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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Ara is making a splash with industry CEOs and best-selling kids authors.
“‘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, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Komal Singh is a techie by day and a storyteller mom by night - one who loves coding and cupcakes, data crunching and day dreaming, pottery making and program planning. She was inspired to write this book when a hypothesis put forth by her 4-year old daughter stunned her: “Engineers are Boys”. Singh is passionate about using technology as an enabler and an equalizer for all. She takes part in kids’ coding clubs, sits on hackathon judge panels, and volunteers with nonprofits on technology development. Komal grew up in India and studied Computer Science at Delhi University and later moved to Canada to complete her Masters’ degree in C.S from Simon Fraser University. She has worked as a software engineer with tech consulting firms and is currently an Engineering Program Manager at Google. Komal lives in Waterloo, Canada, with her husband and two little kids.
The fifth graders at Blakely Elementary are having their very first dance! The girls of Peace, Love, and Cupcakes are all thrilled...except for Kylie, who confides in Lexi that she wishes she had a special someone to go with. Before long, notes and gift show up in Kylie's locker from a "secret admirer" who seems to know her perfectly!
Kylie is over the moon—until the discovery of her admirer's identity leads to two feuding friends! Can PLC pull it together in time for the festivities?
Hello! My name is Txano, and my twin brother is called Oscar.
Have you ever seen a meteorite crash to Earth? Well, we have! While on an excursion, at the beginning of summer, a huge ball of fire flew across the sky in front of our eyes and crashed into the forest!
Yes, I know we should have run away in the opposite direction, but we didn’t and, instead, went searching for it. And we found it. It was a strange green stone. The mystery hiding behind its glow changed our lives forever.
Why don’t you come with us to discover it?