Sparking Curiosity through STEM books
soap bubble will be pink,” said a little girl at the District Girls
Home as author of Why are bubbles round?, Sukanya Sinha, prepared to blow a bubble with pink dye
added to the soap solution.
in Pune, a group of boys said, “We can make this jar invisible now!”
They had just listened to author Varsha Joshi talk about her forthcoming
book The Invisibility Cloak.
up the book by Aparna Kapur. Actually, we were very quite happy that the
children were so full of questions, and not sitting quietly. You see,
we were on a mission to spark curiosity. And how better to do that than
to have children coming out with questions about everything under the
sun! Through March, we went to several schools across cities with our
authors, illustrators and storytellers to introduce our new STEM books.
had so many questions!” said Sudha Thilak, Tamil editor, who went with
storyteller Sathyanarayan, to Chudar Education Centre. She also went to other centres in Chennai with the help of Pratham and Teach for India fellows and shared many of our new books, including Maths at the Mela.
Srinivasan Krishnaswamy, assistant professor at IIT Guwahati, narrated the same story in Assamese, getting the students quite interested in the chemistry behind cake-making.
ditrict and met governnment school teachers who were thrilled to see the
STEM books. They happily read out from some books to the students.
Later, the girls learnt about got immersed in the books including, Telephones: From Bell to Cell.
closely linked to the sometimes tough world of having to learn abstract
concepts of maths and science today. Could colourful, fun books help
children to be ready to learn these concepts? We strongly believe so,
and so we’ve been creating cheerful books on STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics).
This year’s list of 25 STEM books was made possible through a Cisco grant. The set includes
picture books on sound, astronomy, driverless cars, kitchen science, and
many more themes. We are grateful to our authors, illustrators, translators for taking our books to children in different parts of the country.
More sessions to spark curiosity will follow, and we will keep you posted.