A Nonfiction Classroom Addition


“I wanted to bring engineering to life for children in a different way. . . . Our goal was to combine engineering and art to create something beautiful.”

Roma’s HOW WAS THAT BUILT? gives not only an in-depth look into some of the most impressive architectural marvels, but goes into the hows of it all. From “how to build long” with the Brooklyn Bridge to “how to build clean” with London’s sewers (and even more intense—how to build on ice, in the sea, and outer space), Roma goes above and beyond in giving young readers a sense of what structural engineering is, and opens their minds to seeing architecture in their world a little differently. The book has a ton of try-it-at-home experiments in order to learn these concepts, and it’s an incredibly fun, educational read for people of all ages.

Roma Agrawal herself is an impressive woman in her field, having worked on multiple footbridges, structures, train stations, and skyscrapers—including The Shard—she’s left an indelible mark on London’s landscape. She is a tireless promoter of engineering and technical careers to young people, particularly under-represented groups such as women. As an engineering story-teller, she presents documentaries and hosts the podcast Building Stories. HOW WAS THAT BUILT? is a young readers adaptation of her first book, BUILT, and she wrote this with the hopes of encouraging young people to move into STEM and structural engineering fields

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