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The first book in a series introducing middle grade readers to the exciting world of STEAM.
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The STEAM Chasers will introduce Middle Grade readers to Shar, Terence, Ebony, Akiya, Marcus, and Chase as they go on an adventure learning about the contributions Black Americans have made to our everyday lives through STEAM. They will be introduced to more than a dozen Black American inventors who hold patents for everything from the folding chair to automatic elevator doors. In addition, our readers will learn all about the patent process and what it means to be an inventor. 

This book is the first in a series that will follow our characters through the discovery of what S.T.E.A.M. has to offer. 

The purpose of this series is two-fold. The first is to introduce all Middle Grade readers to the world of S.T.E.A.M. and provide a blue-print that even upper elementary and middle school students can begin to follow to find their place in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. The second is to introduce all students to contributions to all aspects of S.T.E.A.M. that have been made by Black Americans. This first book covers inventions that impact our everyday lives.

The STEAM Chasers Middle Grade Book Series. The first book in the series is "We Made That!" Illustration by CMD Studios.
The STEAM Chasers Middle Grade Book Series. The first book in the series is "We Made That!" Illustration by CMD Studios.

Meet Shar!

Shar is one of the bravest kids you will ever meet. Her quick wit and bold commentary help to keep her friends focused on the task at hand. Her love of chemistry is infectious, and she is always ready for an engaging experiment. Shar's love of chemistry extends to many other hobbies, including baking. Shar's little brother has a nut allergy, which has led her to become an expert in safe food substitutions and helped everyone to see how chemistry impacts our everyday lives. 

Shar from the STEAM Chasers.   Illustration by CMD Studios.
Shar from the STEAM Chasers. Illustration by CMD Studios.

Meet Terrence!

While Terrence is often the voice of reason for Marcus and Chase, he still knows how to have a great time. His love of the environment and animals often manifests in him being an all around kind and gentle soul. He is an expert in model building and mechanical design. Terrence is learning daily that dyslexia can be as much of an advantage as it is a challenge with reading and spelling. He demonstrates regularly that models and working prototypes are some of the best ways to make big ideas become a reality. 

Terrence from the STEAM Chasers.  Illustration by CMD Studios
Terrence from the STEAM Chasers. Illustration by CMD Studios

Meet Ebony!

When you don't find Ebony in deep contemplation, you can find her gazing at the stars. Ebony loves all things astronomy and astrophysics, with rockets thrown in for good measure. Ebony loves to explain how constellations, planets, and moons got their names from Greek and Roman mythology. She loves building rockets and launching them in open fields. Ebony also has a lot to teach about living in two worlds, or at least two homes, at the same time. Ebony's model for living is definitely when life gives you lemons, make rocket fuel!

Ebony from the STEAM Chasers. Illustration by CMD Studios.
Ebony from the STEAM Chasers. Illustration by CMD Studios.

Meet Akiya!

Sure, we can always use our phones to ask the built in AI a quick question, but who needs that when you have Akiya as a friend? Akiya is a walking encyclopedia due to being a prolific reader and deep thinker. Her knowledge isn't just about things or ideas, her passion for geography and understanding the world and people around her gives true heart to the information she passes on to others. Akiya also gets to show the world that triumph can come tragedy and that we don't have to be defined by our darkest hour. Akiya demonstrates regularly that the most beautiful sound in the world is a tween that learns to laugh again. 

Akiya from the STEAM Chasers. Illustration by CMD Studios.
Akiya from the STEAM Chasers. Illustration by CMD Studios.

Meet Marcus!

Marcus is one half of the dynamic cousin duo known by their friends and family as, "Lightning and Thunder". Marcus is called Lightning due to his quick wit, his ability to make an impact where ever he goes, and his ability to set up a practice joke and leave the scene before anyone notices. Of course, he can always capture the reaction of his friends to another fun trap he set up for them with his faithful drone. However, Marcus isn't all fun and games, he is also the youngest kid to ever receive a valid drone license - which gives him the privilege of flying his drone in almost all places. His dedication to emerging technology is so strong he has had a subscription to Scientific America since he first learned to read. He also finds that there can be downsides to being known as the "class clown", and getting people to take you seriously can be difficult when you just had them laughing so hard they spit milk out their nose. 

Marcus from the STEAM Chasers. Illustration by CMD Studios.
Marcus from the STEAM Chasers. Illustration by CMD Studios.

Meet Chase!

The "Thunder" side of the dynamic cousin duo, Chase loves all things computer science - from programming to app design. His friends appreciate his skills and take him up enthusiastically on his offers to bring their various ideas to life. Chase also loves playing basketball and trying to start new fashion trends - he is confident that ties with tee shirts will catch on one day! Chase has also faced challenges due to being a profoundly gifted kid. In fact, he was almost mislabeled as a trouble-maker until his parents found the right fit at the Global Academy, and Chase found a group of friends who also love to see just how far their passions can take them. Now the "Lightening and Thunder" can experiment and entertain while also learning exciting new things of their own. 

Chase from the STEAM Chasers. Illustration by CMD Studios.
Chase from the STEAM Chasers. Illustration by CMD Studios.

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Risks for this project are minimal. The book has already been written and is ready for editing. Cover art is complete. As you can see from my profile, I am a Kickstarter Super Backer - meaning I have backed a significant number of Kickstarter campaigns and have seen what makes people successful in fulfilling pledges on time. I have made sure to account for shipping costs and place order fulfillment in a time frame that is realistic for everyone. I know the importance of active communication and will be providing a minimum of weekly updates until all orders have been fulfilled to 100% satisfaction.

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    You will receive a copy of the STEAM Chasers: We Made That! book along with a STEAM Chasers backpack filled with surprise swag and STEAM related items to start you on your journey. You will also receive a Shout Out, digital book cover, and pdf version of the book.

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    Your pledge will provide 20 copies of the book to a classroom teacher of your choice. The teacher will also receive a teaching guide for incorporating the STEAM Chasers into their classroom and an opportunity for a Skype visit from the author. You will also receive a signed copy of the book and a STEAM Chasers backpack filled with swag and STEAM related items.

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    Support the Series!

    You will receive two copies (one signed - one to give away) of every book that is published in the STEAM Chasers series! You will also receive a STEAM Chasers backpack kit filled with swag and STEAM related items and be the first to receive swag for future books in the series. You will also receive some special STEAM Chasers "Thank You!" gifts for believing in this very important mission! In addition, you will also receive a special Shout Out on our website, a dedication in the E-book, a STEAM Chasers bookmark, and a pdf copy of the book.

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    Sponsor a Class of STEAM Chasers!

    A classroom of your choice will receive 20 copies of the STEAM Chasers: We Made That! book along with 20 STEAM Chasers backpacks filled with surprise swag and STEAM related items to start you on your journey. The classroom will also a Skype visit from the author. You, the backer, will receive a Shout Out, digital book cover, a signed copy of the book, and a pdf version of the book. You will also receive a custom thank you gift.

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    Your pledge will provide 100 copies of the STEAM Chasers: We Made That for the school of your choice. A customized Teacher's Guide will be created especially for teachers in the school and up to four teachers will have the opportunity for a Skype classroom visit with the author. You will also receive a signed copy of the book along with a special STEAM Chasers gift just for you!

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