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Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science

Author: Diane Stanley
Lower Age: 4
Upper Age: 8
Price: $17.99
Year Added: 2016
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Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer, tells the true story of Ada Lovelace, an amazing scientist who lived over two hundred years ago and defied conventional standards. The daughter of a daydreamer poet father and a highly educated, logical-minded mother, Ada had both a love for math and science and a creative spirit. At an early age, Ada was taught to see the world scientifically, but nothing could squash her imagination and curiosity. Despite the challenges she faced as a woman working in a world dominated by men, Ada went on to write the first known computer code, well over a hundred years before the dawn of the digital age! With colorful and engaging illustrations and an inspirational narrative, boys and girls will enjoy reading about this important historical figure. Young readers will be introduced to real-life problem-solving, early ideas of computer design, and basic concepts of computational thinking.



Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:

Define a problem, make observations, create a prototype or process, analyze a solution, refine ideas, recognize patterns, apply mathematics, work in a team


Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem to be solved by developing a new or improved object, tool, or process, a user, criteria, constraints\


Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift:

Thinking, creative thinking, programming, working collaboratively, perseverance, logical thinking



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      • The historical components make this book charming to young readers. The real inspiration from Ada will influence girls and boys and lead them to go bravely with their science and engineering dreams.”