Riley Loves Robotics: A STEM-Focused Girl Power Book
Riley Loves Robotics: A STEM-Focused Girl Power Book
A children's STEM educational book that follows a young girl who solves her problem by creating a robot at home with everyday items.
A children's STEM educational book that follows a young girl who solves her problem by creating a robot at home with everyday items. Read more
About this project
When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Many girls will say they want to be a ballerina, a dolphin trainer, or a chef. These are all great careers, but, how many girls even think to say that they want to work as an engineer building robots? Hardly any! The Girls Love STEAM team wants to change that...Meet Riley!
Riley Loves Robotics is a story of Girl Power and STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)! When Riley is confronted with a problem that no one is able to help her with (except her silly dog, Winston, who is more of a distraction than a help), she creates her own robot, using everyday household items, to solve it!
Kids can follow Riley along her journey in a fun rhyme-and-meter story. Then they can follow the included step-by-step instructions to create their own robot at home with household materials! In the back of the book there is a practical and academic information section about robotics, and a terminology section with child-friendly definitions.
Riley Loves Robotics is the first book in the Girls Love STEAM series. Additional stories are in the works including "Sarah Loves Science" and "Tori Loves Technology", and will be featured in future Kickstarter projects.
Riley Grows with Your Child
Riley Loves Robotics is great for several ages and will grow with your child!
Toddlers - Preschoolers: Love Riley as a fun bedtime story.
Preschoolers - Early Elementary Schoolers: Enjoy learning to read the story and can complete the project with some basic help.
Middle - Late Elementary Schoolers and Up: Enjoy the story, creating a fun robot on their own with everyday household materials, and can learn more about robotics in the information resources section at the end of the book.
What is STEAM?
Many people know what STEM is but not STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math - specifically the interaction between these areas of study. For example - when someone uses Engineering to create a bridge, they usually include what it will visually look like afterwards in the design...they include the Art of the visual design.
Through the Girls Love STEAM series, you will be able to follow smart and powerful young girls in each book who are using their knowledge of a different area of STEAM. There will be a project that can be completed at home using household materials like a toothbrush or milk.
Why write books for girls about STEAM?
Women and girls have been historically underrepresented in STEAM related fields, and there have been many research studies looking into why this is the case. Studies have found that girls are just as good at science and math as boys, but tend to either not find them interesting to begin with, or lose interest in them over time because they're not exposed to them in an engaging way. Girls tend to have high verbal scores and have been found to enjoy learning through stories. As Anna Kuchment wrote in her Scientific American article, "Teaching STEM through storytelling offers creative opportunities to encourage girls to pursue their STEM-related interests."
Are these books only for girls?
NO!!! Boys love reading this fun book too! It's important for boys to read stories about girls who have knowledge in STEAM and can teach them something. If boys learn that girls are good at Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math at a young age too, it won't be anything strange to them as they grow up. This could help lead to a more understanding learning and work environment.
How were the Illustrations created?
I created illustrations by digitally manipulating (using 3 different computer programs) photographs of my cousin, Riley. She was an amazing model!
How are the books printed?
Riley Loves Robotics has been printed in a very limited first publication run with PCH Litho of Vista, California, a USA family-owned company. I have been able to work out the kinks and found the best possible publishing specifications for my book.
The book will be soft sided, 36 pages plus the cover. Final size for the books will be 8.5" x 11" horizontal. The cover is offset printed and made of 100lb G Cover with UV coated paper for scratch and fingerprint protection, and the inside pages are digitally printed with 80lb paper with gloss coating to protect against color fading. The binding is perfect binding on the 8.5" side made with glue and heat.
- Soft Sided Professionally Printed Book
- Fun Flower or Gear Shaped Bookmark
Where are the $6,000 funds going?
The funds will go towards printing and shipping the first 1,000 copies of "Riley Loves Robotics", business costs (including getting an ISBN number), creating bookmarks, and generating an Ebook.
"Nikki’s book is appealing and instructive from both a science/engineering point of view, and also from a craft/creativity and DIY point of view. As a computer scientist, engineer, leader and also in charge of some of our STEM programs, I find this book to be unusual in the way it develops the lesson and theme. I like the way the project is not revealed initially; the preceding story and prose builds context for the STEAM project, and it is a fun mystery to see what it is going to be. The sources, the glossary and the science concept explanations at the end are professional and complete. The robotic printer project is useful, fun, and I can’t wait to try it!" - Susie Armstrong, Sr. VP, Engineering, Qualcomm, Inc.
