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Fantastic Feats and Failures

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Astronauts on Apollo 13 averted disaster with the help of duct tape. The design of the Sydney Opera House was based on the segments of an orange. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge swayed so much it was nicknamed “Galloping Gertie.” From genius designs to deadly design-flaws, the story of engineering is full of oddities and surprises. Fantastic Feats and Failures includes bridge and dome-building projects, and other activities to test your engineering know-how.

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Astronauts on Apollo 13 averted disaster with the help of duct tape. The design of the Sydney Opera House was based on the segments of an orange. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge swayed so much it was nicknamed “Galloping Gertie.” From genius designs to deadly design-flaws, the story of engineering is full of oddities and surprises. Fantastic Feats and Failures includes bridge and dome-building projects, and other activities to test your engineering know-how.

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Reading Levels

    lexile level
  • 960L

  • guided reading
  • W

  • guided reading grade level
  • 5/6

  • accelerated reader interest lvl
  • MG

  • accelerated reader reading level
  • 6.6

AWARDS & REVIEWS

Reviews

"Well organized and engagingly written, the one- to four-page chapters present good overall views of these endeavors as well as amusing and intriguing details of their design and construction. Excellent photos, most in color, illustrate the places and events discussed, while colorful drawings visually represent concepts such as elevations of water and locks along the Panama Canal. There isn’t much about engineering in kids’ books; this is a lively introduction."

Booklist, 01/09/2004

"Thickly illustrated with bright color photos and lucid diagrams, this will be popular with casual browsers and all fans of large-scale human endeavor."

Kirkus Reviews, 01/09/2004

"A fascinating ode to the practical magic of engineering."

Quill & Quire, Starred Review, 01/08/2004

Awards

  • 2007 - Red Cedar Book Award, American Institute of Physics, Short-listed

  • 2006 - Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council., Short-listed

  • 2006 - Rocky Mountain Book Award, ForeWord Magazine, Commended

  • 2006 - Science Writing Award, , Winner

  • 2005 - Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students, , Winner

  • 2005 - Silver Birch Award, , Short-listed

  • 2004 - Book of the Year Award, , Runner-up

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