The Technology Book for Girls: And Other Advanced Beings

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This title in the Books for Girls series looks at technology that girls encounter every day, such as CD players, microwave ovens and touchscreens. Filled with fun, easy-to-do activities, it encourages girls to experiment and explore. They are also introduced to eight women who work in exciting technological careers, including an astronomer, a radio frequency inspector and a plant physiologist.
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Overview

This title in the Books for Girls series looks at technology that girls encounter every day, such as CD players, microwave ovens and touchscreens. Filled with fun, easy-to-do activities, it encourages girls to experiment and explore. They are also introduced to eight women who work in exciting technological careers, including an astronomer, a radio frequency inspector and a plant physiologist.
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Editorial Reviews

Books for Growing Minds
Profiles of various women with technological careers, including a plant physiologist, while providing easy-to-do activities that encourage young girls to explore and experiment with technology.
Globe and Mail
A number of modern marvels are introduced, explained and illustrated in a manner guaranteed to make technology something girls would want to know about.
From the Publisher
Focusing specifically on the fun aspects, this book succeeds at showing how relevant science and technology are int he world in which we live, and tries to entice girls to explore the many possibilities int he field. Beginning at home with the television remote, automatic doors and automatic hand dryers, the author explains the intricate details of how these items actually work and the science involved,... The books is carefully organized, progressing through everyday items as they appear in readers’ lives. Each chapter begins with a dialogue between a student and her friend or relative about the topic. More in-depth explanation follows, with a suggested activity. Sidebars introduce women who have interesting related careers. Attractive drawings, diagrams, and pictures add appeal. An index and a page of ideas for science-fair projects conclude the book. A good choice to show girls how exciting the world of technology can be.

Easy explanations of how everyday things work make this a must-have resource for young readers. Girls will also like the activities they can try at home and the profiles of women who work in the field of technology.

Profiles of various women with technological careers, including a plant physiologist, while providing easy-to-do activities that encourage young girls to explore and experiment with technology.

A number of modern marvels are introduced, explained and illustrated in a manner guaranteed to make technology something girls would want to know about.

Even young readers who don’t fancy themselves science aficionados will have trouble putting this book down as Romandek takes the mystery out of everyday technologies.

Children's Literature
How to interest girls in technology is the question answered cleverly in this book. It begins with a fictionalized account of Gina's science project assignment—"Advanced Technology in Our Everyday Lives." The book moves swiftly to television remote controls as Gina discovers that there IS advanced technology all around us. The infrared signal in the remote leads to an understanding of the infrared signal's function in smoke detectors, automatic doors and hand dryers. In brief, tightly packaged chapters with supportive illustrations, the text continues with laser beams in bar code scanners and CDs to optical fibers in endoscopes and telephone cables. Gina and readers learn how satellite communication and radio waves allow her cell phone to reach her dad's pager. Sidebars provide additional information, experiments and features about the work of female engineers and scientists. Although the design of the book is busy, the overall effect is appealing once the reader is hooked on the premise that the information is useful and understandable. Back matter includes science fair project ideas and a note to parents, teachers and group leaders¾less than 20% of all U.S. undergraduate engineering students in 1999 were female. The book's aim is to inspire girls and would turn on fourth or fifth grade girls who are about to tune out science lessons. 2001, Kids Can Press, $14.95 and $8.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Jacki Vawter
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Focusing specifically on the fun aspects, this book succeeds at showing how relevant science and technology are in the world in which we live, and tries to entice girls to explore the many possibilities in the field. Beginning at home with the television remote, the smoke detector, automatic doors, and automatic hand dryers, the author explains the intricate details of how these items actually work and the science involved. Further information covers lasers at the library checkout desk; in CD players and holograms; and those involved in manufacturing, medicine, space exploration, fiber optics, and many other related topics. The book is carefully organized, progressing through everyday items as they appear in readers' lives. Each chapter begins with a dialogue between a student and her friend or relative about the topic. More in-depth explanation follows, with a suggested activity. Sidebars introduce women who have interesting related careers. Attractive drawings, diagrams, and pictures add appeal. An index and a page of ideas for science-fair projects conclude the book. A good choice to show girls how exciting the world of technology can be.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Canadian Living
Easy explanations of how everyday things work make this a must-have resource for young readers. Girls will also like the activities they can try at home and the profiles of women who work in the field of technology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550746198
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Books for Girls Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Trudee Romanek is a children's book editor and the author of The Technology Book for Girls and Other Advanced Beings. She has also written magazine and textbook articles for kids and adults. She lives in Barrie, Ontario.

Pat Cupples is a children's illustrator whose many books include The Math Book for Girls and Other Beings Who Count and The Technology Book for Girls and Other Advanced Beings. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Table of Contents

What Is Technology? 4
Silent Signals 6
Alarming Discoveries 10
Open Sesame 12
Bathroom Beams 14
Lasers in the Library 16
Turning Music into Light 20
Technology in Your Pocket 24
Hardworking Lasers 26
Lasers in Medicine 28
Magic Machines 30
See the Light 34
It's What's Inside That Counts 38
Long-Distance Lights 40
Eyes in the Sky 42
Making Waves 46
Cooking with Radio Waves 50
Wireless Wonders 52
Science Fair Projects 54
Note to Parents, Teachers and Group Leaders 55
Index 56
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