Cover image for Ara, the star engineer / by Komal Singh and other thinkers and tinkerers at Google ; [illustrations by Ipek Konak].
Ara, the star engineer / by Komal Singh and other thinkers and tinkerers at Google ; [illustrations by Ipek Konak].
Publication Information:
[Vancouver, Canada] : Page Two Books, [2018]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes biographies of four women engineers of Google.
Ara loves big numbers -- BIG numbers. She wants to program her droid DeeDee to count all the stars, but she's not sure how. In this upbeat adventure, Ara visits Innovation Plex to enlist the help of four tech trailblazers -- inspiring real-life engineers of Google. With her new friends, Ara discovers an algorithm for success that can solve BIG problems and be lots of fun: courage, creativity, code, and collaboration.
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This is a STEM book and more! An inspiring, inclusive, whimsical way to learn about computers and technology from real-life trailblazers. Ara is a young girl who loves BIG numbers. She wants to count all the stars in the sky... but how? This is an upbeat adventure of Ara and her sidekick droid, DeeDee ("Beep!"). They use smarts and grit to solve a BIG problem and discover an amazing algorithm! A quest that takes them through a whirlwind of intriguing locations at Innovation Plex - Data Centre, Ideas Lab, Coding Pods, and X-Space. Along the way, they encounter real-life women tech trailblazers of diverse backgrounds, including a Tenacious Troubleshooter, an Intrepid Innovator, a Code Commander, and a Prolific Problem Solver. They tinker-and-tailor, build-and-fail, launch-and-iterate, and in the end discover an amazing algorithm of success - coding, courage, creativity, and collaboration ("Beeeeep!").Read the book, download hands-on activities, follow further learning resources. Experience the story in immersive ways never done before... coming soon!'"If she can see it, she can be it.' With this story, girls can see leaders and be inspired to become one. A book for all ages and genders!" GEENA DAVIS, FOUNDER AND CHAIR, GEENA DAVIS INSTITUTE ON GENDER IN MEDIA

Author Notes

Komal Singh is a techie by day and a storyteller mom by night - one who loves coding and cupcakes, data crunching and day dreaming, pottery making and program planning. She was inspired to write this book when a hypothesis put forth by her 4-year old daughter stunned her: 'Engineers are Boys'. Singh is passionate about using technology as an enabler and an equalizer for all. She takes part in kids' coding clubs, sits on hackathon judge panels, and volunteers with nonprofits on technology development. Komal grew up in India and studied Computer Science at Delhi University and later moved to Canada to complete her Masters' degree in C.S from Simon Fraser University. She has worked as a software engineer with tech consulting firms and is currently an Engineering Program Manager at Google. Komal lives in Waterloo, Canada, with her husband and two little kids.