Book Review: ‘A Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM’ by Gitanjali Rao

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Book Title: A Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM
Author: Gitanjali Rao
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Number of Pages: 200
ISBN: 978-9357022064
Date Published: Sept. 15, 2023
Price: INR 249

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Book Review

The current generation is coming of age during significant challenges, and traditional methods and strategies may prove ineffective in addressing these new obstacles. There is an urgent call for a fresh approach that leverages the latest scientific advancements and explores innovative avenues. Gitanjali Rao, an innovator, and America’s Top Young Scientist, introduces an interactive experience to immerse students in the innovation process.

A Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM” is a book by Gitanjali Rao, a young scientist and inventor recognized as TIME Magazine’s 2020 “Kid of the Year.” The book is designed to assist students, educators, and parents in approaching innovation and problem-solving, particularly within STEM. It presents a five-step methodology for identifying problems and devising solutions, drawing from Rao’s experiences and insights.

Within this book, readers will find a five-step process for effective problem-solving, focusing on observation, brainstorming, research, construction, and communication. The book is organized into three distinct sections: ‘Discover,’ which delves into the societal significance of innovation; ‘Solve,’ offering a step-by-step guide for tackling real-world challenges; and ‘Implement,’ which explains how to utilize ideas for the betterment of society, raising awareness, and engaging in contests. Throughout the book, perseverance is strongly emphasized, and additional resources for further exploration are provided.

This book equips students with a five-step process to uncover and nurture their passion for innovation, enabling them to address real-world issues and promote awareness. It includes practical advice and resources for parents, including popular STEM challenges and competition timelines. Each phase of the innovation process features a “snapshot,” providing a glimpse into the work of a young innovator striving to effect change in their community. The book also contains information about additional STEM opportunities, such as camps and events.

For educators, the book offers workspaces and lesson plans tailored to both teachers and students. It imparts real-world skills, growth opportunities, and an engaging experience suitable for all age groups. The book’s overarching goal is to engage everyone in the innovation process, making it a fun and captivating experience that can be applied to daily life. It is designed to benefit anyone interested in learning, supporting, and shaping an innovative future.

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The book also covers subjects like learning through failure and iteration, lesson plans, and additional resources for continued learning. It serves as an inspiring guide with a compelling message: innovation is essential and attainable for a brighter future.

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