Most of us swoon at the mention of picture books The Dot or Ish, making Peter H. Reynolds a household name among those of us who love children’s books. But did you know his twin brother, Paul Reynolds? Together, they are the co-founders of Fablevision and they also write books together.
For any child who doubts the artist inside, read them The Dot, and its sequel Ish. And if you want to see authors and illustrators create their own dot, check out Celibri-Dots.
The Dotby Peter H. Reynolds
Finding the artist within can be as simple as making a dot; even when made in anger! How to turn the agony of a blank sheet of paper into an piece of art! This book is dedicated to Peter H. Reynolds’ math teacher who dared him to make his mark … more on that below. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
This companion book to The Dot takes the idea of a frustrated almost-artist a step farther. Sometimes art is in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps hyper-realistic renderings are overrated? Reynolds tries to dissuade the idea that art is not necessarily limited to technical drawing skills. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
PickyKidPix joined her brother at computer camp this summer. This was her first introduction to the computer camp that he has been going to for the past three years. They picked 3D Printing this year which struck me as the perfect partnership of ART in STEM or STEAM.
PickyKidPix, now 14 years old, would be the first to tell you that she doesn’t think of herself as arty (more crafty), nor computer science oriented although she does like math and science. She called this camp nerd camp and we wondered how she would fare since she wasn’t able to get any of her friends to join her.
It turns out that she does have an interest in Industrial Design. All her designs were practical applications of 3D printing. She made dog tags for her dog because she has long complained that the current dog tag is inadequate. She attempted to design retainer cases which took the 3D printer 7 hours to print (each), and were all failures.
This STEM project teaches kids about circuits and electricity. Because there are tiny parts, I recommend it for ages 10 and older. This coincides nicely with 5th grade Core Curriculum circuits as well.
There are a few hurdles for doing this project. To make it easier for my readers to do this science project, I’m giving away some kits of the harder to procure parts. See the Rafflecopter below to win.
This Paper Circuit STEM project is also in Make: Start Making! A Guide to Engaging Young People in Maker Activities by Danielle Martin and Alisha Panjwani. I’m also giving away a copy of this book. To win this book, please leave a comment.
Step 1: The Materials
Some of the materials you’ll probably have around the house: clear tape, scissors, paper/card stock/construction paper (card stock is best), and binder clip (nice to have but not necessary).
Two of my kids are taking a 3D printing class this summer through Id Tech camp. My daughter’s orthodontist does not recommend making your own Invisalign as there might be issues with jaw alignment that requires more than moving your teeth.
I remember how much I struggled in physics. It never really made sense to me. I didn’t want my kids to have this same experience so I thought I’d expose them earlier so that they would have a more intuitive feel for Newton’s Laws of Motion, the foundation of physics.
To make physics fun and relatable, I thought I’d use soccer to illustrate Newton’s three laws of motion. My son demonstrates here and there’s another animated cartoon below on Newtonian physics in space.
How about you? Do your kids gravitate towards the sciences?
PickyKidPix broke her full length mirror, not once but twice. I hope that’s not 14 years of bad luck. She hated the replacement mirror that my husband installed and wanted to replace it, yet again, herself.
This mirror drama got my son thinking and asking about how mirrors work. I was hoping that he could build his own mirror as a science experiment, but it turns out that mirrors are quite complicated to make.
Here’s how mirrors work:
When photons — rays of light — coming from an object (your smiling face, for example) strike the smooth surface of a mirror, they bounce back at the same angle. Your eyes see these reflected photons as a mirror image. from WonderopolisRead more…
“STEM Education Is the Key to the U.S.’s Economic Future” is what you read about all the time. U.S. News and World Report says:
We need to encourage more students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math.
And what about girls and STEM? President Barack Obama has something to say about that (as a father of two girls, he carries some weight!):
“One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.”
I was talking to my business school roommate, Marc Parrish, the other day and he told me about his girlfriend’s son’s 5th grade science project (which seemed too advanced for most parents, let alone kids!). I blogged about my son’s 5th grade Cloud Science Poster so I was blown away that the elementary schools in Silicon Valley assign kids to construct a Rube Goldberg machine as homework.
Hi! I'm Mia Wenjen. I blog excessively about children's books. I am also the co-founder of Multicultural Children's Book Day on Jan 27th.
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