Tuesday the 11th of February was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
At present, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. According to UNESCO data (2014-2016), only around 30% of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students’ enrollment is particularly low in ICT (3 %), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5 %) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8 %).
In honour of Women and Girls in Science, this week’s blog is about a series of Junior Non-Fiction books called Gutsy Girls go for Science.
All of these books describe the lives and achievements of women in various STEM fields.

Each of the books in the Gutsy Girls go for Science series offers an excellent selection of information about famous females as well as a selection of hands-on STEM projects to try at home. These books are written for children aged 8-11, but the information provided could be used for anyone up to year 12 – and even curious adults.

Link to Catalogue record for Paleontologists : with STEM projects for kids
Link to Catalogue record for Engineers : with STEM projects for kids

In Gutsy girls go for Science: Paleontologists written by Karen Bush Gibson you will meet five female paleontologist who made breakthrough discoveries of ancient life from millions of years ago. These women all led fascinating lives while working in the field and in the lab, often facing challenges because of their gender and race. Is your child fascinated by dinosaurs? Why not inspire them to take their interest further by trying some of the stimulating STEM projects included in this book.

In Gutsy girls go for Science: Programmers written by Karen Bush Gibson meet five female programmers who made revolutionary discoveries and inventions that changed the way people use technology! Some of the awesome STEM projects included in this volume include: Program with Scratch, Write a program in HTML or build your own app!



Link to Catalogue record for Programmers : with STEM projects for kids
Link to Catalogue record for Astronauts : with STEM projects for kids

Have you crossed over a bridge today? Have you ridden an elevator to a top floor? Have you opened up a carton of milk? All of these things were made possible through engineering! In Gutsy girls go for Science: Engineers written by Diane C. Taylor you will meet five female engineers who revolutionized the role of women in engineering. Did you know that Hypatia of Alexandria, Egypt, is often thought of as the first known female engineer? She was famous throughout the ancient Roman Empire as a philosopher, astronomer, mathematician and teacher.

Last, but not least is Gutsy girls go for Science: Astronauts written by Alicia Z. Klepeis. This volume explores the lives of some of the world’s most amazing female astronauts. These women trained for years to develop the skills necessary to become astronauts, taking risks and pushing the limits of what we know about life in space. You could also learn how to build a robotic arm and make your own telescope.

Feeling inspired to get your children into STEM? Cockburn Libraries can help. 

We have monthly STEAM Club sessions (which is STEM with added art for creativity) at Success library for kids aged 10 and over and for the younger kids we have a STEAM Club weekly term program at Coolbellup Library. We also have Scratch coding at Spearwood library which will open for bookings again in Term 3 – check the website for more details closer to the term 3.
Follow the links below to book. 

STEAM Club at Success Library – ages 10+

STEAM Club at Coolbellup Library – ages 8+

Thanks so much for reading, and if you have any other suggestions for STEM and STEAM related activities or resources you would like to see at the library, please feel free to email me.