Wonder Women of Science: How 12 Geniuses Are Rocking Science, Technology, and the World (Hardcover)
What does it take to be a STEM genius? Check out these exciting, highly readable profiles of a dozen contemporary women who are on the cutting edge of scientific research.
Searching the cosmos for a new Earth. Using math to fight human trafficking. Designing invisible (and safer) cars. Unlocking climate-change secrets. All of this groundbreaking science, and much more, is happening right now, spearheaded by the diverse female scientists and engineers profiled in this book.
Meet award-winning aerospace engineer Tiera Fletcher and twelve other science superstars and hear them tell in their own words not only about their fascinating work, but also about their childhoods and the paths they traveled to get where they are—paths that often involved failures and unexpected changes in direction, but also persistence, serendipity, and brilliant insights. Their careers range from computer scientist to microbiologist to unique specialties that didn’t exist before some amazing women profiled here created them. Here is a book to surprise and inspire not only die-hard science fans, but also those who don’t (yet!) think of themselves as scientists. Back matter includes reading suggestions, an index, a glossary, and some surprising ideas for how to get involved in the world of STEM.
About the Author
Tiera Fletcher is an award-winning aerospace engineer who was hired by NASA directly after graduating from MIT. While working to send humans to Mars and inspire others to achieve their dreams, she was featured in a North Face ad campaign, “Tiera Moves Mountains.” She travels the world with her family.
Ginger Rue is an author and a contributing editor for Guideposts magazine. She lives in Alabama with her husband and their blended family.
Sally Wern Comport is a commercial artist and an award-winning illustrator. She is also principal of Art at Large, Inc., a large-scale environmental graphics studio that has designed and produced exhibitions and public art for numerous museums and institutions. Sally Wern Comport resides in Annapolis, Maryland, with her family.
While traditional collective biographies celebrate luminaries from the past, this book introduces 12 women who are actively engaged in STEM fields...Based on interviews with the 12 women, the text includes lengthy quotes, which add a personal tone to each chapter...it’s quite engaging. The color illustrations include some snapshots of these “wonder women” as kids and a creative, full-page portrait of each as an adult, accompanied by visual elements suggestive of her field. In this unusually appealing guide to STEM career pathways, students will find inspiration, motivation, and useful information in equal measure.
—Booklist (starred review)
Brief, inspiring biographies of 12 female scientists are accompanied by interesting information on an array of scientific topics... The women run the gamut, including a forestry engineer, a computer science engineer, and a paleoclimatologist...An invaluable and highly plausible road map from youthful ambition to future success. Outstanding backmatter rounds out this excellent presentation. A fine choice for inspiring future scientists.
—Kirkus (Starred Review)
Whether it’s designing new suits for NASA, working on video game systems, or tracking an endangered species, the women profiled in this title are rockstars in their field. The 12 easy-to-read biographies detail the careers and accomplishments of each woman...This collection can spark readers to follow their passion. Great for those looking to expand their STEM biographies and collected biography sections
—School Library Journal
Profiles of twelve (mostly American) women in STEM-related fields include lots of direct quotes from the subjects, making their paths to success relatable. . . . Career trajectories highlight "The Spark" and "The Eureka Moment"; notes "to Self" and "to You" and "Words to Live By" offer advice to readers.
—The Horn Book
This engaging book introduces 13 women currently working in the scientific community who are making important contributions in a myriad of fields. Readers will meet spacesuit designer Dava Newman, materials engineer and car paint expert Minjuan Zhang, tapir conservationist Patricia Medici, and more inspiring STEM professionals in various specialties. . . . The authors provide excellent and easy-to-understand explanations of science concepts, sometimes within the narrative and other times in sidebars between chapters.
—School Library Connection
For young readers interested in STEM, Wonder Women of Science by aerospace engineer Tiera Fletcher and author Ginger Rue features 12 science superstars on the cutting edge of research.
Fletcher, a rocket scientist, collaborated with Rue, a writer, to interview 12 scientists - 13 if you include Fletcher. . . . The women talk about their work, their childhood and how they became the stars they are. They highlight their fears and failures, but in an uplifting manner, conveying the message that young people should pursue a dream regardless of other people’s notions or how hard it is to succeed.
—The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Saving tapirs in Brazil, designing a better space suit, digging in the dirt to study climate change, searching the cosmos for extraterrestrial life. These are examples of work being done by the 12 science superstars featured in this lively collection. . . . The stories are diverse, the tellings are fresh and friendly, and the impact is great.
This collection of brief biographies of woman scientists is compiled by an aerospace engineer and a novelist. This isn’t just biographical information, however, but this book is also full of facts about each woman’s field of study.