We are living in unprecedented times. While some people are looking for a means of escape, others are looking for a way to understand our world and make it a better place. The need for science literacy and rational, compassionate decision-making are more important than ever.
Since its earliest novels, like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, science fiction is been a way to push the boundaries of science and serve as a mirror for society. Science fiction authors are the dreamers and philosophers of STEM, sometimes asking and sometimes warning about the central question “What if?”
Calling all STEMtastic Storytellers!
This July, STEM Read is proud to present our Science + Fiction Camp for teens who are interested in writing and learning about science, technology, engineering, and math. Join us to geek out with authors, experts, and each other. We’ll explore bleeding-edge research with top STEM experts and get writing inspiration from professional authors and storytellers. We’ll also work through the entire creative process and draft complete, polished short stories that pack an emotional punch while sharing real STEM concepts that will shape our future.
Meet Authors and Experts
One of the highlights of the camp is our live virtual visit with best-selling author M.T. Anderson (Feed, Landscape with Invisible Hand).
Anderson says, “I’m thrilled to be part of the Science + Fiction Summer Camp — because both art and science are ways to investigate and understand our world. The great civilizations are those in which people are fearless thinkers. In crumbling empires, people give way to fear and superstition. We as Americans need to make sure that we’re on the leading edge of advancing the cause of humanity, all of humanity, through bold experiment and careful thought.”
What to Expect
This isn’t more e-learning; it’s a chance for students to dive deep into a topic that interests them most and to stretch their creative muscles crafting out-of-this-world stories. Students will also get to interact with other like-minded teens and connect with sci-fi by reading short stories, novels, and comics, watching movies, and talking to creators and experts. We’ll also see what it’s like to pursue careers in writing and STEM.
Many of the activities are asynchronous, meaning you don’t have to sit in front of your computer all day. You can do many of the activities at times that meet your schedule.
The future is yours to write. Get started with STEM Read this July!