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Pascack Robotics Team Publishes First Children's Book

Shannon Stemper, Andie Bigos, Carlie Rein, Kayla Vincent, Nicole Mofrad, Andrew Favorito, Alexandra Capodicasa, Sara Takubo and Marianna Maltsev display their children's book "Lily the Learner"
Shannon Stemper, Andie Bigos, Carlie Rein, Kayla Vincent, Nicole Mofrad, Andrew Favorito, Alexandra Capodicasa, Sara Takubo and Marianna Maltsev display their children's book "Lily the Learner" Photo Credit: Contributed
"Lily's Helping Hand" is the second book of the trilogy created by a Pascack student robotics team. The first, "Lily the Learner," is now commercially available.
"Lily's Helping Hand" is the second book of the trilogy created by a Pascack student robotics team. The first, "Lily the Learner," is now commercially available. Photo Credit: contributed

PASCACK, N.J. -- The Pascack Pi-oneers FIRST Robotics Team 1676 has published its first children's book, "Lily the Learner," as an e-book on Kindle, as a paperback and through the Google Play Store.

"Lily the Learner" was conceived and written in 2013 by team members Jenna Malley and Sami Livingstone. Sam Pincus originally illustrated it, and Nicholas Metz updated it. It's about an elementary-school girl who learns about STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, arts and math -- careers at her school's Career Day.

The book will be published as a trilogy later this year, and will include "Lily's Helping Hand" and "Lily the Pi-oneer." The books follow Lily as she goes to middle school, where she learns about volunteering, and to high school, where she joins a FIRST Robotics team and learns about engineering.

FIRST is short for "For Inspiration and Recognition for Science and Technology."

"Lily the Learner" has been translated into nine languages, which will all be available for sale. It's currently available in Chinese, Greek and Russian, in Kindle format, with weekly releases of other languages planned. The trilogy will also be published as an ESL resource, with the first version being in English/Spanish.

The Kindle version is $3.14, the hard copy is $9.76 on Amazon and it's $6.76 through the Google Play Store.

The Pascack Pi-oneers are from the Pascack Valley Regional High School District and attend Pascack Valley High School and Pascack Hills High School. This year is the 12th year the team has participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST is a worldwide organization founded by Dean Kamen, to promote STEAM among the younger folks, "to inspire the world’s next thinkers, doers and achievers."

To learn more about the robotics teams, visit the Pascack Pi-oneers website, here, or FIRST Robotics' site, here.

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