This week is Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11) and Brightly has set up a few post to share with their readers helping them to celebrate and learn all things STEM. I was recently sent two wonderful books from Brightly to share with you, my readers. Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky features 50 women who were pioneers in the science fields. As the title says they literally changed the world overcoming gender and race obstacles to become the tops in their fields. This book starts with a beautiful cover but then opens to a wonderful study on such amazing women. I personally had a hard time putting it down because it was so inspiring. I've been reading one a day to my children in our homeschool and we have been discussing how hard it must have been for these ladies in their time. While we recognized a few names most have been new to us which is also a nice treat. I would say this is a must have for bookshelves and for inspiring our youngsters to aim high with their educational dreams and future careers!
The second book was snatched out of my hands by my 16 year old son. He has always been intrigued with video games and learning to code with DK's Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock is just the sort of starting point he was looking for. He grabbed his laptop and the book and has been reading and playing ever since. This is a fun book that teaches you some basics with using the Scratch program. Perfect for beginners like my son.
Be sure to these links to see some additional books and ideas to make the most of this science week:
A comprehensive list that includes coding workbooks, visual guides to computer languages such as Scratch and Python, and books on code that read like storybooks.
Too few girls are getting the message that STEM fields are exciting, imaginative, and fun. Here are six things parents can do to get their daughters psyched about STEM subjects.
A roundup of STEM books filled with great stories and cool projects.
A review of a fun, hands-on book that is just right to get late elementary and middle school readers started with coding and computer programming.
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One lucky reader will win copies of Coding in Games Scratch and Women in Science along with a Brightly Tote!
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