Now Available in Print!
Matilda Rescues the Robot is now available in print! I’m so excited! You can get it through Amazon, and I’m working on making it available through other outlets.
And now back to our regularly scheduled Welcome Page . . .
Welcome! Here you’ll find extra activities and info related to my book, Matilda Rescues the Robot, as well as some general resources about robotics for kids. This website is a work in progress, there will be more soon.
Matilda Rescues the Robot is about a smart, tech-savvy girl and Zayna, the excitable caregiver robot she and her cousin meet in the park. In addition to the new print edition, it’s available for the iPad, Kindle and Nook.
I’ve been involved with kids and robots since 1994 when I co-founded KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (KIPR), a nonprofit organization that gives kids the opportunity to experiment and be creative with technology. (Because how can you know if you like something if you’ve never gotten to actually play around and be creative with it yourself?)
I want people from different backgrounds and perspectives to get a chance to design the technology of our world. I could go on a long rant about why this is critical, but will save that for elsewhere.
Kids who participate in KIPR’s Botball Robotics program work as a team to design, program, build, document, test, rip apart, rebuild, reprogram, retest and run a pair of original robots in a tournament. But mostly they have fun and learn to work together as a team. Teachers get a hands-on workshop, and schools get to keep all the reusable equipment. Can’t help talking about it, I love it.
Matilda Rescues the Robot is the first of several children’s books I’ve written and it’s been a fun (but challenging) adventure learning to be creative with new technologies and exploring the various paths to publication. Still learning, lots more to go.