"Kojo Loves Science" Children's Book Introduces Youth to STEM Careers

By: Planting People Growing Justice
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sept. 1, 2022 - PRLog -- A new children's book that introduces children to STEM careers has been released by  Dr. Artika Tyner. "Kojo Loves Science" is the latest title in her STEM book series for children.

"Kojo Loves Science" is available on Amazon in a paperback edition and is brightly illustrated by Bilal Karaca. Tyner dedicated the 26-page book to the scholars of Maxfield Elementary School in St. Paul, MN.

Children accompany Kojo and his scientist father as they explore a new science topic every day of the week. The book introduces children to science, inspires their curiosity, and encourages them to explore all the potential possibilities in science. Students will begin to associate STEM principles with things in the world around them.

The book explores STEM subjects ranging from climate to coding and building to culinary science. Kojo and his father provide ideas that can be implemented with children that will build memories to cherish. The book is an enjoyable read for children that parents will also appreciate.

According to research by the National Association of Manufacturing and Deloitte, the U.S. will need to fill an estimated 3.5 million STEM jobs by 2025. Sadly, the research also shows that qualified candidates in the K-12 education system won't have sufficient skills to meet those needs in the existing workforce. It includes jobs as network architects, data scientists, and security analysts.

Tyner's book provides Black representation for African American children, allowing them to envision themselves in those careers. Introducing youth to STEM careers (https://www.amazon.com/Kojo-Loves-Science-Artika-Tyner/dp...) as young as toddlers is vitally important and doing so through children's books is essential for Black youth to begin dreaming of a career in a STEM field. Black men comprise 9 percent of those in STEM careers and only 7 percent of Black women are represented in the field.

The author relates the information in the book to everyday activities with which children are familiar, but typically don't associate with a STEM career. Tyner's "Kojo Loves Science" children's book provides an easy way to introduce youth to the many possibilities available in STEM fields.
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