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On A Mission To Engage Young Readers in STEM

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“Engineers are boys!” That’s all Komal Singh needed. When the Google software engineer heard this cry from her 4-1/2-year-old daughter, it provided the springboard for Ara the Star Engineer (Page Two Books), a first-of-its-kind picture book designed to inspire girls and children of color to explore STEM (job fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.) The troubling lack of women and people of color in STEM is big problem, and it begins in childhood: Girls start doubting their STEM intelligence by age six. Women make up only 25 percent of the STEM workforce. Black men and black women only make up to 3 percent and 2 percent of scientists, respectively. So Singh and fellow female Google engineers decided to volunteer their…

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“Da Vinci’s Way:” Futuristic Stances on Work and Learning

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A teen time travel series “Edge of Yesterday” (Small Batch Books) by Robin Stevens Payes was written to help guide young people toward finding their own passions and following their dreams. Payes cares deeply about connecting kids to meaningful learning and engages them in learning through story, which she says is intrinsic to the human condition.  Her newest book in the series is Da Vinci’s Way, and takes stalwart time traveler Charley Morton to explore her favorite subjects, science and math with one of the masters, Leonardo da Vinci. In her chat with BookTrib, she discusses her work, beliefs, and newest book! Booktrib: Why did you choose Leonardo Da Vinci as the idol of the Edge of Yesterday’s  protagonist, Charley?…

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Girls Rock at Math, Says Wonder Years Star Danica McKellar

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New York Times bestselling author Danica McKellar, perhaps best known for playing Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years, is not only a talented actress, but is also a fantastic writer. All of her books so far have been non-fiction and encourage middle-and high-school girls to succeed in mathematics. McKellar herself actually holds a degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. This past February saw the publication of Ten Magic Butterflies, the latest addition of McKellar’s books. Others include Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss, and Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail, among others. This coming June, be sure to look for her book Do Not Open This Math Book: Addition + Subtraction. …

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#NationalCandyCornDay: Yup, It’s a Thing!

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#NationalCandyCornDay is trending on Twitter and I do not understand why. I am a picky eater with many food allergies and culinary idiosyncrasies. Among my allergies are: nuts, fuzzy fruits and veggies, shellfish, and certain legumes. Since I like living, I stay away from these. Even smelling a peach makes me wheeze and my throat starts to close; as for the rest, they’re foods I don’t like anyway. Do you know how happy I was to learn that I am allergic to okra – a vegetable I detest? And there are others I just have personal issues with for no other reason than I’m petty that way. I freak out after spilling milk on my hands. I don’t care much…

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