Scythe: The STEM Read Experience with Special Guest Neal Shusterman

Scythe Cover

When: TBD
Where: Northern Illinois University Holmes Student Center, DeKalb, IL
Who: Recommended for Students in Grades 8 and Up

Join STEM Read and author Neal Shusterman for an interactive game based on the STEAM concepts behind the Printz Honor-winning novel Scythe. Students will attend the Scythedom’s conclaves, learn from STEAM experts, and use collaboration and creative-problem-solving to complete a series of tests related to:

  • The Mathematics of Mortality
  • Nanotechnology and Human Health
  • Artificial Intelligence and Computational Thinking
  • The Ethics of Gleaning
  • And More!

Will your team gain immunity, win the ring, and bring new wisdom to the Scythedom, or will you reinterpret Scythe law and bend the age of immortality to your own will?
After the game, students will get a chance to meet Neal Shusterman and hear how he creates his frightening and fascinating work.

About Scythe

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.


About Registration

Cost includes admission, supplies, and a copy of the novel Scythe by Neal Shusterman. LUNCH IS NOT INCLUDED. Students should bring sack lunches and peanut-free snacks. The event is open to individuals and school groups. Note that tickets are transferable, but not refundable. You can purchase additional tickets until one month prior to the event. When you register, a STEM Read associate will contact you to confirm invoicing information and details.