She Can STEM
50 Trailblazing Women in Science from Ancient History to Today – Includes hands-on activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
by Liz Lee Heinecke
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Pub Date 13 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 29 Dec 2023
Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry, Quarry Books
Women have been involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for thousands of years. While many have faced obstacles because of their gender, things are changing for the better, and today there are more women than ever working in these disciplines.
By examining the moments that inspired successful women to pursue STEM fields, delving into their adventures and struggles, and exploring their interests outside of science and engineering, She Can STEM gives kids a rare glimpse into the fascinating personalities behind the lab coats.
Just a few of the many curious, creative, and persevering women introduced:
- Physicist Dr. Nadya Mason – Dr. Mason studies how electrons move through materials like carbon and graphene. She ran track in high school and was a gymnast on the United States National Team.
- Ecologist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer – When she was a young girl, Dr. Kimmerer loved to pick wild strawberries and nature helped her reconnect with her Potawatomi heritage. Eventually, her love of the outdoors led to a successful career as a plant ecologist and author.
- Physicist Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein – As a kid, Dr. Prescod-Weinstein dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. She attended a performing arts school where she trained as a dancer before going on to study astronomy and theoretical physics.
- Chemist Dr. Raychelle Burks – Dr. Burks has loved Agatha Christie mysteries and Star Trek since she was young. Today, she works to create hand-held sensing systems that can identify chemical clues tied to crimes.
- Microbiologist Dr. Esther Lederberg – Dr. Lederberg was a child during the Great Depression and was often hungry. Although she enjoyed literature, music, and French, she eventually chose biochemistry as her field of study and went on to make many important discoveries.
Whether you’re passionate about science, math, history, art, music, or sports, the relatable role models in She Can STEM demonstrate that with curiosity and hard work, anyone can pursue a bright future in STEM.
Dig into even more incredible science history from The Kitchen Pantry Scientist series with: Physics for Kids, Chemistry for Kids, Biology for Kids, Math for Kids, and Ecology for Kids.
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Average rating from 22 members
This book should be on the shelf of every school library. How many women scientists can you name without having to look it up on Google? In any case, you will find something, or rather someone, new in this book. Vivid illustrations and simple presentation of information enhance the overall impression. The book is perfect for children, teenagers, and even adults who want to learn more about women in STEM.
A great book for the classroom. Information about female scientists and their impact. Easily accessible information and great illustrations.
She Can STEM is a wonderful non-fiction book about women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) from ancient history to today, written for a younger audience of about 9-12 years.
This is the perfect book to read for a child who has just surpassed the age where they want to be read fiction to, as it encourages the child’s own thinking as well as opens for conversation with adults. The book discusses women’s rights, the hardships of Black and Indigenous people primarily in the USA, as well as the climate crisis. This makes the book both contemporary and educational, but encourages conversations about these topics in order to understand and learn more about the world and women’s history. This would be a great book to read to one’s child, maybe one biography a day, and then discuss.
She Can STEM is a great book for those children with curious, inquisitive minds who are always asking questions about the world. Instead of discouraging curiosity, this book celebrates it and makes the science accessible, without patronising the reader. All 50 biographies include information about how these women’s discoveries are still important today, which makes it clear to the reader that an interest in science is a good thing, which can eventually develop into an ability to save thousands of lives. Every biography also includes a simple experiment that the child (in company of an adult) can do from home in order to understand exactly what it is that these scientists discovered.
The art in this book is very beautiful as well. Colourful, happy, yet not too immature. Incredibly visually pleasing and beautiful. Besides art of the scientists, there are drawings and doodles of their discoveries, which alongside the text makes the science more comprehensible.
All in all, a very well thought-out, interesting, and beautiful read!
I love this book! As a mom and a teacher I will absolutely be getting a copy!
My daughter is 5 and very interested in Math and Science and I just know she will enjoy learning about all of these amazing women. I also really appreciate the diversity in the women featured - it’s a wonderful opportunity to explore the idea of intersecting identities.
For my middle school students as well, this will be a great resource to show all student some of the many great accomplishments of women in the area of STEM.
I am so impressed with this compilation as well as how the different women from different backgrounds/countries have made a big impact in the world of science!
The cover, the content, the illustrations as well as the information give enough depth about the different personalities along with their achievements in different fields of science and research.
Amazing work to the publishing team.
Thank you, Quarry Books, for the advance reading copy.
Fantastic!! A wonderful, informative read that is perfect for bedtime stories or for casual reading. It takes me back to that moment in college when I first found out about Rosalind Franklin and how contributors like her are grossly ignored and taken for granted. This book showcases the diversity of women who carry torches in their respective disciplines. The 'try this at home' section is simple, yet promotes creativity and curiosity. Illustrations are apt and easy on the eye. Will recommend to future nieces, nephews, and godchildren.
I read this book with the little girl I babysit and she loved it just as much as me, It’s clear the author was thorough in her research and pays great attention to detail. This book taught me about women I’ve never heard of but were instrumental in shaping our current future as well as more detailed information about more well known women in STEM. The illustrations were beautiful and I felt like they represented each woman and her personality. Whether you’re 6 or 60 this book is one you’ll want to put on your list to read.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for the opportunity to read this beautiful piece of art.
She Can STEM is an absolute must have for any discerning school classroom or library and we can't wait to get it into ours.
We are ashamed to admit that before reading this book, we only knew about a handful of these truly amazing women, and we are so pleased that we can now tell you all about their work and their contribution to modern day life as we know it.
She Can Stem tells the back history and achievements of 50 prominent female scientists, all trailblazers in their own right. Their work, which has had huge impacts on our lives, is summarised in easy to read, accessible paragraphs and at the end of each page, a 'Try This At Home' activity, relevant to the science, is given to engage and secure the information in busy brains.
We were wowed by the role of Dr Rosalind Franklin in the discovery of DNA's double helix structure as sadly, her work was never properly credited in her lifetime, and it is sad to say that many female STEM trailblazers have had similar treatment in the past. This book is righting the wrongs of previous generations and singing praise loudly for all to hear so that credit is given where it is due. Books like this are essential for future generations, and are especially inspiring for young girls considering a future in STEM.
We recommend this book for children age 7+
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