Asian Scientist Junior
What comes to mind when you think about the word "scientist"? Odds are, you've imagined a man in a white lab coat, with messy hair and a deranged look in his eyes.
As scientists ourselves, we want to challenge that stereotype. We believe that science is for everyone, not least the 60 percent of the global population that lives in Asia.
Science and technology are transforming our world, and young people—the very ones with the biggest stake in the future—need to see role models that they can relate to and inspire them to pursue careers in STEM.
Here at Wildtype Books we want to tell stories that can make an impact. Over the last 12 months, we've poured our heart and soul into creating Asian Scientist Junior, a beautifully illustrated book series that introduces children to six noteworthy scientists from Asia.
Each book dives into the life of an extraordinary individual—from a pioneer of India's satellite program to the scientist who discovered a cure for malaria. We hope that these stories of courage and conviction will inspire all children, wherever they grow up, to dream of a better tomorrow.
We need your help
The stories have been written and the illustrations are ready. But without your help, we will not be able to go to print and the books will not reach a single child. Fund us on Kickstarter today to help these books come to life!
Come join us on our quest to awaken each child's inner scientist and possibly inspire Asia's next Nobel Laureate!
1. Asian Scientist Junior: Tu Youyou
When Tu Youyou was sixteen, she nearly died after falling ill with tuberculosis. Youyou resolved to study medicine to help others who were sick. She later discovered a new medicine to treat malaria, which saved millions of lives and won her the Nobel Prize! Youyou’s story will inspire young budding scientists everywhere, and show how hard work and determination can lead to amazing scientific breakthroughs.
2. Asian Scientist Junior: Shinya Yamanaka
As a young surgeon, Shinya realized that there were many diseases that even talented surgeons and doctors cannot cure. To help scientists study diseases more easily, Shinya found a simple way to create stem cells from skin cells in the laboratory. Not only did his incredible discovery win him the Nobel Prize, it has also brought hope to millions of patients and their families around the world.
3. Asian Scientist Junior: Chou Loke Ming
Coral reefs are home to so many different kinds of sea creatures that they are known as the rainforests of the seas. Sadly, coral reefs all around the world are dying, but Chou Loke Ming is on a mission to help them recover. Loke Ming went from being a village boy to a coral doctor, and is saving the world one coral at a time.
4. Asian Scientist Junior: Kōsuke Morita
The elements of the periodic table make up everything in the universe. New elements are very hard to discover. But like a lion on the prowl, Kōsuke Morita hunted down element 113, the first element ever discovered by researchers from Asia. Don’t you want to know how he did it—and what he named it?
5. Asian Scientist Junior: Udupi Rao
As a child, Udupi Rao would dream about outer space, where the stars and planets live. When Udupi grew up, he learnt how to build machines called satellites that can be sent into outer space aboard a rocket. With hard work and determination, he succeeded in launching India’s first satellite, the Aryabhata! Udupi’s story shows that the sky is the limit if you have big dreams and chase them with all your heart.
6. Asian Scientist Junior: Chang Meemann
As a child, Chang Meemann was curious about animals and plants in nature. She decided to become a paleontologist— someone who learns about dinosaurs and ancient fish by studying their remains, known as fossils. With her keen research skills, she became the first woman director of an important research center in China studying fossils. Meemann’s story demonstrates how passion, nurtured from a young age, can drive scientific excellence.
[13 August 2018 Update]
Here's a sneak peak into what we've been building up the past few days! We've assembled six custom-built LEGO minifigures representing each of our inspiring scientists! Want them? Get the royal treatment now! (Limited sets available)
[18 August 2018 Update]
[20 August 2018 Update]
This is how legends are made.
If you're like us and you love LEGO figurines, we've got a treat for you! We're bringing in an exciting new range of custom-designed LEGO BrickHeadz representing each of our six scientists. Get the Legendary pack now!
Check out our Chou Loke Ming BrickHeadz!
August 2018 — Campaign launch
September 2018 — Production stage
Early October 2018 — Book launch
Risks and challenges
We are almost there!
The trickiest part of the project is mostly done; the stories are completed and fully illustrated. Our plan is to move into the production stage as soon as we have the necessary funds.
While this may be our first time on Kickstarter, this is not our first book. Our team of PhD-level editors has over 15 years of collective experience in handling publishing projects. To further reduce the risks involved, we have selected a reputable and reliable printing company.
Timing is everything. With your support, we are confident that we will be able to deliver the books to you by October 2018—well in time for the festive holidays!
There may be logistical issues with getting bulk orders delivered overseas, but we are located in one of the most well-connected cities in the world and will find a way to reach you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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