Mayim Bialik Teams Up With DC Comics With New Educational YA Book “Flash Facts”
Actress Mayim Bialik is a well-known geek. With a PhD in neuroscience, she is as smart as the on-screen character she played in The Big Bang Theory. Bialik is also the author of several non-fiction titles, on parenting and puberty. And now she is teaming up with DC Comics for a new title. The YA educational book Flash Facts has Mayim Bialik curating a selection of educational stories in comic form.
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The Flash And Friends Teach Kids About STEM
A synopsis for Flash Facts describes the conceit of the book, and how the Flash is involved. “Everyone’s favorite Scarlet Speedster is here to answer all your burning questions! Barry Allen, with the help of some of his close friends, will take readers on an exciting journey that examines everything from the vast expanse of our galaxy to the smallest living organism known to man.”
An official book trailer featuring Mayim Bialik describes how Flash Facts will delve into scientific mysteries and cutting edge technology. Various stories will take a look at forensics, outer space, and virtual reality.
Flash Facts will contain stories and illustrations from a variety of writers and artists. Among the contributors are New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop (TombQuest); Dustin Hansen (Microsaurs), Cecil Castelluci (Batgirl), Kirk Scroggs (Snoop Troop). Corinna Bechko, Amanda Deibert, Vita Ayala, and Amy Chu are also onboard.
Using Comic Books For Education
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According to a press release: “Flash Facts is a unique pairing of STEM, comics and DC Super Heroes. The book provides a helpful bridge between lessons taught inside the classroom and our everyday lives by demonstrating some of the most kid-approved subjects like virtual reality; 3-D printing, forensics, space and so much more, through iconic DC characters like Batman, the Flash, Supergirl and Cyborg who use STEM as part of their hero identity.”
The press release also acknowledges the challenges of education during the pandemic and reinforces the importance of helping kids learn any way they can. In addition to online learning, comic books can be a great place to learn about scientific principles. The book also comes with at-home experiments that kids and parents can do together. “In the age of at-home learning, parents and teachers can feel at ease giving Flash Facts to their aspiring superheroes knowing the book was vetted by a team of educational experts to ensure scientific accuracy. After reading, kids and families can put their newfound STEM knowledge to the test with a collection of fun, super-heroic science experiments at the back of the book.”
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DC Comics has a sneak preview of the book up online, with a story featuring Batman and Robin as they try to perfect flame-resistant technology for the Batsuit. You can check out the preview online at DC Comics.
Flash Facts will be out from DC Comics on February 2, 2020. You can also catch Mayim Bialik back on television in her new show Call Me Kat. For all the genre news and reviews, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.