under "Inventors", Jack Andraka who, at the tender age of 15, discovered a simple five-minute blood test to detect pancreatic cancer? Are Video Games a Brain Drain or a Brain-Booster? Are you curious about A New National Park That's Over the Moon? They will be, too. Note: there is some old-earth content in the form of "millions of years" statements (time to carve out the Grand Canyon and in the dinosaur "timeline"), but I did not notice any references to evolution. Only one thing's for sure – they will spend time thumbing through, browsing in, and learning from this book. Pb, 352 pgs.

  • Item #: 054431
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Have your children expressed interest in becoming engineers, or in pursuing math and science as a career? This interactive, entertaining, and educational CD-ROM will help expose your students to the world of engineering in a very flexible and hands-on way. The journey begins in a library where you learn of a special time machine that was created to explore the history of engineering. The time machine is locked away inside a factory, and to gain access to the machine, students must complete brief activities where they are introduced to the basics of binary code and Boolean equations, both of which are used when dealing with computers, as in computer or electrical engineering. After entering the machine, students can go to three different locations. Ancient Egypt is where students learn about civil engineering by helping to design a ramp for a pyramid and an irrigation system. In World War II, students learn about electrical engineering by adjusting electrical specifications on a submarine, and then actually going through a simulated trip from the United States to Britain to see whether or not the submarine arrives safely. They can also help to choose radar detection systems to see which can survive the longest and best detect German planes. The third destination is the Middle Ages, where students help design a catapult and a drawbridge. The time spent on each activity is completely up to the student/teacher, as anywhere from 20 minutes to 2-3 hours can be spent at each location depending on how much you want to experiment and to learn. Even when one design works, students may wish to try other options and then evaluate the costs and benefits of the various designs. Each activity also has info on the mathematical/scientific specifics of the task which at times may be a bit over student's heads depending on the age and the specific activity, but will still expose the students to some of the complexity of engineering, and even some of the basics of mathematical/scientific principles that are used almost daily by some engineers. Also, the CD-ROM's official website (which can easily be Googled or accessed through a link in the CD itself) has PDF files of teacher's manuals which contain additional information on the activities, as well as suggested teaching methods and ways to get the most out of each activity. Encouraging students that are interested in pursuing a career in math and science, this CD-ROM will provide plenty of information and hands-on experience to expose children to the world of engineering. System requirements: Windows 95 or higher. ~ David