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Sep 23 2019

Inventor Lab : brilliant builds for super makers by Jack Challoner

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Foreword by Dr Lucy Rogers. DK, 2019. ISBN: 9780241343517.
(Age: 10+) Recommended. Themes: Electronics; Inventions; Science - Physics.Inventor Lab is a step-by-step instruction book detailing how to connect electronic components to make some unsophisticated electronic projects. There are introduction chapters that detail safety information and descriptions of individual components. The rest of the book uses clear pictorial descriptions with simple instructions to create an array of projects, from the simple Coin battery to some quite complex wired and powered constructions including radios and an automatic night light. The skills required are not particularly difficult, but would require perseverance and interest to pursue (as well as appropriate equipment). So, this book is for those who are keen tinkerers and willing to try to stretch their skills in creating electronic items. The next generation of electronics experts will enjoy this book. Invention implies novelty rather than following prescribed instructions, but this may be the book that leads to personal exploration and invention after learning the basic skills.
The presentation of the book is in Dorling Kindersley's clear and impressive style that will appeal for its simplicity. It is written in a way that could be read or used by young readers aged 10+; the projects seem to suit somewhat older readers.
Carolyn Hull

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