The main reason I love Master Books is that they offer creation based curriculum. That is very important to me. One of the other big reasons that I love Master Books is that they offer many curriculum options that you will not find anywhere else. Usually for High School science curriculum you find things like General Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Master Books has several different options including: Advanced Pre-Med, Survey of Astronomy, Life Science, and my latest review, Applied Engineering: Studies of God's Design in Nature. Curriculum Pack.
Studies of God's Design in Nature is a 4 book set that includes:
Made in Heaven- This book is a hard cover, 79 page book with full color illustrations. It has 32 examples of different inventions that have been created based on something that God designed first and we can see in nature. Students will learn about the inspiration for things like road reflectors, Velcro, body armor, jet propulsion, solar panels, and more.
Champions of Invention- This 68 page paperback book has nine different chapters containing biographies of some of the world's most gifted thinkers, giving an account of their lives and what they believed about the world around them.
Discovery of Design- This 233 page paperback book has 8 different chapters how many items in our every day life that benefit our health, quality of life, communication ability, and help us work more efficiently have links back to natural designs.
Parent Lesson Planner- This 262 page paperback book contains the weekly lesson schedule, student worksheets, quizzes, and tests, answer key, and lab assignments.
This curriculum is designed for use in grades 7 and up ,is worth 1 credit, and has 36 weeks of lesson plans. You can purchase the curriculum pack for $39.93 to use with any of these grades, or you can find Studies of God's Design in Nature as part of the 11th Grade Curriculum Bundle that also includes World Literature, World History, History of Religious Liberty, Apologetics in Action, and Intro to Economics for $247.02.
The Applied Engineering Studies of God's Design in Nature Set is very interesting! I have never seen anything like it before. I love that it is creation based. So many fascinating man made designs are based on something that God designed first. All three of the books contain fascinating information, but Made in Heaven is my favorite because of the beautiful illustrations. There are several interesting hands on activities (labs) that are included in the PLP and I was very happy to see that they used ordinary supplies that you probably already have around the house or can easily obtain. The copyright allows you to make copies of the student worksheets for your family which is very helpful for those who have multiple students. The schedule included in the PLP schedules the course 4 days per week which is great for my family because we have a 4 day homeschool week, but it is flexible and can be adjusted easily to suit your family's needs.
This course is intended to be used as a 1 credit science course, but for students who are already following a more traditional path of high school science courses, it could also be used for elective credits. I have a son who is getting ready to start high school and I have had a hard time thinking of electives that would be interesting to him. Studies of God's Design in Nature will work great for him as an elective.
Stop by Master Books to see their affordable, creation based subject sets and complete curriculum choices for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, and 4th-12th grade.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this curriculum from Master Books for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.