This is a STEM book and more! An inspiring, inclusive, whimsical way to learn about computers and technology from real-life trailblazers.
Ara is a young girl who loves BIG numbers. She wants to count all the stars in the sky… but how? This is an upbeat adventure of Ara and her sidekick droid, DeeDee (“Beep!”). They use smarts and grit to solve a BIG problem and discover an amazing algorithm! A quest that takes them through a whirlwind of intriguing locations at Innovation Plex -- Data Centre, Ideas Lab, Coding Pods, and X-Space. Along the way, they encounter real-life women tech trailblazers of diverse backgrounds, including a Tenacious Troubleshooter, an Intrepid Innovator, a Code Commander, and a Prolific Problem Solver. They tinker-and-tailor, build-and-fail, launch-and-iterate, and in the end discover an amazing algorithm of success -- coding, courage, creativity, and collaboration (“Beeeeep!”).
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“We’ve always said ‘If she can see it, she can be it’. With this story, girls can see leaders and be inspired to become one. A book for all ages and genders!” - Geena Davis , Founder and Chair of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
I loved this picture book which featured a determined young girl named Ara. She is aptly named for a constellation that contains seven stars. Ara is obsessed with big numbers. She introduces her readers to a number with 100 zeros, a googol. Together with her computer robot, DeeDee, Ara sets out to find out how many stars exist. They visit Innovation Plex, where Ara seeks experts to help her in her quest.
She meets Kripa, a problem solver, in the Data Center who tells her to have courage. Big Problems are solved with a plan. Next, she greets Parisa in the Ideas Lab, who creates the algorithms that permit computers to solve big problems. The next stop is the Coding Center where Diane writes code that allows the algorithm to communicate with the computer. When Ara and Dee put the plan into action, they come up with an error. So Ara visits Maria, the Troubleshooter, who installs more computing power with a new processor and memory chip. At last, they achieve success. Ara learns that collaboration and teamwork solve problems.
At the end of the book, readers find a journal record of the steps Ara followed as well as an introduction to some superheroes in computer science. There is also a glossary of technical terms from the story. The author targets this book for ages five through seven, though I would highly recommend it for older boys and girls as well. The design of the book features many bright colors and multicultural female role models. They certainly draw the eye inward but may be a bit too much stimulation for the younger reader. Hope to see many more books in this series.
Αρκετά δύσκολο ακόμα για εμάς που ούτε 3 είμαστε καλά καλά αλλά είπα να του το πάρω που τρελαίνεται με το διάστημα και τα άστρα. Τα πήγαμε καλύτερα στη κουβέντα γύρω από το βιβλίο από όσο περίμενα. Εμένα προσωπικά μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ και νομίζω πως σίγουρα δεν είναι από τα κλασικά παιδικά βιβλία για την τόνωση του θάρρους, της αυτοπεποίθησης κλπ. Πολύ ενδιαφέρον το όλο concept πάνω στο οποίο είναι το βιβλίο χτισμένο και πιστεύω θα ήθελα να δω και άλλα βιβλία γύρω από τα STEM (επιστήμη, τεχνολογία, μηχανική και μαθηματικά) για περισσότερες ηλικιακές κατηγορίες.
A sweet little book. This is a a fun take on software development cycles in very approachable terms like 'solving a problem' and 'thinking creatively' along with introductions to programmatic thinking. More importantly, a book full of female engineer protagonists all solving problems together.
It is also a commercial for Google in the background, but I think only adults will notice or care. The woman focused view of software engineering seems more important.
Books like this are so informational for children and hold such a wealth of knowledge. I really enjoy reading books, like this one and many others to my children, for if you start them young then they will grow to have a love for reading and adventure!
Ara introduced her sidekick droid DeeDee “Beep. They both love big numbers. Ara is the name of a constellation that has 7 stars. Can you estimate how many constellations there are in the sky? How about the stars? Ara & DeeDee were off to visit Innovation Plex.
Data Centre. There they meet Kripa (Prolific Problem solver). Computers are everywhere. Ideas Lab. Next, they meet Parisa (Intrepid Innovator). How about designing an algorithm? Coding Pods. Diane (Code Commander) introduces herself to Ara & DeeDee. X-Space. And finally, Ara & DeeDee must go see Marian (tenacious troubleshooter). What were the 4 things Ara & DeeDee learned?
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An awesome book cover, great hand-drawn colored pictures, charming illustrations & proper font & writing style. A very professionally written children’s (preschool/elementary age) outer space storybook. It was quite easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters, settings, etc. to keep track of. This could also make another great children’s educational presentation (outer space), movie, an animated cartoon, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is an extremely easy rating of 5 stars.
