On 24th February, Bhavana Vyas Vipparthi took us to new worlds as she narrated the stories of Gul in Space, Panipuri Inside a Spaceship and Ammachi’s Amazing Machines.
For many children, especially in India, the thought of picking up a science or maths book inspires terror. There’s no fun in a system that promotes rote learning over curiosity and understanding. Fortunately, things are changing. Books that explain STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) concepts in an interesting and engaging way are finding space on children’s bookshelves and in school libraries and inspiring kids to embrace the subjects instead of running away from them.
On this episode of The Intersection, Padma speaks to the folks at Pratham Books–an organization that publishes titles on things from friction, bio-luminescence and evolution to subtraction, spiders and blue whales–about the importance of introducing children to these concepts at an early age and making science and maths more fun for them.
- Look Out for These STEM Titles in 2018! – by Yamini Vijayan
- Stupendous Spiders – by Vena Kapoor
- The Magic of Technology – by Vidhya Pradhan
Bengaluru based Pratham Books has been actively involved in piquing children’s interest in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – subjects.
“Over the last three years, we have created over 400 STEM books to address the lack of such books available in India for young readers. We have received long-term support from Oracle to develop these STEM books,” says Suzanne.
The topics of the books range from introducing children to fascinating marine creatures to demystifying math concepts, making physics more relatable to exploring incredible topics such as animals in space, virtual reality, and women in science.