We’re definitely a technology loving household — my husband has been a tech entrepreneur for years and I’ve been geeking out over blogging and things like SEO for 15 years. We’ve always encouraged our girls to pursue a career in any field they want, including one one in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math). My teenager, Miss C, is currently learning about coding in school and is also enrolled in high school chemistry and geometry. My 7th grader, Miss A, is a self-professed geek girl and always curious about science and technology.
We are already talking about college choice, majors and career possibilities and we discuss careers in science and medicine. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce. The tide is definitely turning when it comes to women in STEM careers and pop culture is also picking up on this trend, with movies like Hidden Figures becoming a favorite for girls and an inspiration with positive female role models in science. When it comes to books, I haven’t seen a lot of young adult fiction focused on girls in science or technology so I was excited to receive a copy of Click’d by author Tamara Ireland Stone. Just released September 5, this is the New York Times best selling author’s first foray into middle school fiction.
Here’s a quick synopsis:
Allie Navarro can’t wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. CLICK’D pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it’s a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about CLICK’D. Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone’s making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone’s secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt—all before she steps on stage to present CLICK’D to the judges? New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone combines friendship, coding, and lots of popcorn in her fun and empowering middle-grade debut.
Not only is this book a great example of girls excelling in technology, it’s a great read. I actually read it cover to cover and found it to be a great story about friendship and perseverance (Allie and Nathan spend hours in their school computer lab perfecting their code). There are a great activities in the back of the book to encourage conversations about STEM as well. It also prompted some great conversations about developing apps and how technology and gaming can be used for good.
Click’d Book Prize Pack Giveaway
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