A Bit of Energy. A technical story book.
One day when they are having a steam up on the farm railway, one of the visiting children asks where all the energy comes from to make the engine work. This seems quite a simple question, but in the answer a lot of science is explored: Heat, coal, mechanical energy, but where does the coal get its energy from…….. Paperback with 32 pages.
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When Peter is given an old electric scooter, the motor and battery are used to make a new electric locomotive. This is handy because it can run instantly, whereas Fiery Fox takes at least an hour to get up steam. Quite a wide range of engineering topics are covered, including making castings by melting scrap iron, making the mould from sand and machining the rough castings in the lathe to finish them. Paperback with 32 pages.
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Grandpa Goes Bananas
Although this is one of the “Little” books for younger readers, there is still plenty of engineering going on, wrapped up in a fun story! Grandpa and the children decide to get an old steam locomotive working in a museum one night: while enjoying the story, the reader learns about filling the boiler with water, lighting the fire, raising steam. Then there is information about using oil to reduce friction so that the locomotive doesn’t take off through the wall of the museum! Paperback with 32 pages.
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