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The STEM Club Goes Exploring (My Future Story) Hardcover – June 15, 2016
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Author Lois Melbourne, of the My Future Story series, inspires readers to identify their passions, explore them, and shape their own future stories. As an entrepreneur and CEO of a talent management software company, Lois Melbourne loved her career, and especially loved spending time connecting with people, mentoring, and selling software. Now on to a new passion, Melbourne has created My Future Story, a book series for 9-12 year olds exploring their exciting and almost limitless career opportunities She is also developing an app for teens and twenty-somethings to help match interests to education and career choices.
Growing up in rural Missouri she experienced first hand the lack of career education and direction. Working with people around the world and in every industry, she saw the powerful impact of people choosing careers they really enjoyed. These are the inspirations for My Future Story.
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Memories of that career guide came rushing back as I read this book. Now, of course, the presentation is brighter and punchier, but the message and intent are the same. There are lots of neat careers out there in the STEM world, and they all relate directly to the things you know, like, and are good at.
The pages are full color cartoon style drawings of the kids from the STEM club traveling around and interviewing preople about their careers. The text averages about half of each page and is inserted in sidebars or as narrative captions. This allows for the presentation of basic career information in a snappy and high energy style, and it illustrates the action/adventure/gizmo elements of some of the jobs. (My New York Life book was about as visually inviting as a digital camera manual.)
Some jobs get a longer treatment, (software engineer, app designer, geologist, animal scientist/researcher, marine biologist, mechanical engineer, health care provider), and some get passing treatment, (air traffic controller, city planner, zoologist), but there's certainly something for everyone.
It's never too early to dream and it's always a good idea to get kids thinking about STEM careers, and this seemed to me to be a good, timely, well-intentioned, and generally useful introductory guide. A nice choice for your budding engineer.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
The book is well done packed with information that is presented in an entertaining fashion. This book would make a great addition to a child’s personal library or a school library. It is a great way to open their minds to all that may be available to them as jobs in the future.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Greenleaf Book Group in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The STEM club goes on a field trip and sees a number of careers involving STEM skills: a video game company, a veterinary clinic, a hospital and a mine. They talk to grownups and learn about these careers. At the end of the book is a pretty decent glossary of terms.
Since the U.S. government declared our deficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math(aka STEM) a few years ago, the push has been on to add more education for kids. I'm not opposed to that. Not all jobs are for all people, but exposing kids to career options is a good thing. Unfortunately, this book comes across as kind of bland. The kids are a diverse group, but they come across as generic and indistinct. The careers featured are interesting to kids, I suppose, but the book didn't seem to be very inspiring.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Greenleaf Book Group and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.