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The Gadget Inventor Handbook

Warren, Mike (Author)
Sterling 2017. 64 pages
First published: 2017
ISBN: 9781454923473 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 621.38
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

recurring patterns

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This reference manual provides a fairly comprehensive introduction to basic electronic components, such as circuits, magnets and switches, tools such as wire strippers, and skills like soldering. The 14 projects, which focus on the creation of devices that are likely to interest aspiring young electronics engineers, include a personal doorbell (for “your very own room”), an LED bracelet (“bring your fashion bling out of the darkness”), robots, a potato clock and a pocket flashlight. Each “gadget” is rated according to difficulty, clearly broken down into materials and illustrated steps, and includes contextual information, as well as tips on how to take it further.

The drawings that accompany each of these projects are elaborately detailed and labelled; the instructions are broken down into multiple text frames, inset boxes and bubbles. The grey background evokes a blueprint, and the combination of dark colours and brighter spots suggest a pursuit that’s both serious and fun.

The book also includes a glossary, a list of additional resources and an index.

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    What electronic devices would you like to invent? Discuss how they would work and their purpose.

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    Create categories for the featured inventions, such as pure fun or life-saving. Compare your categories to those of other students.

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    Choose your favourite invention and research how much it would cost to produce. Consider all of the tools and materials you would need. Are you ordering online or shopping at a local store? Will it be possible to use some materials that you already have? Can you sell your invention to cover some of the costs?

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    Make a list of the possible jobs that could be associated with the inventions in this book. Which job intrigues you most?

  •  What electronic devices would you like to invent? Discuss how they would work and their purpose.
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    Find imperative verbs in the book. Do the same with a cookbook. How are the inventor’s instructions and a recipe similar? Write short instructions for something you do every day, like your brushing teeth.

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    Imagine that you are the inventor of one of the featured gadgets. You need one or more sponsors to help you start your business and sell your invention. You must convince them that your invention is the best. Write a short, convincing sales presentation to persuade the investors and present it to your classmates.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use information
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Science and Technology