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10 Inspiring STEM Books for Girls of Color

Feb 18, 2021

Inspiring STEM Books for Girls of Color

Bring STEM alive to young female readers and help them see themselves in new and inspiring ways. 

Representation is everything. Girls and women are systematically tracked away from science, math, and other STEM-related education throughout their school years. According to the AAUW, this results in women only making up 28% of the workforce in STEM-related fields. The gender gap is wide and the gap is even wider when you account for girls of color. 

If girls of color can’t see themselves in the stories and media around them, it can hinder their interests in various fields and activities. Gender and diversity representation in STEM curriculum is key to helping provide practical experiences that in return spark curiosity and interest in STEM related topics. 

Here are a few of our favorite stories to inspire your students.

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Inspired by the real-life Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist showcases a story about a young scientist in the making, and her drive to explore the world around her. Not afraid to fail forward or to ask the big questions, Ada’s insatiable curiosity keeps her on her toes and will inspire young readers to explore and discover with her.

Sasha Savvy Loves to Code by Sasha Ariel Alston

Written by a teen author, Sasha Tech Savvy is a smart kid who lacks the confidence to try a new summer camp on coding. With some support and some exploration, Sasha Tech Savvy ends up surprising herself. The story is a fun and engaging way to spark curiosity in other young readers about coding and STEM. 

Girls Who Code (Series) by Stacie Deutsh

This series follows a group of girls who embark on creating something new. A new coding club, a new app and some new friendships. A story that showcases that coding and friendships are both things that are worth exploring. 

Count on Me by Miguel Tanco

The world can take on many things to young eyes and for this charter, the world is made up of beautiful mathematical concepts. Explore concentric circles and geometric shapes in everyday places. A great reminder of how beautiful the world can be and the different passions that exist in it.

Rocket Says Look Up! By Nathan Bryon

For all those stargazers out there, Rocket is an aspiring astronaut that is mesmerized by the stars above. She is eager to share her passion with those around her with a once-in-a-lifetime sighting of a comet that is passing overhead. This humorous and engaging book will help spark curiosity for young readers.

Lauren iPsum by Carlos Bueno

Lauren is lost. In order to find her way home, Lauren needs to solve a handful of puzzles – puzzles that help tie logic and computer science together. It’s the perfect book to help spark curiosity about a new world of technology.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli

If the illustrations don’t capture your attention, the extraordinary lives of these one hundred women will. A book that will surely inspire it’s readers both young and old.

Oh No! Or How my Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett

What could possibly happen when a science fair project goes wrong? A creative way to showcase the different facets of engineering, creativity, and even some empathy.

How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk

Not sure what coding and sandcastles have in common? Pearl and her sidekick robot, Pascal, can help shed some light on that. This is a fun story that helps to break down various coding concepts including conditionals and loops all while following a playful storyline of problem solving and creativity.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Based on the phenomenal true story of the female mathematicians at NASA, whose work helped the success of some of the greatest achievements in space. A moving and inspiring book that chronicles the history of a group of women and the wheels of change that they set in motion when they follow their passions.

Looking for more reading inspiration? Check out our STEM Recommended Reading List for Coding & Robotics. And be on the lookout next month for our Inspiring Women in STEM list to celebrate Women’s History Month!

Wonder League Robotics Competition FAQ | Year 8

Hello, robotics enthusiasts! If you’re here, you’re probably as excited as we are about the 8th Annual Wonder League Robotics Competition! To help you and your teams have the best possible experience competing this year, we wanted to share answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Who Can Compete:

Any kid, anywhere in the world, ages 6-8 (Innovator Cup) and 9-12 (Pioneer Cup). There are two age brackets: 6-8 and 9-12 and team members have to fall within the age category at some point during the competition. Participants must be the qualifying age for their bracket on the last day of the competition, but if they gain a year during the competition, that’s OK. They won’t age out! 

Competition Brackets:

  • Innovator Cup (Age 6-8)
  • Pioneer Cup (Age 9-12)

What Makes a Team:

A team is made up of a supervising adult coach, and one or more children (up to 5). That’s right, kids can compete solo, but a coach who is 18+ is needed to help with the submission process. For multi-kid teams, each member must be in the same age bracket. Coaches may have multiple teams and can register all their teams after registering as a coach. Please keep in mind that each team will need a separate Class Connect registration.

Note: Younger students may participate in the 9-12 age category, but please be aware that the missions have been designed with older students and advanced coding skills in mind.

