Beauty and the Beak
Photo by Glen Hush (c) Jane Veltkamp
- Eureka! Gold Award for Nonfiction, California Reading Association
- AAAS/Subaru Excellence in Science Books Award Finalist, American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Junior Library Guild Selection
- California Reads Title, California Teachers Association
- Connects with STEM, E-STEM, STEAM, STREAM, language arts, social studies and more
FROM A teacher: "After Deborah's talk about Beauty and the Beak, we brain-stormed how 3D printers could be used to create prosthetics for different animals to help with survival after birth defects, injury, etc. The kids worked in groups to design an animal prosthetic on paper and determined what it would look like, how it would work and how it would be attached to the animal. Then they used TinkerCad to design the prosthetic on a plane so they could tweak their design along the way, and finally they printed! I was blown away by the complexity of their designs."
Deborah's talks are inspiring, content-rich, and fun!
—BEAUTY AND THE BEAK: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle [NEW]
—Bald eagle conservation
—animal and human prosthetics
—science, environment and story
—a writer's work, from ideas to the power of words
Contact Deborah via the form on this website.
Life size, 3D-printed replicas of Beauty the bald eagle's prosthetic beak—and information to access the STL file for 3D-printing a beak—are available from Jane Veltkamp, BEAUTY AND THE BEAK coauthor at wwww.birdsofpreynorthwest.org.
Museum of Science, Boston has hands-on STEM activities to make and test models of Beauty's beak in their free Engineering is Elementary curriculum and has included Beauty and her beak in their August 2017 public program "Afternoon Report."
Beauty's story is featured on the National Academy of Engineering EngineerGirl website, and as a resource of the North American Association for Environmental Education and National Wildlife Federation Eco Schools' Green STEM.
Beauty's beak surgery was covered by media worldwide, and Beauty and Janie were filmed for Nat Geo WILD TV's Unlikely Animal Friends program, which aired in 130 countries.
2017 is the 50th anniversary of bald eagles being named an endangered species and 10th anniversary of them being removed from the Endangered and Threatened Species list. It's the 235th anniversary of the bald eagle as a national symbol on the Great Seal of the U.S..
Deborah spoke about BEAUTY AND THE BEAK at the National Science Teachers Association conference, with NSTA past president Dr. Karen Ostlund, who says: "Not only does this book tell the poignant story of human compassion and ingenuity, but it is an inspiration for promoting the value of STEM education. The story of Beauty and the beak is sure to touch the hearts and minds of everyone! "
Lori Oczkus, national literacy expert and author, says: “Our classrooms desperately need powerful true stories like Beauty and the Beak to inspire students to read informational text and to learn to care for our world one creature at a time! Beauty and the Beak provides many opportunities for students to think critically and discuss important issues surrounding the environment. Students naturally gravitate to reading books about animal rescues and learning how human carelessness often endangers wildlife. Beauty and the Beak presents exciting ways students can learn about and help endangered species.”
COMMON CORE STANDARDS/English Language Arts Standards
Grade 3 – Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by words in a story. Grade 4 – Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Grade 5 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as used in a text, including metaphors and similes.
Grade 3 – Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
Grade 4 – Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text. Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
Grade 5 - Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text. Explain how an author uses reasons
and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s). Grade 6 – Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text
(e.g., through examples or anecdotes). Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Grade 3 – Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
Grade 4 – Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Grade 5 – Conduct short research projects using several sources to build knowledge by investigating different aspects of a topic. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Grade 6 – Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
CALIFORNIA SCIENCE STANDARDS - LIFE SCIENCE GRADE 3
Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance for survival. Students know plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in growth, survival and reproduction.
CALIFORNIA SOCIAL SCIENCE STANDARDS - GRADE 3
Know the histories of important local and national landmarks, symbols, and essential documents that create a sense of community among citizens and exemplify cherished ideals (e.g., the U.S. flag, the Bald Bagle).
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)
CROSSCUTTING CONCEPTS: Influence of Science, Engineering and Technology on Society and the Natural World
People’s needs and wants change over time, as do their demands for new and improved technologies. Engineers improve existing technologies or develop new ones to increase their benefits, decrease known risks, and meet societal demands.
DISCIPLINARY CORE IDEAS: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
Possible solutions to a problem are limited by available materials and resources (constraints). The success of a designed solution is determined by considering the desired features of a solution (criteria). Different proposals for solutions can be compared on the basis of how well each one meets the specified criteria for success or how well each takes the constraints into account.
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PRACTICES: Engineering Design
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.