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To find out more about structures and their builders:  

Building Big
Macaulay, David. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
Why this shape and not that? Why steel instead of concrete or stone? Why put it here and not over there? In Building Big, the series companion book, David Macaulay gets readers thinking about structures they see and use every day—bridges, tunnels, skyscrapers, domes, and dams. As always, the Caldecott Medal-winning author inspires readers of all ages to look at their world in a new way.
Full-color illustrations, 192 pp. $30. ISBN 0-395-96331-1 

The Random House Book of How Things Were Built
Brown, David J. New York: Random House, 1992.
Detailed, cutaway illustrations tell the stories of great structures throughout history and across the globe. Diagrams explain the basic principles behind these engineering feats. 

Experiment! Spiderwebs to Skyscrapers: The Science of Structures
Darling, David. New York: Dillon Press, 1991.
Simple explanations, large photographs, and hands-on activities explore foundations, materials, arches, trusses, and structures. 

Building America Series
Doherty, Craig, Bruce S. Glassman, Marcia S. Glesko, et al. Woodbridge, Connecticut: Blackbirch Press, 1995-1999.
These detailed stories of well-known American engineering wonders, such as the Empire State Building, Grand Coulee Dam, and Houston Astrodome, are good references for research and projects. 

Structures Series (Bridges; Dams; Skyscrapers; Tunnels)
Dunn, Andrew. New York: Thomas Learning, 1993.
Each book explains the importance, design, and construction of one type of structure, using photographs and examples from all over the world. Hands-on activities demonstrate basic engineering principles. 

Kaner, Etta. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1997.
Through a combination of illustrations, photographs, and simple hands-on activities, this book explains the physics behind a variety of bridge designs. 

Eyewitness Books: Force & Motion
Lafferty, Peter. New York: DK Publishing, 2000.
This guide integrates clearly written text with colorful visuals, including photographs, charts, illustrations, and models, to introduce the basic science of forces and motion.  

Designs in Science: Structures
Morgan, Sally, and Adrian Morgan. New York: Facts on File, 1993.
Colorful photographs and interesting facts and figures compare structures found in nature with those built by people. Diagrams and hands-on activities explain basic physical science principles such as forces and load. 

The X-Ray Picture Book of Big Buildings of the Modern World
Salariya, David, and Joanne Jessop. New York: Franklin Watts, 1994.
Detailed cutaway illustrations highlight interesting features of famous skyscrapers, cathedrals, and monuments from around the globe.  

The Art of Construction
Salvadori, Mario. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1990.
The friendly writing style, drawings, and frequent examples using household items make this classic presentation of the physical science of structures accessible for kids when presented in excerpts.

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Visit on the Web 
American Society of Civil Engineers
The official site of the American Society of Civil Engineers provides information on all branches of civil engineering. 

Boston's Big Dig
This site describes the challenges and methods of large-scale urban civil engineering, including the construction of tunnels, bridges, and roads, and highlights the project's environmental and social impact. 

Engineering Simulation
Kids can give Siemens engineers a hand designing their own airports using this online building simulation exercise. 

Hoover Dam
The official Hoover Dam Visitor Center site provides information on the dam, plus materials for educators. 

NOVA Online: Super Bridge
Clear text and diagrams compare various bridge designs. An interactive activity challenges visitors to choose the best bridge design for specific sites. 

Online Ethics Center for Engineering & Science
This site profiles a number of case studies in engineering ethics, including a thorough presentation of the Citicorp Tower crisis featured in Skyscrapers and Thinking Big. 

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Building Big with David Macaulay Boxed Set
Award-winning author-illustrator–and captivating storyteller–David Macaulay goes to extremes with five adventures that explore the greatest engineering wonders of the world: bridges, dams, domes, tunnels, and skyscrapers. The series introduces the courageous creators and builders and reveals the triumphs and struggles behind these breathtaking structures. Spectacular film footage, dramatic recreations, and Macaulay's uniquely illuminating illustrations excite, explain, and entertain in a big way. 
5 hours – $69.95
Individual videos also available – 1 hour – $19.95 each  

Thinking Big and Building Small
Ideally suited for educators, Thinking Big explores the process of engineering design through interviews with engineers and middle-school kids and one skyscraper's dramatic story. The video also contains Building Small, five hands-on building activities hosted by two kids from the hit PBS show ZOOM™.  
1 hour – $19.95 

Instructions for placing an order for any of these videos, or for a free catalog, are available on this Web site, or you can contact WGBH Boston Video at 800-949-8670.

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