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DATA Set: March of the Mini Beasts

Author: Ada Hopper
Lower Age: 5
Upper Age: 9
Year Added: 2016

March of the Mini Beasts, the first book in The DATA Set series, introduces readers to Laura, Gabe, and Cesar, the three “whiz kids” of Newtonburg Elementary who each have their own STEM specialty. Nicknamed the “Data Set” by their town, this science and math-loving group encounters Dr. Bunsen and are thrown into thrilling and entertaining adventures! Follow along with the fun illustrations, as the Data Set attempts to round up the rapidly growing animals that Dr. Bunsen accidentally brought to life with his wacky inventions. This short chapter book is perfect for younger children just beginning to read and introduces ideas of problem-solving essential to engineering thinking and design through a fun, easy-to-follow narrative.



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

Define a problem, learn about the problem, ask questions, generate Ideas, plan the solution, create the prototype or process, test the solution, analyze the solution, make improvements to the solution, work in a team, apply mathematics, apply science


Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem, criteria, constraints


Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Computational thinking, critical thinking, creative thinking, working as a team, design, problem solving



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    • Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
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      • “I liked getting to know the characters and trying to figure out how they could solve the problems they encountered. I enjoyed reading it and I’m sure parents would really have fun reading it with their kids!”