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Archive for August, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Rosie Revere, Engineer

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lilly grace 2The book Rosie Revere, Engineer has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for 70 weeks straight and won countless awards. What makes it even better is that it’s part of Iowa STEM’s Scale-Up from the Science Center of Iowa’sMaking STEM Connections. The book, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated David Roberts, is available in the Making STEM Connections cart of materials.

We are fortunate to have 5-year-old Lilly Grace stop by the blog. She enjoys watching races and dancing. Here’s what she had to say about this book.

Q:  What is this book about?
A: Rosie Revere, a little girl, likes to take some trash for treasures.  She likes to build gadgets and gizmos.  She gets sad when her uncle laughs at her.  Then her Great Aunt Rose comes and helps her.

Q: What was the best part about this book? rosie 4
A: When her aunt came to help her.

Q: What part of this book made you smile?
A: I smiled when her aunt told her “good job.”

Q: What part of the book surprised you the most?
A: I was surprised that her aunt wasn’t mad.

Q: What part of the book worried or concerned you?
A: When her uncle laughed.  That made me worried for Rosie.

Q: What did you learn from reading this book?
A: I learned to keep trying.  We keep trying in dance, too.

Q: List three words that best describe this book.
A: Happy, funny, and good

Q: What was your favorite line or phrase from the book?
A: “Before it crashed, Rosie…before that…it flew!”

Q: Who else should read this book and why?
A: All of my friends and family should read this book, because it says to keep trying.

Keep trying–that’s just good advice for all of us!

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Rosie the Riveter, an image meant to inspire women into serving the country during WWII, is the basis for this new Rosie, inspiring girls to think about the possibilities offered to them today.

REVIEW: The Rocket Age Takes Off

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The book The Rocket Age Takes Off is part of the AWIM Straw Rocket Challenge kit. The book was written by Steven Krensky and illustrated by Michele Shortley. If you’re interested in reading it, you can check it out through the SC STEM Hub.

Leo for blogLeo, age 6 and a half, enjoys riding his bike in his free time. Last week, he took a moment to review it. Here’s what he had to say.

Q: What is this book about?
A: This book tells a story about Dr. Goddard.  He makes the first rocket.

Q: What was the best part about this book? 
A: Looking at the picture of Nell [Dr. Goddard’s name for his rocket] launching.

Q: What part of this book made you smile?
A: Nell launching.

Q: What part of the book surprised you most? 
A: That Nell actually launched.  I was surprised because I didn’t think that it would work that early because it was the first rocket ever.

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Q: What did you learn from reading this book?
A: The first rocket launch was March 16th 1926.

Q: List three words that best describe this book.
A: Rocket, chemicals, and flight.

Q: What was your favorite line or phrase from the book?
A: “It looked almost magical as it rose, without any appreciably greater noise or flame, as if it said, “I’ve been here long enough; I think I’ll be going someplace else if you don’t mind.”

Q: Who else should read this book AND why?
A: I recommend it for kids who are interested in vehicles and planes.

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Have a favorite STEM book?

 

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For the next year, we’ll be asking for your recommendations for great STEM-related books! From ages 5 to 105, we’d love to have you participate.

All you have to do is:

A. Find a book (either one you’re reading or a title we pass along to you.)

B. Answer a few questions.

C. Send us a photo of you with the book. (For those under 18, we’ll just use your first name.)

Please email lisa.morlock@drake.edu to get started!

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