Children’s Learning and Education
Date Published: 12 December, 2016
Publisher: Sumita Mukherjee
STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction book for parents and children. It introduces kids between the ages of four and ten to the magic of electronics, game and toy designing, printing, understanding basic scientific principles and most importantly, they’ll have a blast making them. Inside this book you will find projects on LED cards, dance pads, handmade soaps, bubble blowers, Play-Doh circuits, cloud lanterns, scribbling bots and more!
Created by NASA STEM certified leader, Sumita Mukherjee, this book is jam packed with projects that will engage any bored child. The hands-on projects are broken into areas of practical implementation: Party, Build, Toys and Art. They have also been sorted according to levels of difficultly and STEAM relevance. Adding one or two experiments per week can get your child excited about science, inventions, science fair projects and overall classroom performance.
There is also a BONUS material list for STEAM DIY KIDS, to make it easier for parents to plan and prepare in advance.
STEAM ahead is an activity workbook for kids focusing on projects that bring together aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Projects are arranged in four sections, the first being projects for a party, the second focusing on building, the third on toys to make and the last on arts activities. Each project features a picture a of the final product, what materials you will needs, a difficulty rating which is explained in the introduction, approximate time the project will take, how it factors into STEAM and step-by-step instructions with pictures of the steps if necessary.
I am an informal educator and am always looking for more fun ways to integrate STEAM concepts into lessons. This workbook offers fun, hands-on activities that kids want to do! I do regularly use a few of the projects in class such as Squishy Circuits, Scribbling Bots and Absorption Art, however, the rest of the projects were new to me or things I hadn’t thought to integrate into a STEAM Lesson. So far I have tried out the LED card in class since we have all the material and it worked well with the holidays! I did this project in a lesson about electricity and circuits. The directions were easy to follow and a group of 8-10 year olds were able to understand as we went along. They had a lot of fun designing the card. One thing I do wish that the book would include is a little more information about the science behind each project, if you are not a science educator or have a strong science background, you may not be able to explain to children how exactly the circuit is working. I do look forward to trying the shoebox projector, lava pen and light up dance pad as well.
At the end of the book there is a materials checklist for every project in the book, which is handy. I do wish that there was also an index for project by concept such as which projects integrate circuitry, which projects integrate sound, properties of light, etc.
On a side note, the e-copy I received had a typo in one of the titles of a project. The Glowing Cloud project is titled Gel Notebook. The Glowing Cloud does look like a super cute Halloween costume to try out!
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Sumita Mukherjee is a NASA STEM certified leader and children’s book author. She has been fortunate enough to travel around the globe, explore many countries and meet different people. Mysteries and adventures have been captured from there in the form of Keiko and Kenzo’s travel adventure series. These books are to inspire young readers to know and appreciate various countries, develop a love for discovery and learn about the world around them. Her series of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) books encourages kids to invent and explore, to empower themselves and see themselves as world leaders and problem solvers. Her books celebrate diversity, spark curiosity and capture children's imaginations! Sumita currently lives in Toronto with her family.
Her website, WizKids.Club was created with a vision to raise the next generation of creative leaders. WizKids.Club offers highly engaging kids activities, educational books, experiments, hands-on projects, DIYs, travel stories and engineering books perfect for children 4-12 years to spark creativity and scientific learning.