For the Young Engineer – Making Machines with Springs

It’s hard to believe it, but the holiday season is fast approaching. If you have an aspiring mechanical engineer in your life, then we have the perfect gift idea for you. Making Machines with Springs (Simple Machine Projects) by Chris Oxlade will provide a hands-on approach to understanding springs for your young scientist.

From the Author:

Science theory and practical, fun projects teach the physics and the technology behind this simple machine. Important science curriculum is explained through historical and contemporary examples of springs. Step-by-step projects range from the simple to the more challenging.

Written for 7-9 year-olds, this 32 page paperback from Raintree Perspectives will get your child excited about the science of springs and their practical application in the world of engineering. Author Chris Oxlade has written dozens of books aimed at introducing young minds to science and the world of mechanical engineering. Currently available on Amazon.

Other Spring-Related Gift Ideas?

If you know of other educational or interesting gift ideas having to do with springs for kids of any age, let us know about it and maybe we’ll share it here!

Making Machines with Springs (Simple Machine Projects) by Chris Oxlade
Making Machines with Springs (Simple Machine Projects) by Chris Oxlade

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