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Tracy FrancisBy Tracy Francis
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Tracy FrancisBy Tracy Francis
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$1,750
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, March 18 2018 7:05 AM UTC +00:00

About

The Code Wizard is the first book of its kind, using fun rhymes and colorful adventures to teach children about the exciting possibilities of coding and computer science.     

When doing our research, we discovered that the majority of children's coding books were trying to teach pieces of the literal coding language, which even to an adult can be confusing. We realized there must be a better way!  

The Code Wizard is an exciting and colorful book that captures the imagination of all ages. In the book, you transport through a portal and into a digital realm where the Code Wizard and your new friend, Codex, show you so many exciting things you can do and make with code! Not only will you go on adventures, you’ll also learn some fun facts, vocabulary, and easy concepts along the way; such as, what code is made of, cryptography, concepts of robotics, and what you can do with a single board computer! This book is full of enchanting rhymes and inspiring wonder that will leave children and adults wanting to learn more!

This is actually the fourth book of five that I have written over the past few years, but the first to be illustrated and published! We felt that the need for a fun and inspiring children’s book about coding was so high that we decided to make it top priority! When first looking for an illustrator, I had a hard time letting go of what I envisioned for the book in my head, and ultimately decided to illustrate the book myself.   

 

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There is a huge need for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education in America.  The number of STEM careers is growing much faster than we are generating new students for these careers.  America is ranked 29th in math and 22nd in science among industrialized countries and, according to www.esa.doc.gov, in 2017 “Employment in STEM occupations grew much faster than employment in non-STEM occupations over the last decade (24.4 percent versus 4.0 percent, respectively).” If these trends continue, we will find many of these future jobs unfilled in America.  That is why it is so important that we promote STEM education at all levels of learning. 

http://www.esa.doc.gov/reports/stem-jobs-2017-update  

https://www.ed.gov/stem 

There is a particularly high demand for STEM education at a young age, and this book is exactly what we need. The Code Wizard will help get children excited and inspired to learn more about the coding and eventually make their own coding projects.   

In addition to this being a children's book that supports STEM education, it also has a female lead character to help inspire young girls to feel empowered and know that they’re not limited in any career field. The majority of children's books have male lead characters which can sometimes alienate girls. This book has been specifically designed with that in mind and strives to open young girls’ minds to a future in STEM by helping them envision themselves doing cool things with code, such as making robots or helping to save people's lives.

My husband and I are strong advocates of STEM and computer science education. With my husband's computer science degree, and several of my own computer science classes, I have a good technical understanding of the fundamental concepts of computer science. As a young adult and mother who is frequently around young children, I found a way to present the bigger picture to children that would be interesting and exciting for them to understand. We believe at a young age the key is for children to understand WHAT they can do with coding. This will hopefully give them enough excitement to choose to further their computer science education.

My husband has said, “It was hard for me to learn difficult concepts in school until I found something to be passionate about. Once I was excited about something, those concepts became much easier to master.” That is why I was inspired to write a book for children about the many things they can create using code. As the first of its kind, it is so important for The Code Wizard to capture the imagination of all children, empower them with an exciting future of possibilities, and inspire them to want to learn more in the computer science field!

The Code Wizard is intended for children between the ages of 3 and 10. Even though this book has a visual lead female character, the book reads to target both boys and girls and has adventures and other characters that all children will love and relate to!

 

Everything we make through this Kickstarter will help, specifically in these areas: 

  • Costs of printing 
  • Fees of page ink quality tests 
  • ISBN Reg 
  • Illustrations 
  • Shipping 
  • Mock ups / Sample Book 
  • Copyrights 
  • Editing 
  • Kickstarter fees 
  • Other unforeseen fees  

We greatly thank you and appreciate any and all support! We can’t do this without you!

 

The Code Wizard is the first book of its kind and there is a great need for more books supporting STEM education in young children!  

Kickstarter is all or nothing funding, which means if we don’t make our goal you will not be charged and the book won’t be published. If you would like to see this book come to life we really need your help!  

Not only will the Kickstarter backers have the opportunity to get the first books of The Code Wizard, but they will be the only ones guaranteed a *FIRST EDITION* copy! These first edition copies will NOT be reprinted once the Kickstarter is over. The *FIRST EDITION* copy will be distinguished by a codex paw print on the front cover! All books that are produced after the Kickstarter prizes will be a second edition without the paw print.  

The reason for this is that I want my backers to feel special and strongly know that without them none of this would be possible!  

I know there is some hesitation about supporting a Kickstarter in general but please let me reassure you:  

  • I love staying in contact with my supporters and will be constantly updating everyone through The Code Wizard Facebook page, listed in the link below! 
  • You will ABSOLUTELY get all of your items for whatever reward system you sign up for! 
  • Your loyalty and support by backing me is something I take very seriously and greatly respect! Everyone will receive all of their reward tier items before any non-backers do. This means you will NOT see the book or coloring book for sale on amazon or any other site until every backer has received it. 
  • Lastly, this is my full-time job and my dream. If I get the funding there is no way this project won’t happen. Every effort and energy I've had over the last year has gone into this book and it won’t stop here. With 4 other books waiting to be illustrated, there’s no slowing me down. I WILL empower and inspire children and the world through my books, and I would love your support to help me do so!

 

The Code Wizard Kickstarter will run for 30 days, after which I will place orders for the First Edition copies.  I have planned for 8 weeks to receive the book orders which includes me receiving and approving a sample book from the publishing company.  I expect shipment of the books to be delivered to me mid May at which time i will start distributing to my backers!  In this ideal timeline, everyone should have their reward tiers by the end of June or beginning of July, dependent on how many backers there are.  As stated in the risks below, the only hick-up we could have is a delay in shipping.

Estimated delivery of all Kickstarter copies: May 20th, 2018

Estimated delivery of your book: Late June 2018, early July 2018

I will be posting updates of this entire process along the way which you can view through The Code Wizard Facebook page listed in the links below!

There really is no risk at this point! Being the author and illustrator, I have had full control over this book and the illustrations for both the book and coloring book are 100% done!!  

All that is left is for the book to get funding and be printed! It is ready to go!!!   

The only problem I could possibly see arising is a delay in shipping, however if that happens I have a strong and dedicated team of people to help ship off the books as soon as they're ready!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thecodewizardbook/  

Facebook: Starpples: https://www.facebook.com/starpples/ 

Website: http://www.starpples.com/the-code-wizard/  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/starpples/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/starpples

Any Issues please email me through starpples@gmail.com or The Code Wizard Facebook page listed above.

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    ENTER THE DIGITAL REALM

    A ONE OF A KIND reward where you or your child will be drawn into the Digital Realm with The Code Wizard and Codex! This unique picture will be sent to you as a large, high quality, 20x30in poster and a high quality electronic file for you to do with as you wish!

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    CLASS BOOK SET

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    STEM FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY

    You'll receive 500 *FIRST EDITION* hardcover copies of The Code Wizard, distinguished by a codex paw print on the front cover! - Perfect for your STEM fundraising event!

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