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The Essential Guide to S.T.E.A.M

The Essential Guide to STEAM Making an Art out of Science!

Published: 1 Sep 2019

Paperback / softback, 48 pages

Recommended for age 7+

By Eryl Nash

Illustrated by Barker, Vicky (Art Director, b small publishing)

Published by b small publishing limited

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Discover what can happen when science, technology, engineering, art and maths come together. From the types of energy on our planet or the physics behind sound waves to creative thinking and groundbreaking technology, the basic principles in this book will spark a lifelong passion for STEAM.

Tagged science

Reviewed by Heather Hann

This book aims to mix facts about science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) using simple explanations, illustrations and diagrams ‘making an art out of science.’

The double-page spreads cover ideas such as magnets, light and forces from the Key Stage 2 Science National Curriculum as well as how art links with STEM subjects in pages covering Creative Thinking, Computer and Household Engineering. The mixture of facts, diagrams and real-life examples combine well to show how the key aspects of science relate to the world we live in. The book also contains quiz questions to encourage further research in each area. The layout of the pages reminded me of the infographic style, and Vicky Barker’s design and illustrations combine to cover some challenging content, such as Newton’s laws of motion, in a clear and accessible way. This book is a great example of the new style of non-fiction books and one that children will love to revisit, finding out more each time. It reminded me of the Piotr Sochal style in Book of Bees. I would recommend this for the classroom and any parent trying to support their child with science work!

Heather is currently the Head of School Improvement for a large MAT in Suffolk. Before that she spent 25 years teaching in Essex where she worked as a teacher and part of the Essex School Improvement Team as a Literacy Consultant; before finally becoming Headteacher of a Primary School. She loves reading, baking, visiting her beach hut and Wallace and Gromit; seeking out every opportunity to combine them wherever possible!