Book Nerds Wanted!
Do you enjoy reading? Are you looking for a club that reads great books and discusses them through an online forum? Our STEM Book Club is the place for you! Check back bimonthly to see what our Book of the Month is. Purchase the book, or check it out of your local library! Finish the book, then join in on the fun when you share your likes and dislikes.
January/ February 2018
Disclosure: This book is recommended for 9-12 grade students. It does include some explicit language. While there may be some mature language in the reading, this book was chosen because 1) It displays a courageous woman’s life journey to become a talented scientist, and 2) Hope Jahren’s perseverance throughout all her trials and triumphs gives girls the hope that they can do anything as long as they are willing to work hard enough and follow their dreams.
Summary: Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.
Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.
Jahren’s probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. Lab Girl opens your eyes to the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal. Here is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover along the way the person you were meant to be.
In-text: (Amazon.com, 2017)
Your Bibliography: Amazon.com. (2017). Cite a Website - Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: https://www.amazon.com/Lab-Girl-Hope-Jahren/dp/1101874937 [Accessed 14 Dec. 2017].
Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science
Journey into the lives of Maria Sibylla Merian, Mary Anning, and Maria Mitchell. See how these three impressive ladies broke through the typical "girl" stereotype, and went on to discover truths about the life cycles of insects, fossils that helped uncover the past, and the discovery of a comet that soared through the night sky.