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Papa’s Mechanical Fish

Posted on May 1st, 2019 in STEM literacy links

Publication: Papa’s Mechanical Fish | Author: Candace Fleming | Age: 4+ years

Man inside a fish shaped submarine

Papa is an inventor. From edible socks to steam-powered roller-skates, Papa is ambitious to invent something special. So one day, when asking Papa the question “Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a fish?” the children are well aware that it’s not enough to just look it up in a book about fish, going fishing or to the aquarium.

Asking Papa this question can only lead into long days and weeks of tinkering, thinking, testing, improving and testing again. They continuously test a refined model of the ‘Mechanical Fish’, which leads Papa and his family to think about new questions, such as “How do fish swim through the water?” or “How do fish stay dry?”

The book ‘Papa’s Mechanical Fish’ illustrates how children’s questions can lead to wonderful discoveries and new learnings.  Working collaboratively with their peers; children can explore many possibilities, evaluate their observations and help to solve everyday problems.  What questions and problems can you solve by encouraging a sense of wonder with children?

With our book recommendations, we want to help you spark a conversation that leads children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Have the courage to go beyond the obvious STEM connections and embrace all questions that may come out of your discussion with the children.

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