Twizzler Code Necklace featuring Grace Hopper

Quick. Name another female scientist…. Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark is a beautifully illustrated book of an amazing role model for our girls.  The story takes us through Grace’s childhood which is probably similar to our girls. She was curious, creative, adventurous, and loved to doodle! She had a fascination with math and became a trailblazing computer scientist.

But of all her amazing traits, my favorite one is grit.

“Grit is working really hard to make a future a reality and living life like a marathon and not a sprint” – Angela Lee Duckworth

Did Grace always make all A’s? No. She failed Latin but she worked hard and passed.

Did all of her computer programs work? No. But she found the very first computer bug, a moth!

Did life always go her way? Of course not! She was forced to retire from the Navy saying she was too old to serve.

But that didn’t stop her and that is why Grace Hopper is this month’s featured scientist. Her life story wasn’t about getting everything the easy way but instead how she responded to the challenges of life. You can find this great book here. You can find more female scientists on She Loves Science here.

So to celebrate the Queen of Code, and learn a little computer code yourself, you can make these tasty Twizzler Necklaces!

What you need: Rainbow Twizzler Twists and jelly cord. (Not only are they fun colors but I found that Rainbow Twizzlers are easier to string on a necklace than regular Twizzlers.)

How to do it:

  • Use this key ASCII binary code to decipher the letters of the alphabet

  • Decide what secret word you want to put on your necklace (we chose the word ‘LOVE’ which is fourteen 1’s and thirteen 0’s)
  • Cut two colors of Twizzlers to 1-1/2″ sections  ( You’ll get about 7 sections per rope)
  • String the last letter on first and tie a knot
  • Continue stringing the binary code for each letter with a knot in between letters
  • Tie a bow to connect the ends of the necklace together

What’s the science?

Here is a fun video of why computers use a binary system of 1’s and 0’s to represent numbers and letters. This was a great hands on way to learn coding while making super fun gifts for friends! What kid doesn’t like a decoding challenge? (Actually the real challenge is to not eat it before you decipher the code!)

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Rock Painting featuring Gutsy Girl Dr. Jennifer Wiseman

This female scientists is featured in one of my favorites book series, Gutsy Girls by Amy Sullivan. I just love how the book makes Dr. Jennifer Wiseman so relatable to our girls who may also love rocks, exploring outdoors, animals, and outer space.

Jennifer went on to pursue her love of science by discovering a comet and teaching children how awesome our God is by studying the wonders of His universe. The best part is she shows us that it’s okay to love science AND God! What a great role model for our girls!

I highly recommend this Gutsy Girls book for your science loving girl’s library. You can buy it here.

The book illustrations are amazing – so much that it inspired our rock painting craft! Check out our favorite page featuring a beautiful picture of outerspace. I just love how Allie is soaking up this picture. 

 

 What you need: rocks, black acrylic paint, Gelly Roll pens found here

 How you do it:

  • Clean and dry the rocks
  • Paint with acrylic black paint and let it dry
  • Use pens to create the art that inspires you!

Whats the science:

One of the five natural sciences is earth science. Exploring and finding rocks are such a great way to explore our earth and ask questions about how the rocks were made, what they are made of, and how they got their shape. My daughter likes nothing more than to smash rocks (with eye protection) to see what it looks like inside. No doubt she’s looking for crystals or geodes!

Enjoy learning about this female scientist and doing a sweet rock painting craft with your gutsy girl!

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Make 3D art featuring Dr. Temple Grandin

Quick. Name a female scientist!

How did you do? A few weeks ago I was posed this question and I thought to myself, “You know, She Loves Science should be helping you to answer that question.”  Then I decided what better way for our kids to learn about female scientists than by reading amazing books about them and doing a fun craft afterward.

Our first female scientist I want to introduce you to is… Dr. Temple Grandin

This book introduces children to a very special scientist named Temple Grandin. It tells her story in a rhyme discussing how she was a unique girl, spoke very little, and processed information through pictures. She was later diagnosed with autism. Her life began to change when she went to her aunt’s farm and observed farm animals. She could relate to these animals in ways other people could not. She also found a very special mentor at school. Temple ended up earning her doctorate degree, giving public speeches, and became a famous advocate for animal science.

The amazing lesson from the book? Learning and thinking differently from others will set you apart and might just change the world.  You can find the book here.

Making a 3D picture about Temple Grandin:

After we read this book I asked my 7 year old what would be a good craft to go along with it. She said she wanted to make a 3D picture. I thought it was a great idea since it IS about a girl who thought in pictures. And a bonus is that 3D crafts, like origami, can help strengthen her spatial skills – a skill vital in being successful in a STEM career. You can read my post here on creatively growing spatial skills.

What you need:  Color construction paper, 8.5″X 11″ white card stock, crayons, permanent marker, scissors, and tape

What you do:

  • Fold the white card stock in half
  • Mark dotted lines for your stands. For this card I chose 5 stands
  • Cut along the dotted lines
  • Open the card stock, push the stands out, and crease them to make stands for the images

  • Draw and color Temple Grandin’s face and “thought” lines

  • Fold in a pieces of construction paper in half and tape it to the white cardstock
  • Make shapes, color, cut out, and tape to the stands to make it 3D

What’s the science: Strong spatial skills are so important for kids interested in science and engineering careers.  Imagine how architects need to visualize a building to design, surgeons need to visualize operating around overlapping organs, and engineers need to visualize a solution to an unseen problem.

Temple Grandin was an advocate for cows. My daughter loves everything about lambs. Perhaps someday she will be inspired by this girl who pursued science – Temple Grandin!

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher to give my honest review and feedback.

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