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An inspiring female-fronted KS1 STEM activity storybook
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.
Co-founders of QuestFriendz, Dr Thomas Bernard and Lisa Moss authors of The Adventures of Lillicorn comment: “Learning the 4Cs from a young age is key as a longer term, systematic approach to address the STEM skills gap. Addressing young children allows us to harness their curiosity, that magical state of mind that accelerates learning including STEM learning. With the introduction of problem-solving skills from a young age, children are better equipped to face our fast-paced changing world.
One third of parents and teachers still perceive STEM discipline as more closely fitting boys’ brains, personalities and hobbies. Early intervention is the key to changing this. One in ten teachers believes the gender gap begins to appear before primary school, so positive STEM messages will benefit children at the early stages of primary level. 54% of teachers report seeing girls drop STEM subjects due to pressure from parents or guardians but girls with a foundation of STEM learning are best equipped to adapt to a huge variety of potential roles throughout their working lives.”
Inspire the next generation of leaders in STEM with The Adventures of Lillicorn in WooWoo Land, the first in a series of STEM children’s picture books for children 4 to 8 years old.
Meet Lilli, a fearless little girl, who is intrigued by science, and loves to conceive new experiments and inventions.
In her dreams at night, she transforms into Lillicorn, a superhero, and teams up with friends to travel to distant lands and figure out innovative solutions that save the day. The rhyming storybook is designed so that children can solve ten different STEM quests and earn collectable charm tokens (provided in the book). It’s an exciting way for children to learn fundamental STEM skills at an early age, as well as develop 21st-century learning skills (the 4Cs – critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication).
|Publication date:||30th June 2020|
|Author:||Lisa Moss and Dr Thomas Bernard|
|Illustrator:||Ayelen Lamas and Bram Hartman|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 1|
|Topics:||Adventure Stories, Puzzles / Activities, School Stories, Science|
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 ...More About Lisa Moss and Dr Thomas Bernard