Author Visits with a STEM Twist

There is nothing I enjoy more than talking to kids about books! Over the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with students at a number of schools about writing, reading, inspiration, and Bounders.

Just last week I spoke to the fourth grade at a school north of Boston about Science as an Inspiration for Science Fiction. The presentation content was really cool. We talked about quantum entanglement, space exploration, current technology news, and some other great books including my childhood favorite, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. The kids were extremely engaged and asked some amazing questions. And it’s easy to see why–there are so many amazing things happening right now in the world of science and technology! The reading and writing festival where I presented was recently featured in the Andover Townsman and includes a picture of me in action (here is the link).

While it’s common to think of author visits as part of a language arts curriculum,  it’s also great to think outside the box when offering author programming at schools. While all my school visit programs are tied to ELA standards, my talk on Science as an Inspiration for Science Fiction gets kids thinking and talking about science and technology. Also, my publisher, Simon and Schuster, has developed an awesome STEM curriculum companion for Bounders, which lets you take lessons beyond the book, whether paired with an author visit or not (here is the link).

Information about my school visit programs, including Science as an Inspiration for Science Fiction, is available here. All of the programs can be adapted for libraries, clubs, conferences and festivals, or other organizations/forums. I’m also happy to offer free, twenty minute Skype visits, subject to availability. Please contact me for more information.

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