If you are a mom to girls, consider investigating some of these. They look intriguing and encouraging and fun and ripe with ideas. If you are a mom of boys, consider investigating some of these. The foundation we lay now will help all of our children change the world for the better.
It started with this book by Trudy Romanek. Click on the links under the books for more information!
"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, automatic doors and automatic hand dryers, the author explains the intricate details of how these items actually work and the science involved....."
Personally, I would like to know how the remote and smoke detectors work, so I would enjoy this book. I think Max would, too. The book also profiles several women who have careers in technology.
Short biographies of thirty-three women who accomplished something tremendous before the age of twenty.
"This sequel volume features black-and-white photos and drawings to complement the inspiring stories of Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister, ambassador, and U.N. delegate; Rigoberta Menchu, Guatemalan activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Italian physicist Laura Bassi, one of the first women scientists in western history; Lauryn Hill, American singer and winner of multiple Grammy awards who produced her first album at age 17; Alexandra Nechita, internationally acclaimed Romanian artist; and others. The book also contains photos and writings of over 30 contemporary young women from across America who respond to the question, 'How do you plan to rock the world?' In conjunction with the book's publication, these girls will tour their hometowns, inspiring their peers to go for their dreams."
Women discovered X and Y chromosomes, dark matter in the universe, 15,000 year old cave paintings - highlights some discoveries by 11 and 12-year-old girls, too!
"The six women portrayed in this book--Maria Merian (b.1647), Anna Comstock (b.1854), Frances Hamerstrom (b.1907), Rachel Carson (b.1907), Miriam Rothschild (b.1908) and Jane Goodall (b.1934--all grew up to become award-winning scientists, writers and artists, as comfortable with a pen as with a magnifying glass. Often they were discouraged from getting dirty, much less pursuing careers in science. But they all became renowned scientists, frequently the only women in their fields. They overcame opposition and found ways to pass on their vision of how all lives in nature are beautifully connected. Their stories remind us to look and to look harder and then to look again. Under rotten logs or in puddles, there are amazing things to see."
This theme could easily be expanded into a unit study, and a fun one at that. The message behind all of these books is: encourage, encourage, encourage! When you're done with that, encourage some more!