23 April is recognised as the World Book and Copyright Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). On 4 April 2017, Scientix published eight great science books selected by its Scientix Ambassadors to give you the opportunity to read some or all of them before the World Book Day. Save the date and join us on this occasion to celebrate great literature in the field of science!

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For the STEM Discovery Week 24 to 30 April 2017, teachers are invited to participate in a discussion in an open forum here about the selected books and share ideas on how they can be used in science lessons. Scientix will award the best ideas shared with this community.

The goal of the competition is twofold:

  • To raise general awareness about science and scientific literacy through a community based approach and peer-reviewed exchange of information.
  • To show how scientific literature can improve classroom discussions and activities.

You are welcome to use the forum here to introduce yourself and to get to know other colleagues interested in science literature. Scientix will use the discussion forum to inform you as soon as new discussion threads are added on 23 April. You will receive a notification by e-mail if you introduce yourself in the discussion thread.

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4. I, Robot

We, Robot

We, Robot
25.4.17 12:51
Inspiring students ...
In the STEM classes I try to expose students to the issues of the impact of technology on humans. To inspire the students to think about what his world would look like in the future. And to deal with issues of ethics and science.

These topics can be discussed at any age according to the appropriate level.

I really liked the stories in the book and the fact that these are short stories, so it's easier for children to connect, and each group can read a story.
The class will be divided into nine groups, each group will receive a story, read it and discuss the story and events of the story.
Each group will have to plan how to present the story to the rest of the group when they have many means available.

In the framework of the play, the students will build a robot (with previous knowledge) inspired by the story that will help them to present and illustrate.

In this lesson, students will be able to develop engineering building skills, programming and excelling in front of an audience.
The lesson will also allow students to integrate the subject of art.
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RE: We, Robot
27.4.17 10:50 kot odgovor na yoni kuner.
Thank you Yoni for sharing your idea and lesson plan with us, very interesting, especially how you link it to the concept of STE(A)M! Your lesson seems to integrate many different elements in STEM education and critical thinking of students. Out of curiosity, how old should the students be in order to participate in your lesson? Do you think both very advanced and less advanced students could participate equally?
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RE: We, Robot
30.4.17 9:52 kot odgovor na Robert Baldursson.
Thank you,
The age of students is 10 years or older. So the PA has been able to handle the mission.
The task can be adapted to a wide range of levels and skills. Young or low-level students will design a robot model. High-level students will be able to actually build and program a robot from whatever possibilities are available at the school.
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RE: We, Robot
30.4.17 16:47 kot odgovor na yoni kuner.
Ok, excellent, thank you for sharing Yoni this very interesting lesson plan emoticon
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These are the eight science books selected for the World Book Day and STEM Discovery Week 2017! In order to compete in our competition, start by:

  1. Read one or more of the selected titles
  2. Design an idea for a classroom activity based on your book
  3. Share your idea with peers in the discussion forum above during the STEM Discovery Week 24 to 30 April

Science books


This world famous book in the field of physics explores the origin of our universe, including the Big Bang and black holes, and the relevance of concepts such as space and time and other forces that govern our existence.

Author: Stephen Hawking

Originally published: 1988

Uncle Tungsten was a producer of tungsten-filament lightbulbs who ignited Oliver Sacks’ interest in chemistry, especially chemical reactions and the periodic table. This book is a fascinating story about scientific discoveries and inspiration during childhood.

Author: Oliver Sacks

Originally published: 2001

A brief history of time

Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a chemical boyhood

Technology books

A young boy, who is the outcome of genetic experiments, possesses great tactical skills playing computer games. This may be just what mankind has been waiting for in order to fight back against invasive alien species.

Author: Orson Scott Card

Originally published: 1985

This futuristic science-fiction describes the technical evolution of robots that are originally developed in order to serve humans. However, they eventually become so advanced that humans become obsolete.

Author: Isaac Asimov

Originally published: 1950

Ender's Game

I, Robot

Engineering books

Engineers can see a structure where there is none in place, possessing the ability to turn problems into solutions and solutions. This book collects narratives and case studies to show how engineering is used to innovate, standardise and optimise.

Author: Guru Madhavan

Originally published: 2015

This book is a collection of 25 entertaining experiments and activities in engineering in everyday situations, including step-by-step instructions, expected results of each activity and simple scientific background for each experiment.

Author: Janice VanCleave

Originally published: 2007

Applied minds: How engineers think

Engineering for every kid: Easy activities that make learning science fun

Mathematics books

Robert really dislikes studying maths, but this changes when he meets the Number Devil, who appears in Robert’s dreams to teach him maths and inspire him. With the help of the Number Devil, Robert gets to know fractions, geometry and other mathematic concepts.

Author: Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Originally published: 1997

Mr. Ruche receives a delivery to his house in Paris including a great number of maths books from Brazil. His parrot likes to talk about maths and together they give lessons to children. However, he soon discovers the real reason behind the delivery.

Author: Denis Guedj

Originally published: 1998

The number devil: a mathematical adventure

The Parrot's Theorem

STEM Discovery Week IN NUMBERS

SDW17 Infograph

This infograph demonstrates the main achievements accomplished and outreach during STEM Discovery Week 2017.




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Share ideas for classroom activities in relation to selected science books and discuss them in an open forum. Read more.