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Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like An Inventor

From world-renowned scientist, inventor, and autism spokesperson Temple Grandin comes an inspiring book full of inventions, personal stories, and fascinating facts that will help young tinkerers make their own inventions soar! The book includes 25 kid-friendly projects, complete with step-by-step instructions and diagrams, focused on topics such as 'things made of wood', 'things that fly,' and 'optical illusions.'

Throughout the text, Grandin shares many anecdotes about her own childhood inventions, and insights into how her autism enabled her to see things in unique ways. She also delves into the science behind inventions, while suggesting ways that young inventors can expand their 'inventor's mindset' and broaden their understanding of what it means to tinker, to fiddle, and to innovate.

More than a blueprint for how to build things, in Calling All Minds Grandin creates a blueprint for different ways to look at the world. And more than a call to action, she gives a call to imagination, and shows readers that there is truly no single way to approach any given problem — but that an open and inquisitive mind is always key.

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"Detailed step-by-step instructions and drawings accompany each project, which include a puppet theater, a kite, a wooden sailboat, and a stereoscope. Included within each section is historical background on inventors from the past and inventions of note.... Grandin offers a nuanced perspective on the qualities of a successful inventor — notably, a sense of wonder and curiosity, careful observation, and the willingness to learn from mistakes." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 8 - 12
Author Temple Grandin
ISBN 1524738220
Publication Date May 15, 2018
Publisher Philomel Books
Language English