Wild Dingo Press have created three great books as part of a new series called Aussie STEM stars. The three first scientists in these books are Fiona Wood, Munjed Al Muderis and Georgia Ward Fear. Each book has also been written by a different Australian author.
These books are an excellent addition to the literacy classroom and many gifted students will devour these books – not only because they are reading about scientists, they are reading about people who have had to show grit and determination to get where they are today.
With simple illustrations scattered throughout these book (maps & diagrams) alongside short facts or word definitions, this book is a great read for those aged 8-12.
There are some concise teacher notes on Aussie STEM stars Website
Aussie STEM Stars is a fresh and unique series for children and young teens aged 10-13 years that focuses on our Australian STEM heroes. Each book is written by an award-winning children’s author and follows the real-life stories of Australia’s top scientists and inventors, chosen on the basis of their pioneering work. Themes explored in the series include childhood, school, family and formative experiences, what inspired them to pursue their chosen path, how they persevered in the face of challenges and what they have contributed to science in Australia.
Reason for studying this book
Wild Dingo Press publisher Catherine Lewis is excited about their publication. “These disciplines are more important than ever as we look to our inventors and innovators to solve contemporary problems facing humanity and the planet. Our Aussie STEM Stars series uses narrative non-fiction as a tool for educating children – making it as fun and interesting as fiction books in this market. Our writers are passionate about doing justice to their chosen subjects – and their lives – providing teachers, parents and librarians a wonderful series aimed at encouraging children to develop an interest in STEM at a young age.”