Emika Chen is running out of options. Orphaned, poor and out of work, she is about to be evicted from her apartment when she accidentally hacks into the opening ceremonies of Warcross. Warcross is a multi-million dollar business and millions are watching when she glitches into the game. Instead of getting in trouble she embarks on a journey she could not have ever dreamed of. It isn't long before her heart and her life are on the line.
I loved this. Nonstop action, a fantastic hacker female protagonist with a conscience, loved the Warcross game concept, and life or death decisions. Twists and turns keep the plot interesting and great visual details make it easy to envision this world. Recommended for ages 11 and up.
Can I just say how awesome DonorsChoose is? I know it has its detractors (Some projects ask for basic needs such as paper and notebooks and I agree these should be covered, but unfortunately are not.), but I love the idea of crowdfunding projects. This allows teachers or librarians, such as I to get items they would otherwise only dream of. From DonorsChoose I asked for games for the students to play in the library and it has been an overwhelming success. Students play chess, checkers and try their luck with the Rubik's Cube at lunch every day. Some students I rarely saw now come in every day. Some students come looking for chess to use in another class during the day when they have some down time. Overall, more space is used and the students are using their time more wisely. Thank you DonorsChoose and to all those who helped fund the project.
I am planning to write another project soon. This past December I worked with the Math Department to have every student try Hour of Code in the library. Since that time, I have had students come in to continue learning to codie every day in the library. I am amazed at the progress that some of the students who had never even heard of coding have made since then. Inspired by my students who are ready to take on more, I am going to write a project for coding materials including, LittleBits, Arduino, Raspberry Pi and a few Chromebooks. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this also gets funded.
Black Girls CODE Robotics Expo (11/21)
Black Girls CODE (BGC) is thrilled to offer an exciting workshop that's all about ROBOTS! Join BGC for a fun and educational experience where girls will learn about robots and how they communicate in an engaging atmosphere. The workshops will combine hands-on activities using Lego WeDo/NXT kits with live demonstrations from area robotics organizations where the girls will interact with sophisticated robots, and learn real-world/business applications and uses for robotics.
This class is intended for girls ages 7-17, and takes place on Saturday, November 21st from 10AM-5PM at Howard Middle School of Mathematics and Science. The registration fee is $35.00 and includes lunch (scholarships are available). Please contact email@example.com with any questions. Students Register HERE;Volunteers Register HERE; and limited scholarships are available by applying here.