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About this series
Each book is written by an award-winning children’s author and follows the real-life stories of some of Australia’s top scientists and inventors, chosen on the basis of their pioneering work. Themes explored include childhood, school, family, and formative experiences, what inspired them to pursue their chosen path, how they persevered in the face of challenges, and what they have contributed to science all over the world.
✅ John Long: Fossil Hunter
When John Long clamped his hands around a fossil at the age of seven, it sparked a lifelong love affair with collecting artefacts from another time. His many ground-breaking discoveries of fossils have changed our thinking about the early evolution of back-boned animals. He was Australia’s only President of the world’s largest palaeontology society, and worked with the Australian Federal Police to bust the illegal fossil trade, yet Professor Long mysteriously still finds time for other pursuits, such as writing 26 adult and children’s books relating to science.
John is currently Strategic Professor in Palaeontology at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. He was previously the Vice President of Research and Collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in the USA.
✅ Alan Finkel: Australia’s Chief Scientist 2016-2020
As Australia’s former Chief Scientist, our country turned to Alan Finkel for advice on everything from the climate, to AI, to the pandemic. But at a time when scientists have never been so important, Alan nearly didn’t become one at all. Growing up in Melbourne as the son of immigrants who fled the Holocaust, Alan had to find the courage to make his own choices – even when they weren’t quite what his family had in mind. Alan’s story is one of being brave, loving your family and always aiming for excellence.
Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. This followed an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator, and an industrial career producing breakthrough scientific instruments for academic neurosciences and pharmaceutical drug discovery. He served as President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and for eight years as Chancellor of Monash University. He has been Chair of multiple companies dedicated to scientific research and was named the 2016 Victorian of the Year.
Alan is committed to science education and has founded numerous magazines and education programs for schools and organisations. His career is defined by creative leadership, initiatives, philanthropy and innovative scientific publishing. He has been a strong and effective advocate for governmental and industrial support of innovation and research in science and engineering.
✅ Eddie Woo: Superstar Maths Teacher
Eddie Woo has already packed a lot into his short life. Australian High School Maths teacher, education ambassador and advisor, author, TV Host and YouTube sensation, Eddie has been putting the magic in maths for the past ten years, allowing students to learn in creative and practical ways, and being at the forefront of school-based integrated STEM education. His is an inspiring story of empathy, generosity, mentorship, personal connection, and overcoming adversity.
In 2012 Eddie began to film his classroom lessons for a sick student, and put them up on YouTube, on his ‘WooTube’ channel. This became a valuable mechanism for students to direct their own learning at a pace that suited them. ‘WooTube’ now has over 1 million subscribers around the world. On discovering that teachers in training found his videos an invaluable window into actual classrooms and what exemplary teaching looks like in action, he created a separate channel where teachers can share their expertise.
Eddie is well known across Australia as an advocate for teachers and the importance of teaching. He has written for and been featured in specialist teaching press and in national and international media; served on on education advisory boards; given TED talks; published his own books; and won numerous awards, including Australia Day Local Hero of the Year and being named as one of the world’s Top 10 teachers.
✅ Gisela Kaplan: Bird and primate scientist
Gisela Kaplan’s story begins in post-World War II Germany. Despite incredible challenges as a child, she retained a profound curiosity, care and compassion for all living things. Her captivating, ground-breaking scientific research on Australian magpies, tawny frogmouths and other iconic bird species, as well as primates, make Prof. Kaplan a world-leading expert in animal behaviour, especially of Australian birds.
Professor Kaplan is on a mission to spread the word about how intelligent and surprising birds are, before time runs out for many of them.
✅ Munjed Al Muderis: From refugee to surgical inventor
Munjed is a humanitarian and world-leading pioneer of surgical osseointegration. The book follows pivotal moments in Munjed’s life: becoming a surgeon under the regime of Saddam Hussein, fleeing from war-torn Iraq and arriving at Christmas Island in a rickety boat, being held in the Curtain Detention Centre, his hard-gained medical success, and his acknowledgement as the 2020 NSW Austalian of the Year.
“Life is about making a difference,” Munjed says. “We all have a mission in life, to leave behind a legacy.” His resilience, determination and view of the world as a glass half full, not half empty, has helped him excel in his chosen career. Highlights include his development of an improved osseointegration prosthetic limb, a new surgery that inserts a titanium implant into the bone, allowing patients to recover a certain level of feeling and greater mobility. His humanitarian work is equally as impressive, and includes being an ambassador for Red Cross, working with Amnesty International, and becoming a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre.
✅ Georgia Ward-Fear: Reptile biologist and explorer
Georgia is a conservation ecologist, reptile biologist and explorer who has trekked many continents and travelled thousands of kilometres in a sea kayak, all in the name of science, adventure and research! As a child she would watch David Attenborough investigate the mysteries of nature and was inspired to follow in his footsteps.
Her key contribution to science is her implementation of the ‘Taste Aversion’ technique to reduce deaths of native animals who were consuming cane toads. Georgia’s work stems from a fascination with nature and a sense of guardianship over wild animals and wild places. She explores shifting ecological patterns, conservation strategies and animal behaviour, and works with the indigenous ranger network across northern Australia.
She is an advocate for equity and diversity in Science and is a ‘Superstar of STEM’, a program run by Science and Technology Australia that aims to smash gender stereotypes of ‘Scientists’ and encourage more girls to work and stay in the STEM fields. She is also part of the Homeward Bound initiative (2019), a global network of Women in STEM who aim to influence global environmental policy.
✅ Fiona Wood: Burns surgeon and inventor of spray-on skin
Fiona Wood was the daughter of fifth-generation Yorkshire coal-miners, who encouraged her to try everything from ballet to street fighting. They instilled in her the value of hard work, although Fiona was often teased by others for being ‘different’ and wanting more than her tiny Yorkshire village could offer. She faced prejudice and sexism in her professional career but fought for her chance to become a medical student and work as a surgeon. She eventually became one of the world’s leading burns surgeon and Head of the Burns Unit at Royal Perth Hospital. With her invention of the revolutionary spray-on skin, she changed the way burns were treated forever. She further came to the world’s attention in the wake of the Bali bombings, when she and her team were called upon to face a crisis beyond anything they had experienced, racing against time and infection to save the 28 critically injured people admitted to Royal Perth.
Fiona’s story is one of hard work and hope, of vision and direction, of stepping up, not giving in, and helping people rebuild their bodies and their lives.
More to love about STEM Stars
• Teacher’s notes available. A perfect series for school libraries or home bookshelves.
• A fresh and unique series that focuses on our Australian STEM heroes. Science is more important that ever as we look to our inventors and innovators to solve the contemporary problems facing humanity and the planet.
• Topical themes of integrated STEM education, how children learn, and how education systems can adapt to individual student’s needs and address learning difficulties.
• Narrative non-fiction as a tool for educating children, proving that it can be as fun and interesting as fiction
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