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10 Inspiring STEM Books for Women’s History Month

Mar 4, 2021

10 Inspiring STEM Books for Women's History Month

Celebrating Women's History Month Through Reading … STEM style.

March marks Women’s History Month. It’s a time to celebrate all the accomplishments, discoveries and the ways in which the women before us continue to inspire us. Recognizing the importance of what these women have done shouldn’t be limited to just 30 days but rather a focal point that is reflected upon through the whole school year. And what better way to do that then through reading an inspiring story or two! 

Inspiring the next generation of female leaders, disruptors and innovators is something that Wonder Workshop strives to do with everything we create. As parents and educators we want to help inspire our girls to know that they can be whatever it is that they want to be, but sometimes recognizing that means seeing examples of that. 

Here is a list of some of our favorite reads about the women who have impacted history and have made their mark on the world for all girls to see. Readers of all ages and genders will be left feeling inspired and even more curious about the world around them.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by, Vashti Harrison 

This book features 18 women who did extraordinary things and left their mark on the world. Find examples of fearless leaders of all kinds from an array of different fields in this little but bold book.

Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code by Rebel Girls, Marina Muun (Illustrator)

Ada made her mark in history and on the world by writing the first programming language, which was called… Ada. This story highlights various events from Ada’s life and how her imagination and creativity led to her putting the wheels into motion for the digital age almost two hundred years ago.

Women Who Dared: 52 Fearless Daredevils, Adventures, and Rebels by Linda Skeers, Livi Gosling (Illustrator)

The history books rarely give credit to all the daring, amazing, and fearless women who helped change the world and discovered new things. This book features brief biographies of those daring and rebel women who have pushed the boundaries and redefined their fields.

Mae Among The Stars by Roda Ahmed, Stasia Burrington (Illustrator)

What would it be like to be floating in space? Surrounded by billions of stars and discovering new planets? Mae’s dream has always been to be an astronaut. Follow Mae Jemison’s journey in this delightful story as first African American women to travel into space.

Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz

Each letter of the alphabet is connected to American woman who changed the world by never following the rules and instead redefining the rules. This collection shines a spotlight on the many women who have influenced others around the world. 

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Ready to be blown away by the incredible impact women have had on science? This volume is an easy and fun read for all levels. Learn new scientific tidbits about these incredibly dedicated women who overcame obstacles in their way and never took no for an answer.

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood

Another inspiring biography collection of women who changed history. The illustrations, poems, back stories and timelines make this book fun, interesting, and informative.

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison

Spark young readers’ curiosity and confidence with these remarkable stories about women who dared to push the boundaries and explore the world around them.

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating, Marta Alvarez Miguens (Illustrator)

An inspiring true story about Eugenie Clark who dedicated her life to the creatures of the ocean. Born in 1922 into a world that was not kind or accepting of women in science, Eugenie’s story of grit, discovery, and passion will make any young reader eager to explore the world around them.

Little People, Big Dreams: Jane Goodall by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Beatrice Cerocchi (Illustrator)

This series is a must have. This story follows the life of Jane Goodall and her impact on not only the study of chimpanzees but her inspiring influence and dedication to animals of all kinds.

Looking for other STEM related lists? Take a peek at our STEM Recommended Reading List for Coding & Robotics that is jammed packed of motivating and fun reads or last month’s reading list, 10 Inspiring STEM Books for Girls of Color

Have any favorites of your own? Share your finds with us on social!

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.