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EGYPT: SCIENCE, DESIGN / TECHNOLOGY
Books, Audio and Interactive Resources for Education
Childrens' Books, Classroom Activities, Teaching Methods, Specialist Study

also see: MEDICINE IN EGYPT

Our selections of educational resources about Science relating to Egypt include books and other resources suitable for Scottish Standard Curriculum 5 -14 / National Curriculum Key Stage 2 History. Some fantastic Cross-Curricular materials with an Egyptian theme are included, and one section covers the way that Egytplolgists are using science for their archaeological studies.

There's also a section on teaching methods and a shorter section for specialist study.


EGYPT: DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Science of the Past Series:
SCIENCE IN ANCIENT EGYPT SCIENCE IN ANCIENT EGYPT
by Geraldine Woods

also see: ANCIENT SCIENCE

NEW! June 2010
NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY IN EGYPT: EGYPTIAN NUCLEAR PHYSICISTS, ABDEL-MONIEM EL-GANAYNI, SAMEERA MOUSSA, EGYPTIAN ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY

NEW! June 2010
EXPERIMENTS IN EGYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGY: STONEWORKING TECHNOLOGY IN ANCIENT EGYPT by Denys A. Stocks (Paperback - 29 Jun 2010)

ANCIENT EGYPT (TECHNOLOGY IN TIMES PAST) by Robert Snedden (Franklin Watts)

Also available in a School & Library Binding (2008)

THE PICTURE HISTORY OF THE GREAT INVENTORS by Gillian Clements (Frances Lincoln Childrens Books)

Gillian Clements introduces hundreds of the great inventors of the world, beginning with the earliest civilisations of ancient China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome — from the unknown man or woman who invented the wheel, to the research teams at work today on space technology or on Virtual Reality. She also looks in more detail at the lives and work of more than fifty major innovators

Bursting with facts, serious and comic, the book describes, in easy to follow language, the lives and work of more than fifty major innovators, with delightful illustrated references to hundreds more.

The text is supported by a comprehensive glossary, diagrams and a separate timeline on each spread.

BOUSHRA'S DAY (From Dawn to Dusk) by Khaled El Dash

Khaled El Dash's photographs illustrates the daily life and experiences of a child from Egypt - specifically, Cairo. The role of tourism in Egypt today is referred to - for instance an Egyptian man shows a tourist how to make papyrus the ancient Egyptian way. Children should be able to notice similarities as well as differences between their own lives and the lives of children living in Cairo.

REINVENT THE WHEEL: MAKE CLASSIC INVENTIONS, DISCOVER YOUR PROBLEM-SOLVING GENIUS AND TAKE THE INVENTOR'S CHALLENGE
by Ruth Kassinger

Fun, hands on projects with easy to follow instructions on how to make some common things we often take for granted, from paper to compasses. Reinvent the Wheel encourages children to uncover the answers to intriguing questions . . Who created ink? Why did Archimedes invent the water screw? How did cave artists come up with paint? Ineresting technological details are included - such as how the ancient Egyptians made ink stick to papyrus (using a binder of glue, tree sap ...)

In learning how and why these inventors were inspired, children understand more about how to think of their own inventions.

ANCIENT EGYPTIANS: DISCOVERIES AND INVENTIONS (PRIMARY HISTORY TOPIC BOOKS)
by Jane Shuter (Heinemann)

Focusing on the discoveries and inventions of the Ancient Egyptians. This title uses a variety of written and pictorial sources and is well illustrated.

Also by Jane Shuter: ANCIENT EGYPTIANS (HISTORY OPENS WINDOWS) School & School & Library Binding

THE PYRAMID BUILDERS OF ANCIENT EGYPT: MODERN INVESTIGATION OF PHARAOH'S WORKFORCE
by Dr A Rosalie David (Routledge)

A detective story focusing on the town of Kahun and Petrie's excavation of 1888/89. This story portrays the builders of the pyramids as ordinary people who worried about their families and planned a strike to improve their working conditions.

SCIENCE IN ANCIENT EGYPT

FOR THE CLASSROOM:
Belair - A World of Display
SCIENCE ON DISPLAY by Caroline Dale

Fantastic ideas - even though Ancient Egypt is not specifically included. But they used their hands (very creatively) - and there's a fantastic display about 'hands' that could be very effectively adapted . . .

CITIES OF THE DEAD: FINDING LOST CIVILIZATIONS (24/7: SCIENCE BEHIND THE SCENES: MYSTERY FILES)
by Denise Rinaldo (Franklin Watts)

SCIENCE AROUND THE WORLD: TRAVEL THROUGH TIME AND SPACE WITH FUN EXPERIMENTS AND PROJECTS
by Shar Levine, Leslie Johnstone

SCIENCE IN ANCIENT EGYPT SCIENCE IN ANCIENT EGYPT - Science of the Past Series

Interesting topics about the achievements of the ancient Egyptians in science, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, agriculture, and technology. A useful chapter looks at inventions we still use today which originated in Egypt - for example, the Egyptians were the first to design locks with a notched key matching pegs within the lock. Children can also test some techniques for themselves - eg. the Egyptian method of multiplying and dividing numbers.

