RWYK STEM Tuesday Special— Epic Achievements and Fantastic Failures

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In Conversation with Jennifer Swanson on RWYK STEM Tuesday Special Episode— Epic Achievements and Fantastic Failures

Welcome to STEM Tuesday on the Reading with Your Kids Podcast!

Today we’re delighted to have our favorite STEM author Jennifer Swanson back on the podcast! She is joining us today to talk about how great things can happen even if there are blunders and mishaps along the way. The pathway to great discoveries is always fascinating. In this episode, Jed and Jennifer delve into some epic achievements and fantastic failures with some terrific STEM titles that will challenge your thinking. Jennifer highlights some of the fascinating books listed on the STEM Tuesday website.

With Stem TuesdayJennifer and Reading With Your Kids aim to inspire kids to become creative writers, thinkers and will encourage their imaginations to SOAR WITH SCIENCE. Our weekly interview with Jennifer will provide parents and educators to teach kids to think critically, abstractly, and creatively.


About Jennifer Swanson

Jennifer SwansonAward-winning author Jennifer Swanson’s love of science began when she started a science club in her garage at the age of 7. While no longer working from the garage, Jennifer’s passion for science resonates in the fascinating 25+ nonfiction and fiction books she has written for children. 

Her book, SUPER GEAR: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up (Charlesbridge) was selected as an NSTA Best STEM book for 2017. Jennifer has received awards from the Pennsylvania TriState Young Adult Review Committee and her books in the “How Things Work” series by The Child’s World were named to the 2012 Booklist’s Top 10 Books for Youth: Series Nonfiction. Top reviews include a starred review in Booklist and recommended reviews from School Librarians Workshop, Library Media Connection, School Library Journal, and the National Science Teacher Association. Jennifer’s new books include releases with National Geographic Kids, Charlesbridge Publishing, and Rosen Publishing.

A perpetual writer, Jennifer is always developing new story ideas and concepts. Keep an eye out for her in the future. You can learn more about her at

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In Our STEM Tuesday Special, we discuss

  • Epic Achievements and Fantastic Failures booklist
  • Books mentioned during the interview: The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving into History by Erik Slader and Ben Thompson; illustrated by Tim Foley, The Wright Brothers for Kids: How They Invented the Airplane, 21 Activities Exploring the Science and History of Flight by Mary Kay Carson, The Book of Massively Epic Engineering Disasters: 33 Thrilling Experiments Based on History’s Greatest Blunders by Sean Connolly, Google It! A History of Google: How Two Students’ Mission to Organize the Internet Changed the World by Anna Crowley Redding, Moon Mission: The Epic 400-Year Journey to Apollo 11 by Sigmund Brouwer
  • Jennifer talks about Epic Achievements and Fantastic Failures– In the Classroom

  • Epic Achievements and Fantastic Failures – Writing Craft and Resources available on the STEM Tuesday website.



Thank you,  Jennifer, for joining us and for sharing your wonderful insights with us!


Check out STEM Tuesday blog for STEM books that ENGAGE. EXCITE. and INSPIRE! Join us each week as a group of dedicated STEM authors highlight FUN topics, interesting resources, and make real-life connections to STEM in ways that may surprise you. #STEMRocks!



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