Our first book in this series is Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. This book is a delightful story about a little girl named Rosie who learns that failure is a part of success. For those who have not yet read the book, here’s a summary:
Rosie Revere is a quiet child who loves to build inventions and gizmos. She makes a special hat for her uncle, who laughs at her invention. After that, she learns to keep her inventions to herself until her great-great aunt comes to visit. Her outgoing aunt tells Rosie that she has a goal of flying, so Rosie sets out to build a gizmo that will help her aunt fly. She shows her invention to her aunt who reassures Rosie that even though it failed, it was a perfect first try. She teaches Rosie that success comes from failure and encourages her to keep trying.
Rosie Revere, Engineer is a key book to share with students, especially at the beginning of the school year, because it addresses a key issue for most students: fear of failure. It provides an opportunity to help students understand that taking calculated risks (like raising their hands in class or sharing an idea with the group) is critical to future success and confidence.
So what better way to put this into practice than to introduce a design challenge! In this series, all of the design challenges come with a student booklet that guides students through the Engineering Design Process.