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por Tiera Fletcher (Autor)

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Título:Wonder Women of Science: How 12 Geniuses Are Rocking Science, Technology, and the World
Autores:Tiera Fletcher (Autor)
Info:Candlewick (2021), 208 pages
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Wonder Women of Science: How 12 Geniuses Are Rocking Science, Technology, and the World por Tiera Fletcher


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One current issue in education is on the need to get girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Unfortunately, numerous challenges abound, including archaic and incorrect views regarding women’s abilities to be successful in STEM. These views have been exacerbated by the fact that women are historically underrepresented in STEM fields. For instance, in 2019, women made up 27% of STEM workers in the United States even though they make up nearly half of the US workforce (https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2021/01/women-making-gains-in-stem-occupa...). Given this gap, books like "Wonder Women of Science: How 12 Geniuses Are Rocking Science, Technology, and the World" by Tiera Fletcher and Ginger Rue with illustrations by Sally Wern Comport are much needed.

As the title suggests, the book profiles women who are involved in STEM. Each profile follows a similar format, with introductory information regarding the person’s field of study and contributions, a summary of their childhood and educational experiences, a “Eureka Moment,” a note to themselves, and a note to the reader. Throughout the profile are pictures that make the individual seem more real and approachable to the reader. Interspersed throughout the book are sections explaining a scientific concept, like qualitative and quantitative data, that are related to the scientists’ fields of study. The book also contains resources such as a glossary, questions, and suggested additional reading.

This book provides an informative and approachable look at women who are involved in the STEM fields, thus showing young readers and adults that women not only belong in STEM but are also making significant contributions to the field. As an MIT graduate and an aerospace engineer working with NASA, co-author Tiera Fletcher is especially well-suited to this topic, since she knows the challenges of working in STEM and being a woman in a male-dominated field and also recognizes the importance of championing the work done by women in science. I particularly appreciated how the focus is on female scientists who are currently active, since other books about women in science/STEM often tend to focus on women in history. Furthermore, the book showcases scientists with different interests and of different backgrounds. All in all, this book would be a fantastic supplement to use in STEM class or to have in a school or classroom library. ( )
  sweeks1980 | Apr 28, 2021 |
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WONDER WOMEN OF SCIENCE by Tiera Fletcher and Ginger Rue presents an inspiring set of profiles of twelve women working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. The profiles are diverse, encompassing women from different backgrounds and of different ages; the written presentations are supported by Sally Wern Comport’s appealing illustrations, and the pages are bright and comfortably readable. It’s a tight, well-paced package intended for readers age nine to twelve.

Representing fields from video game design to oncofertility (a new medical discipline), the Wonder Women share details about their childhoods, educations, career paths, and accomplishments. It’s a fabulous celebration of individual ability and the power of research, collaboration, and the scientific method. The profiles also contain reflections on what the Wonder Women would tell their younger selves and their advice for today’s girls looking to work in STEM fields. Every profile is supported by a brief fact-filled sidebar — such as an introduction to tapirs, an explanation of why astronauts need space suits, and an overview of how the human immune system works — meant to pique the reader’s curiosity. These sidebars are very effective! The back matter also directs readers who want to pursue these fields to quick actions they can take to apply and extend their STEM-based interests.

What I loved about this book is its no-nonsense approach. It acknowledges stereotypes about girls and science and then encourages readers to think beyond the stereotypes. All the profiles underscore that there is no single right way to be a smart girl, to be girl who loves STEM fields, or even to get into STEM work. At several points STEM is expanded to STEAM or STEAMD (adding Arts and Design), demonstrating the importance of the humanities and applied arts to a field that is too often characterized as cold, mechanical, impersonal — and dominantly male.

WONDER WOMEN OF SCIENCE is a great example of science communication for preteen audiences. The writing voice is upbeat and playful without overdoing current slang, so the book will stay fresh for several years. The featured women provide a cross-cultural range of visibility that should allow more girls to see their own potential in these women’s achievements — and open the door for readers to discover even more women in similar roles. This book is a “must” purchase for any library or classroom that aims to help girls — especially girls from historically under-represented backgrounds — get excited about STEM. ( )
  laVermeer | Apr 25, 2021 |
Historically, women have been under-represented in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). According to a AAUW report, women make up only 28% of the STEM workforce. Gender gaps are particularly high in computing and engineering. Recent support for STEM education increases the likelihood that more young women may select these careers.

Read the informational book for youth, then learn more at the website:

WONDER WOMEN OF SCIENCE written by Tiera Fletcher and Ginger Rue and illustrated by Sally Wern Comport explores a dozen STEM professionals who have made major contributions to science. Each biography contains a fact box and short narrative with illustrations. Readers learn about the spark that got them started, their eureka moment, note to self, note to you, and words to live by. Each narrative concluded with information about their specializations. The book concludes with a glossary and suggestions for activities and further reading.

THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY is a webpage sharing the diverse stories of women across the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Users can read a short biography, then listen to a SoundCloud podcast that shares their story. To explore this resource, go to https://bit.ly/3wwR89E.

The AAUW’s THE STEM GAP report shares research regarding women in science, technology, engineering and math. To read the report, go to https://bit.ly/3dD729K.

ARC courtesy of Candlewick Press. ( )
  eduscapes | Apr 6, 2021 |
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