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Rosie Revere, Engineer
Posted August 12, 2015

Jennifer Love, Northeastern University asked Kate Gramling, Illumineer

PostedTuesday, August 18, 2015 at 12:11 PM

Can I collaborate with you on Rosie Revere Engineer?
I love this book and I would be interested in working with you.  I am an engineering professor at Northeastern University and involved with K-12 outreach.  I love this book and have recommended it to my community's local library and to the elementary schools' libraries.  Have you seen the PictureSTEM curriculum that Tamara Moore and Christina Tank have developed through the University of Minnesota?  Picture STEM books for elementary levels is one of their specialties.  https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/picturestem/.  I bet they have considered this book too....

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  • Jennifer Love , Northeastern University
    Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 8:52 PM
    Kate,
    Other books that I use in STEAM and engineering K-12 outreach are:
    The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (2014)
    Engineering Elephants! by Emily Hunt & Michelle Pantoya (2010)
    Engineering the ABCs: How Engineers Shape Our World by Patty O'Brien Novak (2009)
    Rocks, Jeans and Busy Machines: An Engineering Kids Storybook by Alane Rivera (2010)
    What's Engineering? Color & Discover! coloring book by startEngineering.com (2015)
    Dream Invent Create: Engineer the World by startengineering.com
    Randy Riley's Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen (2012) (I love Chris Van Dusen's illustrations!)
    If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen  (2007)
    If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen (2012)
    How Do You Lift a Lion? by Robert Wells
    Leo Cockroach Toy Tester by Kevin O'Malley (1999)
    Scoop, Seesaw & Raise - A Book About Levers by Michael Dahl (2006)
    Pull, Life & Lower - A Book About Pulleys by Michael Dahl (2006)
    Roll, Slope & Slide - A Book About Ramps by Michael Dahl (2006)
    Tires, Spokes & Sprockets - A Book about Wheels and Axles by Michael Dahl (2006)
    
    Chapter books:
    Alien in My Pocket series by Nate Ball (host of PBS Design Squad TV show & engineer)
    Sydney & Simon: Full Steam Ahead! by Paul Reynolds & Peter Reynolds (2014)
    
    I've used these books at different in-school and afterschool or informal STEM/STEAM events and programs with kids ages 4 - 12 as a way to introduce engineering and what engineers do.  
    
    Tamara Moore and Christina Tank have A TON of picture STEM books that they've incorporated into their PictureSTEM curriculum, some of which I have tried, especially the Hamsters Habitat unit for 1st graders that uses the Leo Cockroach Toy Tester book.
    
    I am always on the lookout for more great books so I will be sure to check out your library on Link Engineering.  I love picturebookwoman.com by the way! 
    
    Jen Love
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  • Kate Gramling , Illumineer
    Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 12:29 PM
    Hi Jennifer,
    I am actually an online producer - I create content for websites and multi-media projects.  I've been working with the NAE over the last few months to prepare and test content for this site.  My Rosie Revere, Engineer post was created as part of that work.  However.  
    
    I am very interested in finding new ways to use picture books to introduce young people to engineering. One of my long-term projects is a website devoted to picture books and how they can be used to promote learning.  http://www.picturebookwoman.com   (This is, in fact, a labor of love that I started with my mom several years ago.)
    
    Since becoming involved with LinkEngineering, we've started working to increase the number and quality of materials on that site that deal with engineering and technology.  We are still in the early stages of developing book lists and activities specifically aimed at using picture books to generate interest in these topics.
    
    Rosie is a new addition to our library, and I was delighted with it from the first reading.  In particular, this seems like a good book to introduce engineering as a career and talk about how engineers have to try out different ideas before they find the right solution. Is that how you've used the book?  Are there other picture books out there like this one?
    
    Thank you for the link and for any additional information you'd like to share.  I'll post our progress on creating activities for this picture book here.
    
    Best regards,
    Kate
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