About the Book
Part of the Great Achievements in Engineering Series for teens, this book introduces engineering concepts like settlement, load and sustainability through in-depth examination of three projects: Confederation Bridge, the Burj Khalifa, and the Panama Canal. It also explores both the history and future of this foundational field of engineering.
I chose Confederation Bridge because I’ve actually been on it – it links New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. I was sad to discover, however, that I was a couple years too late to visit the bridge museum.
Because of my lousy spatial reasoning skills, I had a terrible time understanding how the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – actually manages to stand up. Fortunately, I have a very good friend who is also an engineer, and was kind enough to explain it to me.
There are so many great documentaries about the Panama Canal, I was able to spend several hours watching TV and legitimately calling it work!