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Gutsy Girls Go for Science - Astronauts
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Alicia Z. Klepeis is the author of more than 70 nonfiction and fiction books, including Explore Makerspace!, The Renaissance Inventors, and The Renaissance Explorers from Nomad Press. She has also written more than 100 articles in magazines such as National Geographic Kids and FACES. She lives with her family in Hamilton, New York. Shululu (Hui Li) has always been driven by curiosity. She received a PhD in computational chemistry from the University of Chicago and is the illustrator of the Physical Science for Kids set of nonfiction picture books from Nomad Press. She is devoted to bringing joy and science to young readers through fun illustrations! She lives with her husband in New York, New York.

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Praise for Technology: Cool Women Who Code from the Girls in Science series

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
"Coding is extremely popular with students now as they work to develop games and apps to meet the common social and gaming interests. Written like a magazine with short reading areas followed by "Ask & Answer" essential questions, the book focuses on reading comprehension and reasoning skills while also teaching about technology then and now. . . This book is anything but dull and definitely not 'textbooky'".

School Library Journal Series Made Simple
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.
A Mighty Girl Weekly Round Up

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
Praise for Astronomy: Cool Women in Space from the Girls in Science series

School Library Connection
A treasure trove of discovery, this interactive series promises to influence the next generation of female science stars. Glossary. Timeline. Index. Highly Recommended

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Explore Makerspace! With 25 Great Projects
Author Alicia Klepeis and illustrator Matt Aucoin demonstrate how a design and engineering center can work with ordinary materials and not much technology. . .Many of the activities, stand out in that they 1) are more open-ended than the typical classroom science lab session and 2) they employ more art. Ideally, given the materials and the book, students should be able to complete most of the "makerspace" projects with little if any teacher direction.

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