STEM

How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk

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Back of Book:
All summer, Pearl has been trying to build the perfect sandcastle, but out-of-control Frisbees and mischievous puppies keep getting in the way! Pearl and her robot friend Pascal have one last chance, and this time, they’re going to use code to get the job done. Using fundamental computer coding concepts like sequences and loops, Pearl and Pascal are able to break down their sandcastle problem into small, manageable steps. If they can create working code, this could turn out to be the best beach day ever!
With renowned computer science nonprofit Girls Who Code, Josh Funk and Sara Palacios use humor, relatable situations, and bright artwork to introduce kids to the fun of coding.
My Review:
I was so excited to win a copy of this picture book from Here We Read I love sharing STEM ideas in my classroom and love the concepts that Josh introduces in this book. I love that he focuses on teaching readers to break problems down into smaller chunks and solving one thing at a time. The text also teaches readers several definitions of programming and coding. The illustrations are bright and full of color. Readers will love seeing the robot build the perfect sand castle. The back of the book has a list of terms and definitions. This book is a creative and a great addition to any STEM or programming unit.
Ages 5 and up

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