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STEM Picture Book Reviews

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

“If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.”

GRACE HOPPER

We recently learned about BadgerBOTS’ Executive Director Lisa Bartig’s talent for book reviews. Lisa loves reading to kids, suggesting books that encourage families to discover STEM heroes past and present. With Computer Science Education Week just behind us, keep the interest going with this biography of the woman whose life and work inspired it.

Read Lisa’s review then order the book on AmazonSmile and chose BadgerBOTS as your charity.

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor

I sometimes feel a map is talking to me. “Marie,” it says. “Have an adventure. Explore. Discover something new.”

And once—I did.

Marie Tharpe loved maps. She helped her father create soil maps for farmers throughout the United States. She became curious about how deep the Atlantic Ocean was. In this book review, Lisa explains Maria’s innovative plan to find out: “A new technology was being used to measure the depth of the ocean floor.  Marie took the measurements and put them on a big piece of paper.  She was able to prove a very exciting thing, for that you will need to read the book.”

Read Lisa’s review, then order the book on AmazonSmile and chose BadgerBOTS as your charity.

Look Up! Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer

An astronomer of her time called Henrietta Leavitt “one of the most important women ever to touch astronomy,” and another close associate said she had the “best mind at the Harvard Observatory.”

Henrietta Swan Leavitt was born on July 4, 1868, and at the age of twenty-five, she changed the direction of astronomy. Why hasn’t anybody heard of Henrietta Levitt, the first person to discover the scientific meaning of a star’s brightness? This picture book biography tells the story of a female astronomy pioneer who was only permitted to log, weigh, and calculate other people’s work because she was a woman in the 1890s. 

She studied the star images she took during the day in her spare time, noticing the brightness or dimness of certain stars, how they changed or didn’t change, and how long it took some of them to cycle from dim to bright and back.

Read Lisa’s extended review, then order the book on AmazonSmile and chose BadgerBOTS as your charity.