On 22 March, the Junior School at ISH was privileged to host acclaimed children's author, David Schwartz, for a day of literature, maths and science fun! Mr. Schwartz is the author of How Much is a Million, On Beyond a Million, and nearly 50 other titles, including the winner of the Science Book of the Year: Where in the Wild? He describes his writing journey:
As a child, I was filled with a sense of awe as I contemplated the universe. The huge numbers of stars and their sizes and distances never failed to amaze me. With binoculars and magnifying glass, I also focused on closer subjects like birds, flowers, frogs and bugs. But science and math weren’t my only fascinations: I also loved bicycles, baseball, boats… and ice cream. Years later, on a clear spring night, I looked up at the sky and a shower of memories descended. I suddenly remembered my childhood awe at the wonders of space.
That night I was inspired to write my first book, How Much Is a Million? Now, almost 50 books later, I spend much of my time finding unusual, whimsical ways to make math and science come alive for kids and teachers, both through my writing and through speaking at schools and conferences. I also write science articles for magazines, including Smithsonian. To do the research, I’ve made exciting trips to some of the more remote corners of several continents. I’ve been to Africa to study hippos, to South America to visit an indigenous tribe living in the rain forest, and to far northern Scotland to track illegal egg collectors. But I still love the land outside my door in northern California, and the same distant stars that inspired me years ago.
During Mr. Schwartz's presentations to the Junior School, he explored maths and science questions such as the following: how much is a million? how high could a frog jump in relation to its own size? How deep would a whale-size pool be? The combination of humor, physical props and student interaction to solve problems was easily relatable to the kids, and encouraged them to see that maths and science can be fun too!
Thank you to Mr. Schwartz for taking time to visit our school. We wish you the best on your travels and hope to see you again soon.
You can visit his website at: www.davidschwartz.com