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Lisa Moss and Thomas Bernard - Founders of QuestFriendz (STEM educational publisher) and authors of The Adventures of Lillicorn, the first book in a new series of STEM problem solving books. The Adventures of Lillicorn was brought to life with significant input and inspiration from their twin daughters along the way.
Lisa brings 20 years of experience across global marketing, branding and product innovation roles at leading global high tech companies, including having held leadership positions at Royal Philips and Sony. She has served as an advisor to educational institutions and C-suite board members.
Thomas brings a seasoned innovation and technology background, with a PhD in computer engineering from the University of Amsterdam. He’s worked over 15 years across several cutting-edge engineering and innovation management roles. He is a former university lecturer in computer engineering and has ten years of experience educating young children across sports related topics. During his time as a university lecturer he became acutely aware of the lack of female representation in STEM related topics.
Inspired by a fantastical world imagined by the authors’ twin daughters, this educational activity book is underpinned by a belief that “children, especially girls, learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills best when these skills are approached within a storytelling context”. This brightly illustrated book certainly fulfils its aim of introducing STEM skills in an imaginative, interactive way, and its main character’s infectious enthusiasm for all things scientific will surely inspire more girls to get into STEM subjects. Lilli loves nothing more than finding things that “challenge her curious, scientific mind”. One night she transforms into her superheroine persona and embarks on a quest to help her friend fly from WooWoo Land. Young readers are invited to join Lillicorn’s quest, solving ten STEM puzzles in her vibrant world. With an appealing rhyming text, and charm tokens to collect along the way, the clear design conveniently signposts the STEM skills nurtured by each activity (including pattern recognition, abstraction, structured problem solving, sequencing, spatial perception and sorting) without detracting from the puzzle-solving or story. In some ways, the book’s structure is reminiscent of a computer game, with prompts and well-timed narrative pauses that invite readers to get stuck into the self-contained, bite-sized activities. What’s more, the tone is warmly encouraging, with the text informing readers that Lillicorn needs their help. Once the quest is complete, the solutions can be checked at www.lillicorn.com, where questers can also download a certificate and unlock additional activities.