This post was originally published on FableVision Learning's blog.
Last we saw them in the debut book of the STEAM-Powered Adventures of Sydney & Simon: Full STEAM Ahead!, the creative problem-solving siblings were using their science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) skills to save their prized flowers wilting during a prolonged heat wave. Along with learning lots about the water cycle and evaporation, they used their creative maker skills to build a watering invention based on Archimedes’ pump. Now the twin mice are back to apply STEAM thinking to promote sustainability and to protect marine animals impacted by trash.
In Go GREEN! the adventure starts on a class field trip to the aquarium. Sydney is upset when she learns that Greenie, a sick green sea turtle, is recovering from digesting plastic that made its way to the ocean. She must convince Simon that trash can accidentally get swept into sewers, streams, rivers, and possibly end up in the ocean where it harms living creatures – like Greenie.
The twins collect data on the trash habits of their household and school and find they are all part of the problem. They need to figure out a way that their family, their neighborhood, and their school can cut down on garbage production and make better use of their discarded items. Along with learning about the science of trash decomposition, Sydney and Simon create a recycled art sculpture, as well as write and perform a hit song that gets the attention of everyone the city of Wonder Falls to rethink their trash habits.
FableVision’s CEO Paul Reynolds notes, “Our planet is facing so many challenges – many of them environmental. Peter and I hope that the Sydney & Simon series will inspire the kind of creative STEAM thinking and doing that will foster the next generation of creative problem-solvers who will be the stewards of a cleaner, greener world in the decades to come. “
Short chapters written by Paul, paired with Peter’s lively illustrations will inspire readers to take a closer look at protecting the environment by implementing small changes that make a big difference. The book also models holistic literacy which helps support all four components of literacy: listening, talking, reading and writing/creative self-expression, which furthers the work FableVision has been doing with Reading Is Fundamental and the National Writing Project.
Visit www.steamthinking.org for more information about Go GREEN! and to share your stories about how you, your school, your community is adding the “A” to STEM.
Celebrate the book launch with Peter and Paul! Everyone is invited to the Sydney & Simon: Go GREEN! book signing and launch party on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10:30-12 p.m. at The Blue Bunny Bookstore in historic Dedham Square. For more details visit the Blue Bunny online.