Read for Science © Publishing was founded by science literacy and arts integration specialist, Merrie Koester, Ph.D, for the purpose of bringing students to SCIENCE through READING and the Creative Arts. Through Dr. Koester’s STE[A]M curriculum for the Agnes Pflumm novels, students learn to think of SCIENCE as a way of READING the WORLD, too, as they ask, “What is happening here?” Many of the problems have arisen from human impact on the environment.
Each novel features youth becoming empowered because they figure out how to solve problems themselves. They use creative problem solving and critical thinking as they acquire and apply STEM knowledge and skills. In the process, they become productive, pro-active citizens who know how to use their voices!
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The Agnes Pflumm science education novels are the flagship novels for Read for Science Publishing. They are being implemented nationwide by teachers, homeschooling parents, environmental education programs, and after school programs. New PFLUMMSTERS are popping up everywhere, eager to become part of tomorrow’s STEM workforce while they imagine, draw, journal, and perform learning that is informed by their own problem solving.
24 and 23 Make Me was a collaborative effort by high school senior, Julia Sacha, and Dr. Merrie Koester. Julia has beautifully illustrated the story of Grace, a teenager with Down's Syndrome, explaining the genetics behind how she came to be so special. Science teachers can use this book to explain the process of meiosis in a way that invites questions and promotes celebration of our differences. Youth groups and churches can rally around those like Grace when they participate in The SC Special Olympics. In Charleston, SC, Julia and Dr. Koester have sponsored "Team Grace" to support the real live Grace and her friends for the local Special Olympics. The message? Different is special is great!