Thursday, August 3, 2017

Book Review: Duct Tape Engineer: The Book of Big, Bigger, and Epic Duct Tape Projects by Lance Akiyama

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from The Quarto Group, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.



Once again, Lance is back to make engineering EASY and fun!

duct tape engineer cover


                                                               Synopsis:


From a working cannon to a bridge, this powerful everyday adhesive is perfect for creating incredible things! In Duct Tape Engineer, master tinkerer Lance Akiyama shows readers how to design and build fourteen mega projects ranging from backpacks to queen-size beds from nothing but duct tape. Every project is specially designed by Akiyama to be a blast to build, and last a good long time. Packed with full-color illustrations and easy to follow instructions, Duct Tape Engineer is perfect for crafters of any age. (PS Duck Tape Brand works closely with the author on lots of project and loves this book! 

Check out this video, for more on lance and building large items with Duct tape -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaVHe4HWDkc )  (Warning, it's addicting, you might have to watch the entire series for more ideas!)

duct tape chair


Review:

WHO would have thought you could build a chair from cardboard and duct tape, that would be sturdy? or a dresser or a bed frame? It boggles the mind!

Miss Grace and I had watched an episode of Mythbusters, where they had made boats out of styrofoam and duct tape, so we knew boats were possible, but furniture, hammock and swings, just blew our minds! But along the way, there is some really SOLID advice on how to use duct tape correctly, like this:

duct tape hint

Did you know that? I did, but only because a professional mover had shown me! So while you might not be building that backyard swing with duct tape, this book does offer some great ideas that can get teens thinking about science experiments using duct tape, and possibly on slightly smaller scales! And it's GREAT for those "I'm Bored / End of Summer" moments too- just give them one of the challenged from this book, some duct tape and cardboard, and see what they can do! We highly recommend this book for more duct tape inspiration!



About the Author

Author Lance Akiyama combines tinkering and education into a single aspiration: to create a better world by inspiring the next generation of innovators with exciting hands-on projects. He has created project-based learning tutorials on Instructables.com, started an after-school engineering service, and is currently employed as a STEM-based curriculum developer for Galileo Learning. Lance spends his free time designing elaborate plans for advanced contraptions, keeping journals in cryptic backwards writing, and attempting to fly by strapping paper wings to his arms and leaping from rooftops. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Lance Akiyama is the author of Rubber Band Engineer (2016), Duct Tape Engineer (2017), and the forthcoming 2018 book DIY Ballistics Engineer--all from Rockport Publishers

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