The Ultimate Girl's Guide to Science: From Backyard Experiments to Winning the Nobel Prize!

The Ultimate Girl's Guide to Science: From Backyard Experiments to Winning the Nobel Prize!

by Erica Ritter, Debbie Palen
     
 
Many young girls dream of becoming an astronaut, a doctor, an archaeologist, only to lose that dream by high school. The Ultimate Girls' Guide to Science shows girls that it's okay, even cool, to love science. Each chapter focuses on a particular science discipline, and includes these features: famous women scientists in history, such as Hypathia, Marie Curie, and

Overview

Many young girls dream of becoming an astronaut, a doctor, an archaeologist, only to lose that dream by high school. The Ultimate Girls' Guide to Science shows girls that it's okay, even cool, to love science. Each chapter focuses on a particular science discipline, and includes these features: famous women scientists in history, such as Hypathia, Marie Curie, and Mae Jamison; easy at-home experiments to try; quotes from girls who tell why they love science; amazing science factoids; mini-bios of young girl scientists, such as Mariangela Lisanti, who at 17 won a $100,000 scholarship after using stereo speakers to study electron movement; and resources for more information on science topics and organizations. The Ultimate Girls' Guide to Science shows its readers they are not alone in their interests and that science is not just a "boy thing." From the chemistry of baking a scrumptious chocolate cake to learning more about animal biology, there is a type of science out there that every girl can love. Photographs and illustrations are featured in this inspiring treasure trove of information for girls about science.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A guide book to science written for girls and about girls by two young women who think that science is a girl thing! Eight of the ten chapters give overviews of specific fields of science from animal and plant biology to physics and engineering. Each chapter features a brief biography of a famous woman scientist and real girls telling readers why they love science. There are interesting facts, instructions for to-do-at-home experiments, descriptions of career possibilities, many quizzes to find out if "science is for you." The book is illustrated with black and white drawings as well as photos of women scientists and today's girls discussing their love of science. The last chapter lists multiple websites with further information on science careers, science camps and organizations, women in science and much more. There is an extensive bibliography, but no index. 2003, Beyond Words Publishing, Ages 9 to 14.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-In their introduction, the authors explain that during middle school, girls tend to lose interest in science or to stop believing in their abilities. Their remedy for the situation is a resource that makes the subject fun and explains its functions in everyday life. Included are chapters on earth science, biology, computer science, botany, ecology, chemistry, astronomy, physics, and engineering. Each one provides a brief introduction to the discipline, describes related careers, offers a quiz to gauge interest, and suggests experiments. The strongest feature of the book is the inclusion of one- to three-page biographies of female scientists, complete with photos. There are also short interviews with children ages nine and up about why they love these various areas of study. While the black-and-white cartoons depict a variety of races, the photos of the girls interviewed indicate that most are Caucasian. The writing is clear and upbeat. A lengthy, annotated list of Web sites is included. This simple, nonthreatening overview of many scientific fields just might grab the attention of girls on the brink of losing interest.-Laura Younkin, Ballard High School, Louisville, KY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582700922
Publisher:
Simon Pulse/Beyond Words
Publication date:
03/09/2004
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.99(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
9 - 17 Years

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