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ANNIE EASLEY
In this fact-file find out why we turned Annie into a superhero.
Superhero Identity
Real-life Bio
Educational Resources
Superpower
Annie, a computer whizz-kid, lived with her family in Alabama, USA. When she was 14, high-ranking officials within the government were contracted to hunt her down. Using the computers at her parents home, Annie converted energy from batteries and other household objects to create a force field. The blast of energy that was created exploded her home. Annie survived but was left with the power to self-energise by absorbing and converting others' powers.
Annie can absorb and convert others' powers into energy.
Backstory
SUPERHERO IDENTITY
Annie features in our signature card game Top Quarkz. The gameplay supports development of maths, literacy and decision making skills all while learning about some of the most impressive scientific discoveries of our time and throughout history.

We've explained her drawing and playing card below so you can learn more about both her superhero and real life identity.
Top Quarkz
FEATURES IN
Location - You can find Annie fighting supervilians on Saturn. Why did we pick this location for Annie's card? The Cassini probe was sent to study the planet Saturn including its rings.
Discovery - Annie's work with the Centaur project helped lay the foundations for future work and contributed to the 1997 flight of the Cassini probe.
Weakness - Snow and Ice can stop Annie in her tracks, the cold makes it hard for her to convert energy.
Superpower - Absorbs Powers. We gave Alice this superpower as Alice's developed a technique to make the treatment for leprosy absorbable by the body limiting side effects.
Side-kick - All superheroes have a side-kick. Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into space, and in 1971, he walked on the Moon.
Each drawing we create has one or more hidden treasures about our superheroes' life experiences, depictions in art, jobs or discoveries. Did you find them all?
Top Quarkz Card Explained
Hidden Treasures
Dress
The dress Annie is wearing is a replica of the computer circuit board found on a famous photo of Annie Easley.
We have packed a lot into our cards - from amazing imagined superpowers to biographical information and hidden treasures.
Name: Annie J. Easley
Born: 1933
Died: 2011
Occupation: Computer Scientist
Nationality: American
REAL IDENTITY
Annie was an African-American computer scientist. She developed software for NASA. Her work contributed to the 1997 flight to Saturn of the Cassini probe.

Over her career she also helped to develop and implement computer code that analysed alternative power technologies and supported the Centaur high-energy upper rocket stage. Her work included studies to determine the life of storage batteries, such as those used in electric cars.
find out more about her in this great video by EnergyBio
"You're never too old (...) you can do anything you want to, but you have to work at it......"
Annie Easley

EDUCATION RESOURCES
Computer scientists design new software, solve computing problems and develop different ways to use technology.
What does a Computer Scientist do?
Video credit: McGraw-Hill PreK-12
Video credit: careersnz
Computer Scientists use logical thinking and problem-solving strategies when they are writing code. In this Code.org video, Bill Gates explains how computers work.
How do Steam Engines Work?
A great animation of Cassini's last chapter. After a 20-year mission it plunged itself into the Saturn's atmosphere.
Video credit: National Geographic
Cassini showed that Titan (one of Jupiters moons) is one of the most Earth-like planets.
Did you know?
Cassini made its final approach to Saturn and dove into the planet's atmosphere on 15 September 2017.

Cassini was launched on the 15 October 1997.

Cassini was shown us what the processes that may shaped our solar system was.
Want to Explore Saturn's Rings?
There's a lot more to Saturn's rings than just looking awesome! Find out why in this SciShow Kids video.
Video credit SciShow Kids

How many pictures did Cassini take?
The answer is a lot! Cassini orbited Saturn, studying Saturn and its icey moons in detail. Cassini captured around 450,000 images some of which you can see on NASA's website. Cassini showed us worlds ruled by raging storms with methane rivers.
Fun
Facts
Want to discover more? Why not read a book about Annie or dive into the world of our science superheroes
Annie features in our giant colouring poster: Top Quarkz
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Annie Easley - by M M Eboch & Elena Bia
Annie features in our colouring book: Newton's Rainbow
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