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Skyscrapers: Investigating Feats of Engineering    by Donna Latham order for
by Donna Latham
Order:  USA  Can
Nomad, 2013 (2013)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

A companion book to Bridges and Tunnels and Canals and Dams, this activity book invites readers nine years of age and older to explore the fascinating world of towering structures and buildings found around the world.

From the ancient pyramids and the Eiffel Tower to Dubai's towering Burj Khalifa and the Willis Tower in Chicago, the reader will discover how these breathtaking structures were created. You'll look at the engineering boundaries that have been stretched to construct taller and taller skyscrapers and the new technology, building techniques and materials that have virtually made the sky the limit.

The 25 hands-on projects found in this book, illustrated with line drawings, will explore the reader's own engineering and building skills. The youngster will experiment with gravity, inertia, oscillation and static electricity as he or she tests different materials and constructs and tests his/her own structures to determine if they will withstand horizontal and vertical forces.

There are also plenty of interesting facts about skyscrapers that will hopefully pique the reader's interest and curiosity so that he/she will want to do further reading and research. There's a helpful resources list at the back of the book that will show the youngster where to begin.

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