Wednesday, December 21, 2016

"STEAM Ahead!" by Sumita Mukherjee

STEAM Ahead!
by Sumita Mukherjee

STEAM Ahead! DIY For Kids by Sumita Mukherjee is ON SALE for only $1.99 during December. It makes the perfect gift for the budding scientist in your life. This book is currently on tour with Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

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 Ahead! DIY For Kids, to make it easier for parents to plan and prepare in advance.

Book Video
Check out this video of the Shoebox Projector activity from the book.

[Want more? Click below to see a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
"This is a fantastic book not just for kids but adults too who will read it with kids. Really stimulates creativity and inquisitiveness." ~ Buyer 52001
"Sumita Mukherjee, author of the book Steam Ahead, offers a great book for creative children interested in working on projects that are not only interesting but also practical. Student projects have run the gamut from hypothesis testing to expanding imagination and creativity today. Sumita provides a step-by-step guide in her book. The material list will save parents a great deal of time accumulating the necessary material for each experiment. This is a must-have book for children that need to create an award winning project for school or any competition. I strongly recommend this book." ~ Docprov
"Wonderful book with fun and science activities. STEAM AHEAD is easy to understand and has got lot of interesting activities for the kids to explore and innovate more ideas. My 7 year old daughter would love to experiment these projects and she wanted to start with cloud lanterns. This book makes it interesting for both the kids and also the adults assisting them. The experiments in the book has got illustrations which is very useful for the kids to understand and follow each and every step. It is a great buy!" ~ Pen Name
"This book is great for when you want to take the kids away from the t.v. and do something both fun and educational with them. My nieces and nephews are going to love this book." ~ Ellie Bou
"This book introduces simple science experiments to kids. I love the fact that the book is gender neutral. My 5 year old girl would love to try the LED necklace, while my 7 year old son would be thrilled with the lego/reindeer experiment. All the experiments in the book are broken down into simple easy to follow steps with illustrations. Most of the items listed in the experiments are inexpensive items which can easily be found at the dollar store. STEAM AHEAD is a great book." ~ Fariha

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
STEAM Ahead! is a collection of 20 projects based on the STEAM principles of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The activities are aimed at children ages 4 to 10 and are rated in difficulty from 1 to 5. The book is divided into four sections: Party, Build, Toys, and Art, and includes a full Material List at the end of the book. 
This is a handy resource for parents, teachers, and group leaders. With projects ranging from jewelry to robots, there is something sure to please every child. I'm a Girl Guide Leader and will share these activities with my Unit. My favorite activity from each section: Pop-Up Card, Shoebox Projector, Bubble Blower, and Handmade Soap. Suggestions for the author: label the images with the step numbers; provide hyperlinks to YouTube videos of the projects; for the Material List, group materials according to project or list in alphabetical order.

About the Author
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.

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