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Designing Dandelions
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Designing Dandelions

Retail Price $11.95
Sale Price $9.56
Science / young readers
Cloth (litho case)
6 x 8, 96 pages
2-color illustrated throughout
Engineering Everything

Introducing engineering to young readers in a fun way

Designing Dandelions

An Engineering Everything Adventure

Emily Hunt and Michelle Pantoya

When Bells and Mitch, two young space aliens from the planet Exergy, crash-land on Earth, they must apply the engineering design process to get themselves back home. Captivated by the beautiful yellow dandelions near their crash site, Bells and Mitch investigate the dandelions’ life cycle. Observing how the flowers disperse their seeds, they construct a mechanical replica to launch their ship back into space. Showing how nature itself can instruct us in engineering, Hunt and Pantoya take young readers on a journey of discovery and problem solving. The authors worked with early childhood literacy experts and science museums in developing this story that teaches the relationship between science and engineering, explains the design process, and introduces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts and vocabulary.


Finally! A fun introduction to engineering with easily identifiable characters that show there is an engineer in all of us.

Dr. Pamela Eibeck, president of the University of the Pacific, engineer and mother

An out of this world adventure that follows the same design process we used aboard space shuttle Columbia

Dr. Al Sacco, NASA astronaut, engineer and father


Emily Hunt is a professor of mechanical engineering at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. She is the mother of four children.

Michelle Pantoya is a professor of mechanical engineering at Texas Tech University. She lives in Lubbock with her husband and four sons.

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