5. A Rat, a Rocket and Science with Joan Marie Galat - The FOLD

5. A Rat, a Rocket and Science with Joan Marie Galat

Ages 8+

Session Description

A Rat, a Rocket, and Science with Joan Marie Galat

Discover how scientific facts and imagination mix, and what happens when a journal-keeping lab rat starts thinking about colonizing Mars. We’ll talk about research, misinformation, and correcting mistakes—both in writing and friendships—in this entertaining and informative session based on the STEM-themed middle grade novel: Mortimer: Rat Race to Space.

For ages 8+

Registration

This session and all 2022 FOLD Kids Book Fest virtual sessions will be made available on-demand until December 12 with a virtual pass. Educators who register with a board pass code will continue to have access into the New Year.

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Featured Speaker(s)

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Joan Marie Galat
Bio
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Joan Marie Galat

Joan Marie Galat is the international award-winning author of more than 25 books. Her newest middle grade title—Mortimer: Rat Race to Space (DCB)—is about a journal-writing lab rat intent on using science and YouTube to prove his species is best suited to colonizing Mars. Joan’s STEM-themed books include Solve This! Wild and Wacky Challenges for the Genius Engineer in You (National Geographic Kids) and Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Aurora (Whitecap Books)—a Crystal Kite Award winner. Writing from the Edmonton area, Joan works with two noisy budgies who won’t stay off her keyboard.

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