I am a retired educator from the Toronto Catholic District School Board. I sit on the editorial board of the Science Teachers Association of Ontario for our two e-journals, Elements and Crucible. I also do hands-on science workshops with Scientists in School.
My book, Taylor’s Pneumatic Toys, features toys elementary and secondary students can build using wood. My book can supplement the Grade 6 “Space,” Grade 8 “Fluids” and Grade 9 “Earth and Space” science” curricula. I have drawings and pictures of each toy with instructions on how to build them. Children have the opportunity to learn the joy of working with wood to the construction of an end product. My signature toy, the pneumatic Canadarm, has been a hit with children and educators alike. Four weeks ago, I taught Ray Bielecki’s AstroNut Kids how to make my Canadarm. Children ranged in age from 8 to 14 (picture top right). Last May I taught secondary educators how to build my Canadarm at the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers annual conference at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
I have also taught educators how to build my Canadarm at
· Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) at John Space Center (NASA) in Houston, February, 2013 and 2014 and
· The Science Teachers Association of Ontario (STAO) annual conference in Toronto, November, 2012 and 2013 and I will be teaching it again in November of this year.
The first toy in my book is on the “Multiplication of Power” and can be found in the Nov/Dec 2013 edition of Canadian Teacher, pp 16-17.
Taylor’s Pneumatic Toys (ISBN 978-0-9918098-0-6) can be purchased online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indego, STAO Store, or directly from me at Stanley R Taylor Communications, PO Box 137, Leaskdale, ON L0C 1C0 for $25.00, which includes HST and shipping.
Please see the previous four posts of book reviews.
I am available to do workshops on my pneumatically controlled Canadarm within a 250 km radius of downtown Toronto with up to 30 Grades 6, 8 and 9 educators on a mutually agreeable date. I charge $25.00 per person (minimum of 10 educators) plus mileage at 40 cents/km over 100 km, one way.
Stanley R Taylor