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DATA Set: Robots Rule the School

Author: Ada Hopper
Lower Age: 5
Upper Age: 9
Price: $5.99
Year Added: 2016

Robots Rule the School, the fourth book in The DATA Set series, brings together Gabe, Laura, Cesar, and their classmates for another exciting adventure! In this story, the Data Set’s science teacher gives the students an interesting assignment: to invent their own robot! There is  one condition: the robots must do something that will make their lives better. Laura, Gabe, and Cesar, the three “whiz kids” of Newtonburg Elementary, must now  engage in the design process by ideating and developing robot prototypes, but their conventional teamwork agenda is jeopardized when a new student joins in on the project. As the students begin working on their robots, problems arise as the robots begin to malfunction and take over the school. In order to save the school, the students are challenged to work as a team to problem solve given their robotic requirements. This is a thrilling and engaging story with plenty of illustrations to help tell the story of the diverse characters and their robots. Furthermore, the concept of making our lives better lies at the very heart of most engineering problems, and by reading this book, children will thoroughly engage in that concept.



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: 4.3 out of 5.0
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      • “This easy-to-read and easy-to-follow story makes it easy for children to understand the processes and principles of engineering and how it applies to design.”