About this project
When my (Greg) daughter was born, like many parents, my wife and I were concerned about what the world would look like when she grows up. Will there even BE jobs? We decided to take the responsibility upon ourselves to make sure she was prepared for any possible future.
“Science, technology, engineering, and math” — STEM. It’s all you hear about these days. But I soon became painfully aware of the shortage of STEM/STEAM role models and stories aimed specifically at young girls. So, I created my own characters and adventure stories for my daughter, and she loved them.
Pam and I wrote this book, STEAMTeam 5: The Beginning, based on these characters so that parents everywhere can inspire their children with great female role models who use STEAM in fun and exciting ways.
Our goal is to raise $29,000 to pay the illustrators we have recruited to create 70+ illustrations for this highly visual, 250-page book and to cover the cost of third-party editing and printing our first run of hardcover books.
STEAMTEAM 5: The Beginning is a children’s book ‒ an adventure story ‒ that tells the story of five amazing girls who use science, technology, engineering, art, and math to do amazing things.
This is the first volume in a series of five books that tells the story of how these curious, adventurous girls change the world.
The importance of design in engineering is uncontroversial, but there is a debate among educators as to whether art should be added to STEM education. In our books, Ariana plays an essential role in STEAMTeam 5's ensemble approach to problem solving. That said, in interviews, we use the terms interchangeably (STEM is more well-known) and we believe that educators should be empowered to tailor their approach as they see fit.
STEAMTeam 5 is more than just a book ‒ it's a movement to get girls excited about STEM/STEAM. Please join us and help spread the word. Here are just a few of our thousands of Facebook friends... all kids doing science!
Both of us are published authors of best-selling business books, and Greg has self-published over a dozen other, non-business books. We have experience with the schedules, processes, and the costs involved with publishing a book.
This is our first children's book, so we've made it a priority to conduct test readings involving parents, children, and teachers. We even tested the book with our own brutally honest children. ;)
We were excited to discover through testing that our audience is broader than we originally expected. The book has received very positive reviews from boys and girls ranging from age 6-13. And we haven't even added the color images yet!
We've set up the supply chain for STEAMTeam 5 to make it as cost effective as possible for you to receive your copy of the book.
United States (free shipping):
We will ship books to the U.S. using a process that takes about 30 days. Those books will then travel by truck to an Amazon fulfillment center (~5 days), from where they will be sent to backers in the US (5-10 days). We will offer free shipping to backers within the U.S.
Canada (US$5 shipping):
This process is exactly the same as the U.S.-bound shipment. We will offer US$5 shipping to backers within Canada.
European Union (US$5 shipping):
This process is exactly the same as the U.S.-bound shipment except that these EU-bound books go to Amazon.de in Germany for fulfillment. The total shipping and customs cost per unit is about $12, which we're subsidizing and only adding $5 to the the price of the book on Kickstarter. Rewards ship from within the EU, and the cost of shipping within the EU is US$5 per book.
Any country not in the EU and not the US (US$5 shipping):
It can be more expensive and take longer to ship individual packages to South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and non-EU Eastern Europe. So, we will be using Send From China to ship books airmail from our printer directly to backers in these countries. The shipping cost is $5 per book.
Music: Digital Moon by Adam Lathrum. Used with permission.
Risks and challenges
As written, this hard-bound book is over 250 pages and requires over 70 original full-color illustrations. While we have created some of these illustrations ourselves and sketches for the others, we are working with outsourced talent to create many of them.
Given Greg's background with graphic design, prepress, and publishing, we feel like we've done a good job of vetting the talent. Their work thus far has been solid. That said, using outsourced talent always poses a risk to deadlines, regardless of how well projects are scoped and scheduled.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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