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Children's books that inspire curiosity with true stories of women scientists and also teach basics of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Children's books that inspire curiosity with true stories of women scientists and also teach basics of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
3,103 backers pledged $136,520 to help bring this project to life.

Week 1 - surpassed 750% funding and teaching with questions!!

Posted by John Coveyou (Genius Games) (Creator)
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Hello backers!

Yesterday was Ada Lovelace Day! "Science Wide Open" is our way of honoring the astounding contributions of women in STEM! Hopefully we can inspire some future scientists too.  

Chien Shung Wu, nuclear physicist, is featured in Women in Physics!

What a Fun Week 1!

Some exciting media mentions - 

One of our backers wrote us up on his blog - Frog Burps! Thanks, Patrick!  

The New York Observer also posted a raving review a couple days ago! 

Yesterday we surpassed 1,000 backers and today we topped 750% funding!

Let us know in the comments if you have any crazy or fun ways to continue spreading the word! We are always up for a little crazy :-)

Teaching with Questions?

A few people were curious to hear more details on we teach science basics in this series. I posted a (long... ha) comment in the Update section, but since the question was really good, I thought the answer was worth reiterating in an update. 

So, as we were deciding on a format for the books, we thought about how a kid instinctively learns. As many of you can attest, it's usually through their own curiosity. A kid will interact with the world around them, make conclusions about it and then usually ask a parent or trusted adult an endless string of "why?!" . This is exactly what we tried to tap into!

Our main character, a curious young girl, asks questions about the world around her, and an adult narrator answers her questions in simple, clear and hopefully memorable ways that are appropriate for young children. 

One of the goals of the books is to show that science truly does start with curiosity and asking questions about how the world works! Kids can be, and in many cases already are, little scientists right now! 

Here are some illustrated pages (still in progress!) with questions we ask in the books... 

Two questions from Women in Biology

And here is an example of an answer... (this question was "What is DNA?")

Please remember these are works in progress, and we are trying to post things like this as out Illustrator makes them available! Stay tuned for more!!!

Overflowing with appreciation,

John

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    1. John Coveyou (Genius Games) 12-time creator
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      @Christa Thanks! Yes, good thinking. So, in the back of each book we do include a colorful glossary with the science terms and definitions side by side! Maybe we will end up including the vocab and the definition throughout the book too though. Definitely something to consider.

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      Christa Wood on

      John,
      Fan of your work and goals! With the new book of science whys have you contemplated putting the vocabulary word with the definition? It will reinforce reading skills and word recognition.