App Review: Crazy Gears

Cost: $0.99 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Age Levels: 6-8 App Link     

The Crazy Gears app for iPad and iPhone is just outstanding in its simplicity and its ability to introduce young children to simple machines and mechanical motion. Simple elements in gears, chains, connecting rods, racks, and pulleys can be pushed around […]


App Review: Truss Me!

Cost: $1.99 Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Grade Levels: 7-12 iPad App Link

I generally see promise in any app related to technology and engineering, and I saw it here too in a concept to bring a structural design app to the iPad. But, this one misses the mark.

This app seems to […]


Engineers Decide

I wrote Engineers Decide because I want every young person to be able to envision himself or herself doing engineering. I know that most will not become engineers, but too many children never even see the possibility.

I originally wrote the book in 2008, which is about the time my oldest child was old enough […]


App Review: 123D Catch

Cost: Free Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Grade Levels: 7-12 iPad App Link

The 123D Catch app developed by Autodesk demonstrates exciting new possibilities for tablets and smart phones. Use your camera to take 20-30 photos of an object from various angles and 360 degrees around and the app generates a 3D model of […]


App Review: 3D CAD Models Engineering

Cost: Free Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Grade Levels: 7-12 iPad App Link

The CAD Models app provides access to thousands of drawn and rendered parts from more than 300 catalogs of leading global manufacturers. The downloadable 3D CAD models are compliant with the most important international standards and are available for all current […]


App Review: Wind Tunnel

Cost: $1.99, Free Lite and HD Pro versions available Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Grade Levels: 4-12 iPad App Link

The Wind Tunnel app allows you to draw freeform shapes on screen and observe a simulation of how particles and smoke would move over and around the shape in a wind tunnel. This could […]


The Team Approach

I’m writing this post for the first time from my new iPad. This device and Harry Roman’s post about Edison and R&D got me thinking about the process of invention and how its changed over the past century.

During Edison’s era, he made innovation happen in a unique way for that time. Having people of […]