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 in Australia.
About 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.
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.
• Georgia is a relatable and inspirational role model for young girls, with her passion for environmental care and enpowering women in Science and Leadership
• Narrative non-fiction as a tool for educating children, proving that it can be as fun and interesting as fiction
About The Author
Claire Saxby was born in Melbourne but has lived far and wide, including Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea, where she discovered the most beautiful reefs and beaches in the world. She worked in community health for several years while writing books for children.
Claire’s award-winning books fall into three main categories – narrative non-fiction, history and humour. She is widely curious about everything, and passionate about encouraging curiosity, wonder and understanding in young people. She works part-time in a bookshop, where she loves talking to readers and running sessions on how to read to babies.
Visit her website at https://clairesaxby.wordpress.com