Episode 142: How Did Computers Evolve?

Meet the Expert:  Rachel Ignotofsky, New York Times Best Selling nonfiction author and illustrator


RAchel Ignotofsky

Rachel Ignotofsky  grew up in New Jersey on a healthy diet of Star Trek and pudding and graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2011 with a BFA in Graphic Design. Rachel’s career as a scientific communicator started by nurturing her own curiosity. Out of college, she created art and infographics about topics she found interesting and important- with a focus in science literacy. She had many friends starting their careers in teaching, and Rachel wanted to create resources to help them with their lessons. Soon Rachel’s online store was selling her posters to schools, labs and science enthusiasts across the country and her work was scooped up to be featured on the likes of Scientific American, Fast Company, PRI and PBS. Rachel’s art has been embraced by the science community and she has spoken at and partnered with institutions like NASA, The Salk Institute, The San Diego Natural History Museum, The Chicago Field Museum, The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and many more!

Since then, Rachel has continued to use her background in graphic design and her skills as a storyteller to make dense information fun and accessible. Her work is published in over 24 different languages and enjoyed by readers all over the world! This book is the first of its kind — a fully illustrated book that spans over 25,000 years of human history and tells the story of our evolving relationship with technology. Rachel sees all of her books as a love note to educators, and is thrilled to see them used in classrooms.

Rachel has not stopped there. At her seaside home studio, sitting in her big red chair, she is working on several new books right now! She can’t wait to share them all with you! https://rachelignotofskydesign.com/




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The History of the Computer by Rachel Ignotofsky

Highlighted book for this episode! 

The History of the Computer: People, Inventions, and Technology that Changed Our World 
by Rachel Ignotofsky








Book List: 

The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay

How Does the Internet Work? by Jennifer Swanson (Author), Glen Mullaly (Illustrator)

Coding Concepts for Kids: Learn to Code Without a Computer by Randy Lynn

Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide
by Workman Publishing (Author), Grant Smith (Contributor)

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