The author points out gaps in our knowledge of Egyptian technology and explaining when the techniques described (eg. used for shaping stones) are theoretical. More illustrations would help - but its a good brief introduction to the subject and works well as a classsroom 'read aloud'.

Note:
One reviewer notes that the Sumerians, not the Egyptians, invented the irrigation of crops and the domestication of livestock, as suggested in this book. The same reviewer also takes issue with the concept that the Egyptians 'used science' to advance medicine (using the argument that as they used trial and error alone, and did not seek to explain how or why something worked, the Egyptians did not practice true science in the development of their medical procedures).

HOW EGYTPLOLGISTS USE SCIENCE

HOWARD CARTER: SEARCHING FOR KING TUT - Scientific American Science Superstar Series (Scientific American) by Barbara Ford and Janet Hamlin

The Scientific American "Science Superstar" series is a set of biographies designed for juvenile readers ages 7 to 12. They show us real people struggling to overcome obstacles, self doubt and personal weaknesses, and are written in a clear, appealing style.

Howard Carter's fascinatation with the Egyptian pharoahs began when he was a child. He wasn't in the slightest bit deterred by lack of money - and he he pursued his theory stubbornly, and even agressively, despite lack of any evidence. "Searching For King Tut" takes us behind-the-scenes and reveals the intrigue which surrounded his now famous discovery.

Other titles in the "Science Superstar" series series successfully present a career in science as a realistic life choice - but "Searching For King Tut" focusses more on revealing the reality of the politics involved in treasure hunting, and the science used by archaeologists loses out a litle to this theme.

But it's a good read - and a useful resource.

more of The Scientific American "Science Superstar" series

GREAT ANCIENT EGYPT PROJECTS YOU CAN BUILD YOURSELF

For Key Stage 2.

The activity book explores ancient Egyptian food and housing, games and toys, farming, medicine, clothing and jewelry, as well as gods, pharaohs, hieroglyphs, pyramids, temples, and mummies.

For each section there are hands-on projects - using easily obtainable materials and needing little adult supervision - ranging from reed boats, papyrus, and amulets to pyramids, pharaohs, and mummies.

They projects are fun, creative and useful for design and technology, and other cross curricular links, for instance: building a shaduf, making a 1:1,000 scale model of the Great Pyramid, cooking flatbread, recreating papyrus, mixing perfume, designing a cartouche using hieroglyphs, and making sandals in the style worn by King Tut.

Also includes 'Did You Know?' quizzes.



Classroom Activities

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO MAKING HANDMADE BOOKS
by Gabrielle Fox (North Light Books)

Early writing was done by making an impression into a relatively soft material. Writing onto the surface of a manufactured material began with the invention of papyrus. This book describes how papyrus scrolls were made, as well as showing how to produce your own handmade books.

This book contains 11 projects with complete step-by-step instruction, a materials list (ordinary and decorative papers, recycled material and other cool stuff) and ideas for uses - plus instructions for more complex variations. Fox starts by describing the various tools involved (from bodkins and bone folders to adhesives) and explains the terminology and techniques in detail.

The projects range from a simple folded tunnel book and nonadhesive accordion book to several sewn bindings to a slipcase and a portfolio. THE EGYPTIANS POP-UP: A POP-UP BOOK TO MAKE YOURSELF (Ancient Civilisations Pop-ups) by Anne Wild, Gerald Jenkins, and British Museum Publications

UNWRAP THE MUMMY: A FOUR-FOOT-LONG, FACT-FILLED, POP-UP MUMMY TO EXPLORE by Ian Dicks, David Hawcock, and Sadie Fields Productions

THE GREAT PYRAMID: AN INTERACTIVE BOOK
by Roscoe Cooper and Carolyn Croll (British Museum Press)

A fun and accessible way to interest children in the culture, gods and people of ancient Egypt. A series of five pop-up scenes shows the step-by-step construction of The Great Pyramid.

PAPYRUS TECHNOLOGY - USING PAPYRUS IN THE CLASSROOM

MAKE AND USE BOOKS
by Anna-Marie D'Cruz (Wayland, 2007)

Supports the Key Stage 2 Design and Technology curriculum. Step-by-step projects for KS2, including using papyrus. Skills range from basic sticking and pasting to more advanced techniques including papier-mâchè and sewing. The cultural significance, science and history behind each project is explained, making the series an excellent cross-curricular resource.

THE ART OF CONSTRUCTION (Kaleidoscopes)
by Sally Grindley (Kingfisher Books)

The technology of construction - from the pyramids of Ancient Egypt to the present day. Features flaps, fold-outs, moving parts, and cross-sections.

STOP THE COPYING WITH WILD AND WACKY RESEARCH PROJECTS
by Nancy Polette

Quickie projects for kids based on wacky but true facts on many themes including - in part ten: Ancient Curses - a project about 'The Mummy's Curse' encountered by Howard Carter in 189.

