Discover how energy is part of our daily lives with Everyday STEM Science ‰ÛÒ Energy.
Energy is all around us! But where does it come from and how is it used? Explore the different types of energy, from the electromagnetic energy that keeps us connected, to the geothermal energy deep inside Earth. Discover how we can all be more energy efficient, the renewable energies that will transform our planet, and the scientists who brought energy to life, including Marie Curie, Christina Lampe-ÌÐnnerud and Sophie Blanchard. Readers can also carry out cool energy experiments at home.
With easy-to-understand text written by STEM expert Dr Shini Somara and lots of colourful artworks, photos and diagrams, readers can best explore where we encounter energy and why it‰۪s even important at all.
The Everyday STEM series makes science relevant to tweens. Instead of telling kids STEM is important and is the key to their future success, these books show readers how we use science, technology, engineering and maths in our everyday lives. While the topics sound high-level and complex, this series makes these concepts age-appropriate and accessible. So, while we can‰۪t promise to teach 9 to 11-year-olds quantum physics, we can explain in the simplest terms the practical applications of STEM.
Dr Shini Somara is an engineer, television presenter/producer and author. She has consistently worked to demystify science, technology and innovation, making them more accessible and less intimidating. Having the experience of being a woman of colour in a male-dominated industry, she has a passion for making science more diverse and inclusive. Growing up with a father who was a mechanical and electrical engineer, she never doubted that she would follow in his footsteps. When she questioned why so many girls seem to feel that engineering (and STEM generally) is not for them, she wondered whether it was because they were not introduced to it early enough. The role-models which made children aspire to be astronauts or fire-fighters were not visible in STEM so she decided to write her own children‰۪s book with characters who did not fit the stereotypical view of an engineer.
Luna Valentine is a Polish children‰۪s book illustrator, living in Nottingham, UK. She works digitally, finding inspiration in (but not limited to) folk tales, video games, cute Japanese food, under her bed and other places nobody thinks to look. Her art has been described as humorous, quirky and colourful. At Nottingham Trent University she studied Graphic Design and gone on to do her Masters in Illustration. She has gone onto work with a variety of clients including Paper Rose, Paperchase and Arteza.
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Dr. Shini Somara translates cutting-edge science into warm-hearted and engaging television. She has always enjoyed demystifying the secrets behind pioneering technology and innovation. Her work can be seen on a variety of networks including BBC World News, BBC America, Sky and Discovery and PBS Digital Studios. Shini is now based in London, where her most recent work can be seen on the BBC. Before then, most of her broadcast experience was gained in the USA, hosting TechKnow for Al Jazeera America from Los Angeles.
Shini's fascination for innovation is insatiable and diverse. She has reported on stories on subjects including climate change, food, health and renewable energy. Shini feels most comfortable putting herself in the middle of an experiment or interacting with the technology to provide a more effective explanation.
Shini began her career as a mechanical engineer at Brunel University (London), completing a Bachelors of Engineering (BEng(Hons)) and then an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) by the age of 24 years old. Shini specialised in Fluid Dynamics, where computer simulations are used to 'visualise the invisible'. This expertise enables engineers to understand how air flows over things like, aircraft wings, Formula1 cars and within high-rise buildings.
With all her experience in STEM communication, Shini wants most, to help people help themselves through education. As part of this incentive, she hosted Crash Course: Physics for PBS Digital in 2016. But her most rewarding work will feature many of the scientists she has met throughout her career. During her speech at the United Nations in February 2017 for ‘Women and Girls in Science’ day, Shini remarked on the importance of role-models. Broadcasting on digital platforms, Shini hopes to share more personal stories of the career journeys of these incredible role models, with the aim of inspiring others to fulfill their own greatest potentials in STEM.