Recently, a friend asked about books people like that promote the maker movement in the classroom. Many of these recommended books on my list include wonderful activities that will certainly get your students thinking about engineering and creating! It took a few days for me to compile this list, and I am confident there are choices on here many will most certainly like, even those that are not familiar from the get-go.
All of these links direct you to Amazon.com, where you can preview the books and read reviews. These books are listed in no particular order (I apologize for not categorizing). A lot of these books are applicable for science teachers as well with many practical and awesome engineering challenges and experiments.
- The Annotated Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory: Build Over 200 Pieces of Science Equipment! by Windell Oskay
- The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson (Exploratorium)
- Unbored: The Essential Guide to Serious Fun by Elizabeth Foy Larsen
- From STEM to STEAM: Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate the Arts by David A. Souza
- Hands-On Engineering: Real-World Projects for the Classroom by Beth Andrews
- STEM to Story: Enthralling and Effective Lesson Plans for Grades 5-8 by 826 National (NSTA)
- Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects by Sophie Maletsky
- 3D Printing: Second Edition by Christopher Barnatt
- Make: Rockets: Down-to-Earth Rocket Science by Mike Westerfield
- Sew Electric by Leah Buechley
- Sylvia's Super-Awesome Project Book: Super-Awesome Arduino! by Sylvia Todd
- How to Be An Explorer of the World by Keri Smith
- The Imaginary World of ______ by Keri Smith
- Blogging for Creatives by Robin Houghton
- Stomp Rockets, Catapults, and Kaleidoscopes by Curt Gabrielson
- Super Scratch Programming Adventure! by the LEAD Project
- Help Your Kids with Computer Coding by DK Publishing
- Programming Arduino: Getting Started with Sketches by Simon Monk
- Rocketry: Investigate the Science and Technology of Rockets and Ballistics by Carla Mooney, illustrated by Caitlyn Denham
- Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects by Donna Latham
Needless to say, students will be inspired by these books! Have a phenomenal time reading and exploring!