DALLAS (October 1, 2021) — If Not You, Then Who?, the popular book series for early and grade school children, has launched an educational curriculum for teachers designed to introduce the vast world of inventions and inventors through history to contemporary times into the classroom.
Each of the If Not You, Then Who books showcases how Inventions and Inventors can come from anywhere, how inventions solve everyday problems and how many of our most enduring inventions were actually created by accident.
To further expand the educational mission of the book series, If Not You, Then Who? has developed a Young Inventors Club website for in-school and home use along with an Educator’s Guide to help teachers implement the many associated themes in the classroom. The guide aligns the If Not You, Then Who? books with Next Generation Science Standards sharing such topics as:
- how inventors excel at identifying and framing problems
- how they see problems from many different angles and perspectives
- how inventors enlist the help and perspective of others underscoring the value of teamwork
- how inventors create prototypes from readily available materials
- how inventors find the best ways to communicate their inventions to the world.
“As children read the If Not You books and participate in the classroom program, they will discover why they should aspire to invent, and how inventors take note of the problems people face in their daily lives and help solve them through creativity and innovation. Through the book series and curriculum, children will be inspired to embark on their own journey of invention and work to help build a better world,” said Laura Ploss, Director of Education for If Not You, Then Who?.
The Educator’s Guide also provides book-specific lesson plans featuring project-based activities challenging students to identify and research problems, brainstorm solutions and invent unique products. At the same time, The Young Inventor’s Club offers monthly challenges that will reinforce these newly acquired skills while students have fun creating their own inventions.
“Stats show that over 3.5 million STEM jobs will need to be staffed by 2025 and that number will continue to grow. The If Not You, Then Who?series and the Young Inventor’s Club inspire students at a young age to explore how things work and how they can improve performance and provide solutions to real-world problems, creating an engaged STEM workforce for the future,” added Ploss.
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