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 Author:Sumita Mukherjee

Paperback: 42 pages (also available as ebook)

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STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction book for parents and children. It introduces kids between the ages of four and ten to the magic of electronics, game and toy designing, printing, understanding basic scientific principles and most importantly, they’ll have a blast making them. Inside this book you will find projects on LED cards, dance pads, handmade soaps, bubble blowers, Play-Doh circuits, cloud lanterns, scribbling bots and more!


Created by NASA STEM certified leader, Sumita Mukherjee, this book is jam packed with projects that will engage any bored child. The hands-on projects are broken into areas of practical implementation: Party, Build, Toys and Art. They have also been sorted according to levels of difficultly and STEAM relevance. Adding one or two experiments per week can get your child excited about science, inventions, science fair projects and overall classroom performance.


There is also a BONUS material list for STEAM DIY KIDS, to make it easier for parents to plan and prepare in advance.

My thoughts:

STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS is a great way to ease young kids into scientific subjects by merging science with artistic creativity. It gives the scientific aspects an added aspect of fun. I know my son (a younger version of him) would have loved this book because he loved working with electricity — in this case safe degrees of electricity in the forms of LEDs and button batteries. The artistic aspect of the projects is enough to draw in students who may not initially be interested in scientific subjects. Each project had plenty of photographs — an invaluable aid for adult helpers like me who aren’t great at science. There are also clear outlines of how difficult each project is. The only suggestion I have for additional books (there will be more books, won’t there?) is a line or two that draws the line between the project and the scientific property that it is illustrating or testing. I’d love to be able to say, “See in our project where X happens, that’s like in Nature when Y happens.” And in order to do that I would need some extra help from Mukherjee.

Mukherjee also has several online outlets where students and adults can find additional projects, information and resources. I think both parents and teachers will find this book adds a new dimension to activities.


 About Sumita Mukherjee

Sumita Mukherjee is a NASA STEM certified leader and children’s book author. She has been fortunate enough to travel around the globe, explore many countries and meet different people. Mysteries and adventures have been captured from there in the form of Keiko and Kenzo’s travel adventure series. These books are to inspire young readers to know and appreciate various countries, develop a love for discovery and learn about the world around them. Her series of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) books encourages kids to invent and explore, to empower themselves and see themselves as world leaders and problem solvers. Her books celebrate diversity, spark curiosity and capture children’s imaginations! Sumita currently lives in Toronto with her family.


Her website, WizKids.Club was created with a vision to raise the next generation of creative leaders. WizKids.Club offers highly engaging kids activities, educational books, experiments, hands-on projects, DIYs, travel stories and engineering books perfect for children 4-12 years to spark creativity and scientific learning.


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