What a Team Needs to Compete:

Class Connect subscription

The team is made up of a supervising adult coach and one to five members

  1. Compatible device
  2. 5′ x 8′ mat of 30cm squares and basic prototyping materials
  3. Teams in 6-8 & 9-12 age brackets will need a Dash robot
  4. Internet access to download and upload materials

Teams will need one Dash robot:

Check Device Compatibility here:

We will be offering a mat image that you are welcome to use and print with your local printer, but teams are absolutely encouraged to make their own if they prefer. For more on how to make your own mat, check out this blog post.

Coaches will, of course, need internet access to download the apps and keep up with the competition as it progresses, and may want to print out some kid-facing materials that we will provide at each stage.

Class Connect Subscription:

To register for the 8th Wonder League Robotics Competition requires a subscription to Class Connect, providing additional resources like standards-aligned content assignable right inside a student’s Blockly app. Learn more about Class Connect here.

If you already have a Class Connect subscription, you have access to register a team, based on your student license amount. If you have more than one team of 5 students, you will need to purchase another Coach Success Pack or consider a larger subscription to accommodate more teams and students.

  1. A Coach Success Pack provides:
    Participation in the WLRC for up to 5 students
    Access to all Missions
    Full access to Class Connect, (including Math Activities and Dash’s Neighborhood), for 5 students and 1 teacher for 7 months
    A discount code for a Dash robot from our online store at

Please note: Teams will need a physical Dash robot to complete the Missions.
The Coaches’ Dashboard in Class Connect will help our coaches register and manage their team(s). The dashboard will be your one-stop shop for all Wonder League Robotics Competition management. You will be able to access the Coaches’ Corner–where all competition-related content and resources will be hosted–the Heartbeat community forum, and all the submission forms right there on the Dashboard.

Accessing Missions for the Innovator Cup and Pioneer Cup:

Once your purchase is completed for Class Connect, you will receive an email to activate your Class Connect license.

Once this license is activated, you will be able to register yourself as a coach and register your teams. This is done on your portal page under the Robotics Competition tab.

Once your team/teams are registered, you will get an additional email from CoAssemble, our partner hosting the missions this year. This email will state you have been registered for the “2022-2023 Coaches Corner Course”.

Click on the link to be redirected to the CoAssemble website, and you will see the course and can access the Coaches’ Corner Guide as well as the Missions (available November 3, 2022).

Still having trouble accessing all the resources in the Coaches’ Corner? If you have previously had a license to Class Connect and registered as a coach, and have not seen Coaches’ Corner added to your CoAssemble list of courses, please email us at, and we will provide assistance.

Last Year’s Missions:

Taking a peek at last year’s missions might help you get a sense of what the competition is like. Just sign in with your Class Connect subscription and register as a coach to take a peek at the previous years by going to the Coaches’ Corner and selecting the desired year.

2022-23 Wonder League Robotics Competition Milestone Dates:

Here are important milestone dates to keep in mind as coaches develop timelines for teams competing in the 2022-23 Wonder League Robotics Competition.


  1. October 21, 2022: Student Team Registration Opens
  2. November 3, 2022: Round One Opens + Five Mission Released
  3. January 13, 2023: Student Team Registration Closes
  4. January 27, 2023: Mission Evidence Submission Closes 
  5. January 28-March 5, 2023: Invitational Round Notification 
  6. February 6, 2023: Invitational Round Opens + Final Mission Released
  7. March 24, 2023: Invitational Round Submission Due 
  8. April 10, 2023: People’s Choice Voting Opens 
  9. April 21, 2023: People’s Choice Voting Closes 
  10. May 4, 2023: 2022-23 Wonder League Robotics Competition Winner Announcement

NEW Award Category: WLRC People’s Choice Award

Teams may opt in to participate in the WLRC People’s Choice Award category by creating a :30 second video explaining the Team’s Invitational Round Final Mission solution that will be shared with the community at in an “online crowd vote” competition. The WLRC People’s Choice Award allows teams to share and celebrate their work in the WLRC and encourage community support in voting for their team. This is an optional category for teams to enter and will not impact scoring of the Invitational Round submission as they will be judged by STEM and Coding experts using a published rubric.

Children’s Privacy:

We take our participants’ privacy very seriously and comply with COPPA when collecting any information. In the invitational round we ask only for the students’ first names, and request parents’ permission. For those that make it into the Invitational Round, we ask for full names, again with permission. We are never marketing, selling to, or corresponding with children. All contact is through the proxy of the coach.