For all the DIY robotics and STEM kits out there designed to get kids interested in science, there’s nothing quite like having a famous inventor or scientist to inspire and motivate them. And since Beaker from the Muppets and/or Blossom probably doesn’t count (although she technically is a neuroscientist), there’s Science Wide Open.
From the folks behind the My First Science Textbook: Protons & Neutrons, Electrons and Atoms series, SWO is a collection of illustrated kids books designed to share the “mind-blowing (but oft-overlooked/obscured) scientific advancements made by women;” teach the basic principles of physics, biology, and chemistry in a way kids can easily digest; and help you dominate the “Women in Science” category on Jeopardy.
There are currently 3 titles in the series — Women in Chemistry, Women in Biology, and Women in Physics — and each follows the same lead character, a bespectacled young girl with an inquisitive mind, as she explores the life and achievements of 4-to-5 scientists through different periods of history while asking/answering questions like: “What is an Atom?” and “Why do things fall down?” (HINT: the answer is not because they drank too much.)
In addition to Marie Curie, some of the famous women highlighted include Emily du Chatelet (author of Foundations Of Physics), Barbara McClintock (an American geneticist who won the Nobel Prize), and Jane Cook Wright, whose cancer research led to significant advancements in chemotherapy. There’s also a glossary in the back to make sure nobody gets stumped on science words. SWO absolutely crushed their Kickstarter, so while the books won’t ship until spring, you can pre-order yours today.