Why I wrote this book

Here are some of the reasons why I wrote this book:

  1. I kept hearing stories from women who said they had to go against social or family pressure to pursue technology.
  2. Who are the heroines of technology for teenage girls?
  3. What if Hermione used technology instead of magic?
  4. I love story writing.
  5. I have two daughters (and a son).

Here is more:

 

Inspire 1 Million Young Women Into Tech

I would love to encourage more, young women to pursue a career in technology. To do this, I’ve written a book. Here is a bit about it:

She’s Building A Robot is a 43,000-word middle-grade novel aimed at girls and focused on technology.

AZ, the protagonist, is smart but has hidden her talents. She is pressured to enter a school robot building competition against the school’s rich boy. Her first robot goes wild leading her to a wonderful female mentor. She convinces a techy-girl and a quirky non-gender student to join her team. By working hard, solving puzzles and dealing with disasters like being hacked and a robot crash, they bring Ada to life.

The big finale is the three-day robot competition which includes rapping, solving riddles and a dangerous obstacle course. AZ is initially not confident leading or taking action but becomes tough and decisive in the end. Along the way, she builds friendships, character and skills for technology and leadership.

Any support or ideas for how we can provide more good role models for young girls around technology would be greatly appreciated.

You can read interviews with women in technology here

 

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