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Ara wants to count the number of stars in the sky, but is overwhelmed with the prospect of trying to count the immense number. With plenty of determination and the assistance of her droid friend DeeDee and some inspiring, intelligent women, based on real-life scientific minds, in various departments at the Innovation Plex, Ara pieces together a successful algorithm to help her count the stars.
The story parses out the complexities of scientific, engineering, and coding principles in a manner that is more readily accessible, understandable, and empowering to the target audience of female children, while also providing further information in the form of a glossary to more directly address the more technical jargon that was introduced in the story. The text is fairly simple and easy to follow and the colorful illustrations complements the narrative well. Though I thoroughly understand and appreciate the need to demonstrate to young girls that STEM isn't just for boys, I was a bit surprised that there weren't any strong male figures, in addition to the female ones offered, within the book to also help encourage the pursuit of knowledge in this area for readers.
Ara has a problem she needs to solve. She visits with four scientists who teach her skills and help her learn how to find her answer. This book is like a non-fiction book in disguise, because it teaches the reader about different STEM processes and vocabulary along the way.
Admittedly, I only skimmed this one, as it is quite wordy with a lot of technical jargon, and I was at work. But the illustrations and the concept are so great, and I love that all of the scientists Ara talks to are women of various ethnicities-- and they're all real-life scientists! The back of the book has little bios for each of them.
Pop Sugar Challenge 2020: book by or about a woman in STEM
So this was free and I wasn’t too excited about it the prompt (sorry, just not usually my area of interest) but this was a cute book! I love that all the women Ara talks to to help with her problem are women of color (and just women at that!) and they’re based on real women that work at Google. Like others, I agree that there is some big vocabulary but when talking about engineering that’s going to happen - and it’s not necessarily a bad thing to expose your children to that vocabulary and teach them not to shy away from it.
It's beautifully illustrated and breaks down a lot of potentially complex words with simple concepts, plus it earns extra points that the women featured in the book are real-life engineers, directors, and VPs. Despite being a picture book, I'd say this is aimed at slightly older kids who already show an interest in computers; some might not find it all that engaging, but the illustrations alone are worth checking out.
I loved how this made STEM so approachable and showed women in key roles. The illustrations were bright, colorful, and engaging. This Google-like work setting made me want to visit and play and want to come up with a problem to try and solve. The women working there were mentoring and I want to give a shout-out to the real life women that these characters are based on (more about them can be found at the end of the book). Cute story told in a clear fashion.
I have to laugh because this book in part feels like a total Google promotional ad, BUT if it is, it's a pretty awesome ad. I love that this book was written by female engineers at Google, most women of color. And I am a thousand percent on board with more representation of girls and women in STEM! There was really cool diversity in this book and I thought it was a clever and understandable intro to several coding concepts.
Ahhhh! This was so great! A picture book for a slightly older reader (maybe 6-8? it's quite wordy) but great for kids of all ages, especially girls. Ara poses a scientific question, and then learns how to answer it with the help of four female scientists, who teach her four key skills. I loved that each of the women she meets is a real person who works in tech!
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book for my 4 year old who has autism. I learned about a few things I didn't know myself (Googol). I felt smarter after reading it lol. Great story and explains engineering in a fun and wonderful way. Great job! Loved the illustrations too!!!
This story teaches about the main ideas of courage, creativity, code, and collaboration. Ara is young girl who loves numbers. She wants her droid DeeDee to count all the stars. To do this she hires the help of four friends. Each friend symbolizes one of the four themes. Allowing for students to understand what each concept entails.
Love the opening of doorways for smart girls and I love the diversity represented. My granddaughter’s favorite part wasn’t actually the story, but seeing that the characters are real life women. Highly recommended bedtime reading.
A great book for kids interested in science. It is definitely female centered, but boys would like it too. It's full of science terms, but they are explained well. The story is pretty matter-of-fact, and there's not really an arc to it, but it could be a valuable book for teaching what coding is.
This is a great book for everyone, all ages! As an adult, even I found myself learning a lot of new information that I didn’t previously have. I love all of the notes from Ara’s notebook in the back of the book as well.
This book will encourage children to develop an interest in engineering(if not interested already) The language is easy for a child to understand. I love the fact the characters are all women. A must-read for sure with your kids
Great graphics, fun colors and characters. Ara fives in to learn an approachable way to solve her problem. Not too in depth but enough to start a conversation. Late elementary or middle grade appropriate.
Ara is a girl and she has a robot assistant called DeeDee. They went to Innovation Plex, where they counted how many galaxies there were in space. While they were counting Dee Dee had an error so they visited an engineer for her to fix it.