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I Want to Be an Engineer by Stephanie Maze

I Want to Be an Engineer

by Stephanie Maze

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As a part of a children's series that features future possible professions, this book explores the many opportunities in a career as an engineer. It begins with an overview of the broad range of jobs that fall under the engineer category, before discoursing on the education necessary to pursue engineer work, and the history of this respected job. The book then focuses on a few concrete examples of different jobs and accomplishments that engineers achieve, from robotics and car development, to movie special effects and international projects. The book includes a two-page spread that defines vocabulary specific to the profession, a page that introduces interesting facts related to engineering, a small biography section profiling famous engineers, and a couple of pages that are simply filled with photographs showing amazing advancements made through engineering.

The author does a commendable job of teaching about a huge topic in a small amount of space. The information is clear and the photographs help to explain the profession and make it look appealing. Each small section is labeled with an informative title, uses simple text, and is enhanced with many photographs. As far as a book about engineering goes, this is well done. For children who have an interest in puzzles, building things, and solving problems, the possibilities in this career could fascinate them. This book would be a gem for them. Also, it is a nice way to introduce children to future options. However, the information is dry, even with all of the photographs and thoughtful organization, and reads like an extended encyclopedia entry. Although I wish the series had a more creative and engaging presentation, it is a nice resource book. ( )
  nmhale | Oct 2, 2013 |
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Various careers are explored, including civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering as well as robotics and animatronics, which creates many of the special effects used in movies.

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Describes the work of the various branches of engineering.

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