Good books for a young engineer?

Hi! I am a mom to a few very bright children, one of which desperately wants to become a biomedical engineer. She is 13, keeping in mind that she reads at an early high school level, could you suggest any books that might sustain her interest, without being a text book? Thank you!
posted by Heather T, Lewiston, Maine on December 3, 2013

Answer by Santiana Jean-Baptiste

Hello and thank you for your question.  

When I was 13 years old, I too was interested in reading books relating to science and engineering.  At that age, what helped sustain my interest on these topics was participating in "hands on"  projects.  I would recommend that you visit this site:  http://www.carnegielibrary.org/teens/stem/showbooklist.cfm?catid=6&list=STEM_sciencefair

I like the fact that this site have many different books on scientific projects; ones that you can work on at home.  This will help your daughter be engaged, while expanding her knowledge on scientific principals.  Also, this site have fun books on a multitude of science subjects (i.e Anatomy, Chemistry, Biology, etc).

I've also included a link for you, as a parent (http://theinstitute.ieee.org/career-and-education/preuniversity-education/online-magazine-to-spark-engineering-interest-in-teens).  This is an Online Magazine to Spark Engineering Interests in Teens.  The site is a great tool to help you help her,  on her journey to become an Engineer.

I hope this helps.  

Kind Regards,

Santiana Jean-Baptiste