Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley; illustrated by Jessie Hartland. 2016. Gouache.
Brief summary: Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron and math whiz Annabella, did not like the things and interests of other young women of her time. She co-worked with Charles Babbage to invent the Analytical Engine which could run any mathematical calculation by using punched cards and considered the first programmable all-purpose digital computer. Ada wrote the mathematical code. Ada wrote a scientific paper about the invention giving it scientific and mathematical attention. She translated the work from French to English.
Comments: Back pages explain how both scientists worked on the engine, but there was some concern of what each contributed. Good addition for a coding study.
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Nanobots by Chris Gall; illustrated by Chris Gall. 2016. Created in Adobe Creative Suite with a Wacom drawing tablet.
Brief summary: A child inventor decides to build nanobots so small they have to be seen with a microscope. He enters them in a contest where a big robot falls apart but is put back together with the help of the nanobots.
Comments: The author’s note includes information of nanotechnology in the future.
Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton; illustrated by Don Tate. Illustrations created digitally. 2016.
Brief Summary: Lonnie Johnson was one of six children living in Mobile, Alabama. He was interested in inventing as a child leaving home to go to Tuskegee Institute to become an engineer. He invented the super-soaker realizing that an air pump would make the water go further. He went to a toy company and his water gun was produced making water fighting more fun than ever.
Comments: This is an invention that students can relate to and will want to know who and how it was created. Nonfiction narrative. It could go in biographies or inventions section of the library. I plan to share this during the first two weeks of school when students are still water fighting to cool off during the hot, August heat.