"Nikki Arm’s book, Riley Loves Robotics, proves that the best stories are about real life challenges and successes. Not only does her book inspire young scientists how to creatively solve problems, but it specifically encourages girls to build their own robots, using basic science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Written in rhyme and beautifully illustrated by the writer, the story of Riley is fun to read, respecting the young reader’s imagination and intelligence. I have used her book most successfully in an after-school reading program at the local elementary school with fifth and sixth grade girls. The story is based on Nikki’s own life and experience as the lead machinist for her high school’s robotics team. I cannot imagine a better role model for young girls today. Recommended for upper elementary and middle school readers, the book also contains a clean and unintimidating explanation of robotics, as well as a very accessible glossary of science terms used in the book." - Ronette Youmans, Retired English and Academic Literacy Specialist, Encinitas, CA
"Nikki's book is an engaging story for all of my students! They enjoyed being able to create the robot after they read the book. This book is a wonderful introduction to get students excited about combining science, technology, engineering, art and math. The hard work that Nikki put into writing her book is admirable, and her passion for STEAM is apparent." - Jennifer Smith, 5th Grade Teacher, El Camino Creek Elementary, Carlsbad, CA
"As Nikki’s Gold Award Mentor, I watched her from the planning stage as she conceptualized how to best create enthusiasm in young girls to embrace STEAM in their educational pursuits. Nikki’s vision is pure and decisive ~ her storytelling capabilities paired with exciting and engaging visuals capture her audience and introduce them the science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics at a stage of cognitive development that can be life changing. Exciting and inspiring for our future!" - Tiffany Chatham Smith, Regent Publishing Services and San Diego Girl Scouts Gold Award Mentor, San Diego, California
"Nikki's book is extremely well written and suited for all students but especially elementary aged students both boys and girls. The writing is clever and they would love the poetic way of writing. Kids love to hear poetry read or to read it themselves. The subject matter is very interesting and uses materials readily available to children. The projects can be done by one child, a group of children or children and adults together. I liked how much scientific information was included in the book itself, not only in the story but also the reference pages in the book. These are top-notch books for developing and maintaining interest in science through STEAM." - Luana Corbin, Retired School Teacher, Medford, Oregon
“We are so proud of Nikki at El Camino Creek! Our students loved reading her books and then replicating her STEAM experiments. She led our students in the activities, and they were excited at the results. The pictures and the language of the text cut across grade levels. It is a wonderful example of perseverance and success for our students!” - Linda Verga, 3rd Grade Teacher, El Camino Creek Elementary, Carlsbad, California
If "Riley Loves Robotics" earns enough money, Girls Love STEAM wants to give back!
If the campaign meets a goal of $10,000, Girls Love STEAM will donate 50 books to a charitable organization geared to kids and reading. The charity will be determined if original $6,000 goal is met.
Additional Donation Stretch Goals will be added for each $5,000 of support after the $10,000 goal is met. This site will be updated with a new charity after each previous goal is met.
Have a suggestion for a specific charity that could benefit from a donation? Please leave the charity/organization name and contact information in my comments section. Thanks!
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Risks and challenges
All projects have some level of risk, of course, and you may be asking how safe is it to go with a new author who is still in High School?
Girls Love STEAM is a Sole Proprietorship in California led by me, Nikki Arm. I'm not alone though...I have several mentors, teachers, family and friends with many years of business experience behind them so I won't miss anything. They want to see my dream of helping girls learn about STEAM succeed! You can learn more about my efforts for Girls Love STEAM by visiting my Kickstarter biography and/or my website, www.GirlsLoveSTEAM.com.
Riley Loves Robotics has already been written, illustrated, and published in a limited first run through my publishers (PCH Litho, Vista, California - a well known, USA family-owned company - www.PCHLitho.com.)
I have already gone through the errors known to occur in the first publication runs and feel that we (PCH Litho and I) are ready to roll as soon as this Kickstarter project is finished and funded.
I do not expect delays, but if anything happens I will let you know immediately.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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