Episode 91: How Do Scientists Get Kids Excited about STEM?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Jermey Matthews, chemical engineer and MIT Press book editor

Dr. Jermey Matthews

Jermey N. A. Matthews, PhD joined the MIT Press in 2016 after working for nine years as industry reporter and book reviews editor for Physics Today magazine. He holds a PhD degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland.

In 2021, Jermey was promoted to senior acquisitions editor at The MIT Press, where he publishes books on topics in the physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics. He also helped launch two new children’s book imprints, MIT Kids Press and MITeens Press. Independent of–and prior to–his work with MIT, he cofounded STEM Reads Book Club, a community for educators, librarians, and parents to discover and discuss children’s STEM books.

STEM Reads Website: www.stemreadsbookclub.com

Social Bio: https://sleek.bio/jnamatthews

Instagram: @stemreads

Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn: Also @stemreads

Publication Highlights: 

  • The Atom: A Visual Tour by Jack Challoner. A perennial bestseller on Amazon 
  • The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe by Clifford Johnson. Named a 2018 “book of the year” by NPR Science Friday
  • The Curie Society by Heather Einhorn, Adam Stafforoni, and Janet Harvey. The first-ever YA original graphic novel from the MIT Press.
  • Mage Merlin’s Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries. A highly illustrated Arthurian adventure through 16 famous unsolved mathematical problems, accessible to anyone with a middle school math background. 
  • (MIT Kids Press) Ada and the Galaxies by Alan Lightman
  • (MIT Kids Press) I’m a Neutrino by Eve Vavagiakis


Challenge: Go out and read a STEAM/STEM book! It can be about a topic you like, or maybe one you don’t, just give it a try.

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Recommended Reading:

Astronaut- Aquanaut book by Jennifer Swanson


Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact (NGKids)  by Jennifer Swanson

Journey from the deepest trenches in the oceans to the farthest humans have ventured into space and learn what it takes to explore the extremes. You might just be surprised by how similar the domains of ASTRONAUTS and AQUANAUTS really are.





Book List:

Space Exploration for Kids: A Junior Scientist’s Guide to Astronauts, Rockets, and Life in Zero Gravity by Bruce Betts Ph.D.

The Ultimate Book of Space by Anne-Sophie Baumann (Author), Olivier Latyck (Illustrator)

If You Were a Kid Docking at the International Space Station (If You Were a Kid) by Josh Gregory (Author), Jason Raish (Illustrator)


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