'Stop the Copying' aims to help children think about the information they are researching - assessing it critically and independently. Students are inspired to present the results of their research in new ways, as a way of promoting creativity and preventing plagiarism. Cinquains, acrostic poems, quizzes, and graphic organizers help children create poems, games, quizzes and other less traditional formats.

Based on the USA expert Nancy Polette's most popular workshops - Research Without Copying - this book is great for school librarians and teachers aiming to improve standards in writing, reading comprehension and information literacy in grades 4-8. Includes a useful list of literature resources for each topic.

EGYPT - THE CULTURE (Lands, Peoples, & Cultures) EGYPT - THE CULTURE (Lands, Peoples, & Cultures)
by Arlene Moscovitch (Crabtree)

Covering construction, sustainable development, population growth, pollution . . . this revised edition of "Egypt - The Culture" is a great cross-curricular resource for the 9-10 age range.

In Egypt today, pyramids sit in modern farming villages and construction crews are busy renovating and restoring ancient city architecture. The ancient and modern cultural history of Egypt are related to contemporary issues - sustainable development - how the country combats terrorism - the environmental impact of Egypt's growing population - how pollution effects the pyramids.

Half of the images are new! Topics include mummies, King Tutenkhamun, everyday life in Ancient Egypt, modern Egyptian music, dance, literature and art.

Also available as:
EGYPT - THE CULTURE: School / Library Binding (cover picture: boy) 2008

EGYPT: THE CULTURE - School / Library Binding (cover picture: girl) 2008
Crabtree Publishing have many fantastic series - usually as Book & CD-ROM sets - usually also available in School / Library Binding - and sometimes on Audio CD.

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Step Inside: Egypt A Magical 3-Dimensional Ancient World STEP INSIDE: EGYPT A MAGICAL 3-DIMENSIONAL ANCIENT WORLD Pop Up Book (Sterling)
by Ronne Randall, Illustrated by Brian Palmer, Ages 4-8

Ten-year-old Seneb guides readers on a journey to the town of Kahun, on the banks of the River Nile. One of Egypt's famed pyramids is nearly finished - after 20 years of work. Workers scramble to load building materials on to boats - people rush to the market - Seneb's family prepares for a celebratory feast. Incredible 3-D displays fold out filled with extensive detail: cats at the market. the distant desert, boats crossing the river to the faraway homes, priests wrapping mummies, elaborate funeral processions.

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EXPLORE ANCIENT EGYPT! 25 GREAT PROJECTS, ACTIVITIES, AND EXPERIMENTS
by Carmella Van Vleet (Nomad Press)

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY IN EGYPT: More Advanced Books

BUILDING IN EGYPT: PHARAONIC STONE MASONRY
by Dieter Arnold (Oxford University Press)

Reprint of a leading book on the methods of stone construction in Egypt. Covers the production, quarrying, and transport of stone and tools used in the buildings from the beginnings at the pyramid complex of Djoser at Saqqara in 2700 B.C. through the pyramids of the Old and Middle Kingdoms to the hypostyle hall at Karnak and other buildings. The book also answers speculative literature on how the builders solved certain technical problems.

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
by Paul T. Nicholson and Ian Shaw (Cambridge University Press, 2000)

A technical book (university level) biased towards archaeologyl and social science. Written by leading scholars in their fields, Ancient Egyptian Materials And Technology deals comprehesively with technology and materials in ancient Egypt — stone manufacture, soil construction, bread and beer production, mummification to list a few.

Amongst other experts, Paul T. Nicholson draws upon his work at Amarna as well as his experimental work for the section on glass and faience.

Includes detailed bibliographies for each section.

MATERIALS AND INDUSTRIES IN ANCIENT EGYPT'
by A. Lucas and J.R. Harris (Kessinger, 2003)

This book adopts a more scientific outlook than Ancient Egyptian Materials And Technology , and lacks the archaeological and social analysis. It also lacks illustrations.

THE LOST DINOSAURS OF EGYPT
by William E. Nothdurft (2004)

In 1911, Dr. Ernst Stromer discovered new species of dinosaurs during his expedition to Egypt's Bahariya Oasis - but his discovery was lost during the Allied bombing of Munich in 1944. Unwilling to leave it there, a team from the University of Pennsylvania - financed by a Los Angeles documentary film company - decided to recreate his expedition.

Their amazing discovery of a new species of huge dinosaur - and the realisation that at least two other equally gigantic dinosaur species lived alongside this 80-100 creature - prompted the question: How could this desert area support three such huge species? The geologists on the team are called upon to investigate.

The author is a good storyteller, and conveys both the personalities and building excitement of the expedition. A great read.

EGYPT: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY- SPECIALIST BOOKS

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PALEOCLIMATOLOGY AND ANCIENT ENVIRONMENTS (Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences)
by Vivien Gornitz

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