Save the Crash-Test Dummies- A Book by Jennifer A. Swanson

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RWYK Podcast Welcomes Back Jennifer A. Swanson- Save the Crash-Test Dummies

Happy Tuesday listeners!

Our guest today is a Science Geek, Author, and Speaker. Please welcome our dean of all things STEM & STEAM and the author of a brand NEW book Save the Crash-Test Dummies, Jennifer A. Swanson!

Jennifer encourages kids (of all ages) to engage their curiosity and DISCOVER Science all around them!

Jennifer tells us all about her fascinating new book. Filled with fun four‐wheeled nuggets of history and explanations of how cars actually work, this nonfiction book from former science educator and award-winning author Jennifer Swanson will appeal to lovers of all things that go and readers who are interested in getting in under the hood and seeing how things work.


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.

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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More about “Save the Crash-test Dummies”

Save the Crash-test DummiesThis entertaining book navigates readers through the history of car production and offers a front‐seat view of the science and engineering that makes the world’s most important vehicle safe for us to drive.

Cars take us to work. To school. To soccer practice. To the grocery store and home again. Can you imagine a world without them? It’s not easy! One of the reasons we can use cars so much in our everyday lives is because they are safe to drive. But that hasn’t always been the case. If it weren’t for the experiments conducted over decades that involved all kinds of crash test volunteers―dead, alive, animal, or automated―cars as we know them might not be around. And then how would you get to school?

Grab your copy on Amazon!



Interview Talking Points & Questions:

  • How does her book Save the Crash-Test Dummies, help in getting kids interested in STEM through the Crash test Dummies? (8:25)
  • Why do you think the concept of flying cars is fascinating for us?
  • Her obsession with self-driving cars and how did her obsession led her to write a book about it?  (9:10)
  • What kind of things kids will learn after reading Save the Crash-Test Dummies? (12:53)
  • What do you hope kids will take away from this book? (27:50)




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


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