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Spring 2014

Professor Writes Engineering Children’s Book

‘Designing Dandelions’ chronicles stranded space aliens using engineering principles to find a way home.

by Grace Acuña

Designing Dandelions: An Engineering Everything Adventure

A Texas Tech University professor has written another child’s book teaching basic problem-solving skills by using engineering concepts and vocabulary.

Michelle Pantoya, an engineering professor at Texas Tech, and her co-author Emily Hunt, an engineering professor at West Texas A&M University and a Texas Tech alumna, worked with early childhood literacy experts and science museums to develop their most recent title, “Designing Dandelions: An Engineering Everything Adventure.”

The book tells the story of two young space aliens from the planet Exergy who have crash-landed on Earth and must apply the engineering design process to get themselves back home. The book aims to teach children the relationship between science and engineering and introduce them to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts.

“I’m very excited to bring engineering to young children and start to inspire the future generations that will impact our world,” Pantoya said.

“Designing Dandelions” is the third book published by the author pair and their first to be published by Texas Tech University Press. Their previous titles, “Engineering Elephants” and “Pride by Design,” also have engineering themes.


Grace Acuña is a Student Assistant in the Office of Communications & Marketing at Texas Tech University.

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Nov 24, 2015