Presenting the Explore STEM Series!

Festival Staff / January 13, 2021

Hello elementary school teachers! Looking for interactive ways to get your students excited about science? Tucson Festival of Books has partnered with Roche on a 7-week Explore STEM! series. 

Kids, teachers and parents can join us for these sessions that will explore science and literacy! Listen in as actual scientists and others working at a life sciences company (and even a few of their kids), read aloud their favorite books and then walk your class through a live experiment!

Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect each Friday at 10:00 AM MST:

February 26: Ada Twist's Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists by Andrea Beaty. Read by Regulatory Affairs Manager, Allison Gannon. 

Ada loves ALL science and your students will too after hearing Allison read this infectious (in a good way) book. Even though it was hard to decide on which science to focus on, together we’ll watch demonstrations on chemistry and botany. Register here.

March 12: Ask a Scientist by Robert Winston. Read by Executive Assistant, Judith Muros.

This book answers 100 science-related questions from kids around the world. Of course, we won’t have time to cover them all, but Judith will surprise us by reading from several different sections of this amazing book and then conducting corresponding experiments. Register here.

Past Sessions:

January 22: What Floats? What Sinks? A look at Density by Jennifer Boothroyd. Read by Clinical Science Specialist, Amy Wong. This book will help you understand why some objects float and others sink. Once you’re an expert on density, our scientist, Amy, will make a rainbow density tower as well as show you just how a lava lamp works! Watch a replay of this session.

January 29: Peg + Cat: The Pizza Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson. Read by Senior Corporate Counsel, Laura Wu. 

Find out how Peg gets flummoxed when having to cut her pizza pie into slices. After the recitation, do an experiment with Lauren, that gets to the logic of fractions. We promise your class won’t even notice they’re doing math! Watch a replay of the session.

February 5: Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System by Dr. Dominic Walliman. Read by Principal Bioinformatics Scientist, Kalpana Kannan. 

Listen is as Professor Astro Cat takes you on a solar system journey. You’ll learn amazing things, like how Venus got covered in volcanoes. After the reading with research scientist Kalpana, she’ll walk you through what it’s like to experience a solar eclipse! Watch a replay of the session.

Please note that all live sessions will be recorded and available for the future listening needs of schools and nonprofits! Visit the Tucson Festival of Books homepage for a link to all sessions!

February 12: Rube Goldberg's Simple Normal Humdrum School Day by Jennifer George and Ed Steckley. Read by International Business Leader, Chris Newhouse.

Follow Rube as he heads to school where he loves to complicate every task, no matter how small or mundane. This book is one of Chris’s daughters’ favorites - and they’re excited to help you see the world like Rube by making their own Rube Goldberg machine with common household items. Watch a replay of the session.

February 19: Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It by JoAnn Deak. Read by Development Project Manager, Ariel Rosen. 

How does a brain actually grow? What happens when you make mistakes - does your brain shrink? Find out the answer to these questions and more when Ariel reads this fun and informative book and then helps you make your first ever brain hat! Watch a replay of the session.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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