The Wow Factor

Every story needs a plot. Science stories are no exception. Facts and trivia are fun and compelling, but it is the storyline that can bring a science topic to life, especially for young readers.  Science is sweat and tears, conflicts, controversy, and serendipity.  One scientist’s accidental discovery, determined personality, or fresh perspective may just shift a paradigm.  These “behind the scenes” glimpses of science helps a kid feel like an insider, with an appreciation for scientific process that they don’t get from a fact-studded encyclopedic approach.  I think the human side can be the real “wow” factor, as in “wow, I’d like to do that, too. “