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Detailed Book Description
Do you like solving problems? Are you dying to automate even the simplest of processes? Do you always need to know how things?
Programming is the process of breaking down complex tasks into a set of instructions. This is what programmers do when they write code that will make your computer do what you tell it to! In Gutsy Girls Go for Science: Programmers with STEM Projects for Kids, readers ages 8 to 11 meet five female programmers who made revolutionary discoveries and inventions that changed the way people used technology! Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, the ENIAC women, Dorothy Vaughan, and Margaret Hamilton all broke through barriers of both gender and race to succeed in a field they loved.
Using a fun narrative style, engaging illustrations combined with photography, fascinating facts, essential questions, and hands-on projects, this book invites kids to make real-world connections and deepen their critical and creative thinking skills.
Programmers is part of a set of four Gutsy Girls Go for Science books that explore career connections for young scientists. The other titles in this series include Paleontologists, Engineers, and Astronauts.
Try these hands-on STEM projects!
- Build a prototype
- Discover the world of variables
- Design a web page
- Build an app
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Computer Talk
Behind the Scenes
Ada Lovelace: The Countess of Computers
Breaking It Down
Grace Hopper: Queen of Code
It’s Time to Scratch
The ENIAC Women: Unsung Heros
Dorothy Vaughan: Early NASA Programmer
Try This! HTML
Margaret Hamilton: Programming to the Moon
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