A Galway researcher is hoping a new series of children’s books will encourage more young people to consider a career in science and technology.
NUI Galway lecturer Dr John Breslin is one of a number of high-profile scientists from Ireland who have come together to produce a series of five fun books to encourage children to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Breslin, who co-founded Boards.ie and Adverts.ie, contributed to the fourth book in the series, Computers and Data, which is out this Saturday, November 19, as part of Science Week.
In the weekly series, free with the Irish Independent, readers are brought on an interactive journey that includes space, food and health, energy and resources, computers and data, and connected future.
“The Science Apprentice book series is a great resource for teachers interested in inquiry-based approaches to STEM teaching and learning,” says Dr Breslin.
“Coming out in Science Week, the Computers and Data book will help children understand the technology behind some of their favourite computer games and devices, as well as some big ideas in maths, like cryptography and artificial intelligence.
“These books are also a great way for parents to get their children interested in science and technology as a career, reinforcing the message that there is no limit to what they can become.”
The Science Apprentice book series has been produced by University College Dublin and partners, supported by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme and the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions.
The Science Apprentice books are free to collect with the Irish Independent in Tesco stores every Saturday until November 26.