Shares the story of the pioneering African American mathematician, Katherine Johnson, who helped calculate America’s first manned flight into space, its first manned orbit of Earth, and the world’s first trip to the moon.
From the messy to the unbelievable the Library offers hands on STEM learning opportunities for kids across our 18 locations. We encourage children to discover and explore their dreams by connecting these fun activities to real life jobs they can aspire to. During Super Science programs we’re learning about innovative scientists like the inventor of the Super Soaker to the brave marine biologist who swam with sharks. Journey to space with Mae Jemison and then to the deep sea in the first Bathysphere. Check these books out and connect with your local children’s librarian for activities you can do at home that will support your budding science super star.
As a girl coming of age during the Civil Rights Movement, Patricia Bath made it her mission to become a doctor. When obstacles like racism, poverty, and sexism threatened this goal, she persevered–brightening the world with a game-changing treatment for blindness.
Mae wanted to be an astronaut. She dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding, and discovering. Her parents encouraged her, saying, “If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.” This encouragement, along with Mae’s own curiosity, intelligence, and determination, paved the way for her to become the first African American woman to travel in space.
The bold story of Maya Lin, the artist-architect who designed the Vietnam War Memorial.
Examines how the engineer George Ferris invented and constructed the amusement park ride that bears his name for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
A biographical account of engineer Otis Barton and naturalist Will Beebe’s record-setting descent into the deep ocean in their Bathysphere craft, making the men the first humans to witness deep sea creatures in their natural habitat.
The memoir of a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts.
Biography of Eugenie Clark, who devoted her life to studying sharks and taught the world that sharks were to be admired rather than feared. Includes facts about sharks and a timeline of Eugenie Clark’s life.
Chronicles the life and achievements of the NASA engineer and inventor, from his childhood to his accidental invention of the Super Soaker water gun.
A collection of artworks inspired by the lives and achievements of fifty famous women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, from the ancient world to the present, profiles each notable individual.