Gutsy Girls Go For Science: Programmers
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Do you like solving problems? Are you dying to automate even the simplest of processes? Do you always need to know how things work? Programming is the process of breaking down complex tasks into a set of instructions. This is what programmers do when they write code that will make your computer do what you tell it to! In Gutsy Girls Go for Science: Programmers with STEM Projects for Kids, readers ages 8 to 11 meet five female programmers who made revolutionary discoveries and inventions that changed the way people used technology! Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, the ENIAC women, Dorothy Vaughan, and Margaret Hamilton all broke through barriers of both gender and race to succeed in a field they loved.
• Through hands-on STEM projects such as designing a web page, creating a prototype, and learning about variables, kids gain critical thinking skills just like the ones necessary to succeed in the field.
• Essential questions, cool facts about female programmers, and links to online resources all reinforce high-level learning.
• Using a fun narrative style, engaging illustrations combined with photography, fascinating facts, essential questions, and hands-on projects, this book deepens readers’ creative thinking skills.
Real-world technology projects pair up with inspiring biographies of female computer scientists to make a full-color book that will have kids ages 8 to 11 eager to develop their own apps!
Karen Bush Gibson
8 - 11 years
Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, the ENIAC women, Dorothy Vaughan, Margaret Hamilton
Girls Love STEAM Review:
Additional Reader & Professional Reviews:
"These sprightly biography anthologies spotlight five women whose curiosity and determination led them to break barriers and change perceptions. QR codes support information relayed in time lines, archive photos, reflective questions, sidebars, and pull quotes. The codes are used to their very best effect, sending readers to news reports, archival video, websites, TEDx talks, and even a webcomic. Each link is listed in the backmatter. The five or six activities per book range from simple observation to rather involved projects and forgo detailed instructions, instead encouraging readers to make choices and assemble materials and create their own challenges. Engineers is a standout for showcasing little-known stories like water safety pioneer Ellen Swallow Richards, while Programmers has the best activities and uses real programming tools. VERDICT: A holistic approach incorporating personal stories, history, and STEM content."
-- School Library Journal Series Made Simple
"This girl-empowering STEM series introduces aspiring young scientists to a variety of career fields through the stories of groundbreaking women who made their mark in four disciplines: Paleontology, Space Exploration, Computer Programming, and Engineering. Each Gutsy Girls book introduces five remarkable role models, telling each woman's story in an engaging chapter-length biography filled with full-color photos, artwork, timelines, and sidebars full of fun facts. Hands-on 'field assignments' encouraging experimentation and critical thinking are interspersed throughout the books, including ones focused on building a space rover, preparing specimens, and designing a web page. These fascinating books' combination of women's history and STEM activities will encourage young readers to imagine themselves as the gutsy scientists of the future. Ages: 8 to 11"
-- A Mighty Girl Weekly Round Up
A Book Series Teaching and Inspiring Girls About Science
Gutsy Girls Go for Science is a new 4 book Science series that highlights the careers of five famous female scientists and trailblazers in the fields of engineering, space, programming, and paleontology. Each book begins with a basic introduction for each field explaining its history, introducing key vocabulary, and what to expect when reading further in the book.
Each biography begins with the woman’s picture, a timeline displaying key life events and accomplishments. and what they are known for in the science world. The 18 pages devoted to each woman include easy-to-read stories of their works and contributions, photographs, and inserts of engaging critical questions. At the end of each section, readers are presented with "field assignments" that include ideas of how they can continue the legacy of that particular woman along with hands-on STEM projects that take the ideas one step further.
Each book ends with an informative resource page and glossary. The books in this series are excellent primary resources and would be worthwhile additions to not only the personal library for future scientists but for classroom libraries as well.
-- The Children’s Book Review
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