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Engineering the City: How Infrastructure Works [Library Binding]

Matthys Levy , Richard Panchyk
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April 18 2008 1435260961 978-1435260962 Reprint
How does a city obtain water, gas, and electricity? Where do these services come from? How are they transported? The answer is infrastructure, or the inner, and sometimes invisible, workings of the city. Roads, railroads, bridges, telephone wires, and power lines are visible elements of the infrastructure; sewers, plumbing pipes, wires, tunnels, cables, and sometimes rails are usually buried underground or hidden behind walls. Engineering the City tells the fascinating story of infrastructure as it developed through history along with the growth of cities. Experiments, games, and construction diagrams show how these structures are built, how they work, and how they affect the environment of the city and the land outside it.
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Gr. 6-12. Future engineers, math enthusiasts, and students seeking ideas for science projects will all be fascinated by this book, which is filled with engineering "projects and principles for beginners." Facts about dams and bridges segue into information about water transportation and irrigation, and eventually into a chapter that answers the question, "What happens when I flush the toilet?" Other sections deal with highways, railroads, electrical circuitry, and garbage disposal. Simple line drawings unobtrusively enhance descriptions in the text, and there are specific, step-by-step ideas for engineering experiments that usually require only simple household objects. Each chapter ends with a brief list of suggested further activities that encompass geography, writing, geometry, and even history. A source of both general information and activities that can be used across the curriculum. Roger Leslie
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“Future engineers, math enthusiasts, and students seeking ideas for science projects will all be fascinated by this book.” —Booklist


“A terrific book to help you answer those tough questions about everyday structures in an urban environment...filled with useful drawings and pictures...loaded with experiments, design projects and construction diagrams.” —Demolition --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Engineering in the City-- a Dad's review Jan. 26 2001
Format:Paperback
I have an 8 year old son who is seriously addicted to Lego building blocks and anything else that can be built. I am also a cub scout den leader and that makes me pretty good at understanding what 8 and 9 year old boys like.
They like this book! It answers some basic questions, that very subtley provide some basic engineering principles. What is BEST about this book is that every chapter has several simple projects that your child and you can do together. Again, simple, but it is suprising how educational this kind of fun can be.
My cub scouts like building bridges the best so far. You can bet we will work our way through this book and do many more projects.
Honestly, I wish a book like this existed when I was a kid. I thought engineering was all math and boring! NO SO! This book lights a fire in my imagination as well as that of my son. I love this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engineering in the City-- a Dad's review Jan. 26 2001
By Patrick J. Welch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have an 8 year old son who is seriously addicted to Lego building blocks and anything else that can be built. I am also a cub scout den leader and that makes me pretty good at understanding what 8 and 9 year old boys like.
They like this book! It answers some basic questions, that very subtley provide some basic engineering principles. What is BEST about this book is that every chapter has several simple projects that your child and you can do together. Again, simple, but it is suprising how educational this kind of fun can be.
My cub scouts like building bridges the best so far. You can bet we will work our way through this book and do many more projects.
Honestly, I wish a book like this existed when I was a kid. I thought engineering was all math and boring! NO SO! This book lights a fire in my imagination as well as that of my son. I love this book!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have! Aug. 16 2007
By Mike F. - Published on Amazon.com
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I totally agree with the previous reviewer; this is a fun book to read with your kids and do the activies together. It's also perfect for those awkward moments when they ask you a question like, "how does a road work?" and you don't exactly know the answer. It spells out everything in an easy-to-understand way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginning engineers to get an introduction. Dec 4 2012
By Dusty - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was ideal for my daughter to get an introduction to Engineering. The reading level was just right for her.
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Teacher's Guide Feb. 11 2014
By Jiang Xueqin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very helpful guide for teachers who want to give their K-6 students a broad overview of urban infrastructure. The writing is clear and crisp, and there are a lot of accompanying diagrams and examples.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic books for young engineers (to be)! Feb. 7 2014
By Ellen - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book easy to read, with excellent pictures. We need our young people interested in engineering and understand what it means. Fascinating! Fantastic books for young engineers (to be)!
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