Applied Engineering: Studies of God's Design in Nature
This is the suggested course sequence that allows one core area of science to be studied per semester. You can change the sequence of the semesters per the needs or interests of your student; materials for each semester are independent of one another to allow flexibility.
Made in Heaven
Science shamelessly steals from God’s creation, yet refuses to give God the glory!
Discover how the glow of a cat’s eyes innovates road reflectors, the naturally sticky inspirations for Velcro and barbed wire, as well as a fly’s ear, the lizard’s foot, the moth’s eye, and other natural examples are inspiring improvements and new technologies in our lives.
Engineers and inventors have long examined God’s creation to understand and copy complex, proven mechanics of design in the science known as biomimicry. Much of this inspiration is increasingly drawn from amazing aspects of nature, including insects to plants to man, in search of wisdom and insight. We are surrounded daily by scientific advancements that have become everyday items, simply because man is copying from God’s incredible creation, without acknowledging the Creator.
Champions of Invention
The great minds of the past are still with us today, in many ways. Individuals who explored the natural world hundreds and thousands of years ago have given us a treasure of knowledge in all the sciences.
In this exciting series from educator/author John Hudson Tiner, short biographies of the world’s most gifted thinkers will inspire the leaders of tomorrow.
Study the life of the “forgotten” inventor, Joseph Henry, whose exploration of electricity set the standard for later innovators. Find out how a personal tragedy paved the way for Samuel F.B. Morse to put aside his painting and develop the telegraph.
These valuable learning guides will give students accurate accounts of lives from the halls of science, and explain what those scientists believed about the world around them.
Discovery of Design
From the frontiers of scientific discovery, researchers are now taking design elements from the natural world and creating extraordinary breakthroughs that benefit our health, our quality of life, and our ability to communicate, and even help us work more efficiently. An exciting look at cutting-edge scientific advances, Discovery of Design highlights incredible examples that include:
How things like batteries, human organ repair, microlenses, automotive engineering, paint, and even credit card security all have links to natural designs
Innovations like solar panels in space unfurled using technology gleaned from beech tree leaves, and optic research rooted in the photonic properties of opal gemstones
Current and future research from the fields of stealth technology, communications, cosmetics, nanotechnology, surveillance, and more!
Take a fantastic journey into the intersection of science and God’s blueprints for life — discovering answers to some of the most intricate challenges we face in a multi-purpose educational supplement.
Applied Engineering: Studies of God's Design in Nature
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Applied Engineering: Studies of God’s Design in Nature Parent Lesson Planner along with the books Made in Heaven, Champions of Invention (Champions of Discovery), and Discovery of Design make up the Applied Engineering: Studies of God’s Design in Nature course from Master Books. Our ninth grader is in the middle of this course, and we are loving every page. A builder and creator by nature, my son needed a science course that tapped into his interest in engineering, and Applied Engineering has really fit the bill.
This one-year, one-credit course is ideal for students in grades seven through nine, and it makes a good supplementary (or extra) science course to fill an elective spot. Our son is currently taking Biology as well as this course, and we find that Applied Engineering accompanies it nicely, with many of the concepts from Biology carrying over. Because of the likelihood that our son will explore a career in the engineering field, we’re tapping into his enthusiasm and including as much science as possible in his high school coursework.
The Applied Engineering course provides the parent teacher with everything scheduled out for you in the Parent Lesson Planner. The year-long schedule pages break down the books and page numbers into daily assignments, and worksheets, illustrated experiments, quizzes, tests, and answers are all included in one three-hole punched book with perforated pages. The publisher grants permission for reproducible pages to be copied for more than one student, making this a budget-friendly option for homeschool families.
Unique texts are used in this course, and they all present science from a biblical perspective. Discovery of Design: Searching Out the Creator’s Secrets features examples of how human inventions and discoveries all link to designs found in nature, such as insects and robotics, and an Osage orange and barbed wire. This book also includes chapter discussion questions and answers, and a glossary and detailed index.
Made in Heaven: Man’s Indiscriminate Stealing of God’s Amazing Design also demonstrates how engineers and inventors “steal” from nature’s design to create everything from Kevlar to Velcro. This book features full-color photographs throughout and clear explanations of concepts, with plenty of diagrams and captions to increase understanding and appeal to different learning styles.
Finally, Champions of Invention highlights some of the world’s most important thinkers through short biographical sketches of their impact on the world. The chapters are each from six to eight pages long, so even reluctant readers aren’t overwhelmed with the assignments, and photographs are included in many chapters.
The Applied Engineering course is proving to be one of my son’s favorites, and it has been one of the easiest curricula to teach from that I’ve used in our thirteen years of homeschooling. I love the ability to personalize learning to my son’s strengths and interests through a specialized course like this. (Posted on 1/15/2016)