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613 Ahwahnee Court
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
United States

Events/School Visits

From a teacher in Lafayette, CA: "AFTER DEBORAH'S TALK, 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."

From a teacher in Lafayette, CA: "AFTER DEBORAH'S TALK, 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."

The kids were completely enthralled.”

”Deborah had a fantastic visit. Her enthusiasm was infectious. Passing around actual 3D printed versions of Beauty’s beak to show along with the story helped students understand the technology innovations involved with helping Beauty survive. Students were captivated by the subject and story and given that our students have been exposed to, and participated in, 3D printing, they were ecstatic to learn the wonderful applications of this modern day technology.

My books cover many topics, nonfiction and fiction. I can speak about: 
BEAUTY AND THE BEAK, about the bald eagle who received a 3D-printed prosthetic beak, and my other animal books like JIMMY THE JOEY about a baby koala's rescue, and INTO THE A, B, SEA: AN OCEAN ALPHABET
—STEM, 3D printing, and the connection between science, technology, engineering and literacy (including NGSS)
—Environmental conservation/bald eagles/koalas/ocean science/wildlife rescue/animal adaptations
—From brainstorm to book: 
ideas/research/strong words/rhyme and rhythm/collaboration/the work of a writer/perspective
—My funny school stories like THE FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN and THE SPELLING BEE BEFORE RECESS
CHARLOTTE'S WEB and the power of words

My presentations are fun, content-rich, interactive—everyone gets to ask lots of questions—and highly engaging for both children and adults. I always bring 3D-printed, life-size replicas of Beauty's beak. I tailor every presentation to your school, grade/s or organization. My honorarium is based on audience size and presentation length. Book purchases and discounts can be arranged. I speak at conferences, schools, libraries and events coast to coast, for all ages and grades. E-mail me via the contact form and let me know what kind of program you would like!

I have presented about BEAUTY AND THE BEAK at the National Science Teachers Association, New England Library Association, California School Library Association, and Mt. Diablo Audubon Chapter
School and Library Author Visits
Contra Costa School of Performing Arts, Walnut Creek,CA/Glenallan Elementary, Silver Spring, MD/Charles H. Bullock Elementary School, Montclair, NJ/Buzz Aldrin Middle School, Montclair, NJ/Steward Elementary School, Topsfield, MA/Winthrop Elementary School, South Hamilton, MA/Riverside Elementary School, Danvers, MA/Hamilton-Wenham Library, South Hamilton, MA/Holten-Richmond Middle School, Danvers, MA/Lane Elementary School, Bedford, MA/Roger Rowe Elementary School, Rancho Santa Fe, CA/Lafayette Elementary School, Lafayette, CA/Robert Down School, Pacific Grove,  CA/Carmel River School, CA/Ygnacio Valley Library, Walnut Creek, CA/St. Perpetua School, Lafayette, CA/Dorris-Eaton School, San Ramon, CA/Walnut Creek Library, Walnut Creek, CA/Contra Costa Jewish Day School, Lafayette, CA/Alexandria Country Day School, Alexandria, VA/Marshall Road Elementary School, Vienna, VA/Walnut Heights Elementary, Walnut Creek, CA/Parkmead Elementary, Walnut Creek, CA

My BEAUTY coauthor, Jane Veltkamp, does author visits and live raptor programs in Idaho and nearby states.