Communicating Science Through a Children's Book
My project will consist of planning, illustrating, printing, and finally reading a children’s book about science. More specifically, the story will teach kids about gene therapy. Gene therapy can be hard to understand, but I aim to make it accessible and engaging with this storybook. The book will be aimed at mid-elementary age students since, although the book will make use of big and bold illustrations to move it forward, the subject matter is still complicated enough for, say, a third grader. I plan to consult with a number of references, including the Art department at the University of Iowa and my own research mentor, in order to ascertain what a good story consists of, what an age-appropriate storybook looks like, how to print, and how to distribute the final product. I will ask a variety of people to critique my drafts of the book so as to hopefully get feedback from a diverse group of people.