The wonders of science and the complexities of math will come alive in a whole new way for students at Tashkent International School during the week of March 9 when American children’s author David M. Schwartz pays them a visit.
Taking his own natural curiosity of the world around him, David started his writing career with the math book How Much is a Million? Since then, his collection has grown to more than 50 books, including Millions to Measure, G is for Googol, and fun science books, such as Where in the Wild, Rotten Pumpkin and Q is for Quark.
The week at TIS will start off on Monday, March 9 with a morning assembly where Mr. Schwartz will receive special Uzbek gifts and be welcomed to TIS by students speaking in several languages. The assembly will continue with a student song and other presentations.
During the course of the week, Mr. Schwartz will visit various elementary and middle school classrooms, bringing math and science concepts to life. Students in grades 9 and 10 will participate in writing seminars led by Mr. Schwartz, and on Thursday, students who have purchased one of David Schwartz’s books can have them signed by the author.
Later that day, during the after-school activity period, David will give a presentation to parents and children called “Numbers, Numbers Everywhere” in the elementary library. And on Friday, he will participate in middle school Pi Day activities.
As a child, David says he was filled with wonder about the universe, which is where his love for math and science began.
“The huge numbers of stars and their sizes and distances never failed to amaze me. With binoculars and magnifying glass, I also focused on closer subjects like birds, flowers, frogs and bugs.But science and math weren’t my only fascinations: I also loved bicycles, baseball, boats…and ice cream,” David writes on his website.
Now he has taken this love, excitement and sense of wonder and shares it with children and adults around the world through his books and presentations. But most importantly, he still possesses the childlike-amazement that originally inspired him.
“I spend much of my time finding unusual, whimsical ways to make math and science come alive for kids and teachers, both through my writing and through speaking at schools and conferences. I also write science articles for magazines, including Smithsonian,” David says on his website.
“To do the research, I’ve made exciting trips to some of the more remote corners of several continents. I’ve been to Africa to study hippos, to South America to visit an indigenous tribe living in the rain forest, and to far northern Scotland to track illegal egg collectors.But I still love the land outside my door in northern California, and the same distant stars that inspired me years ago,” he writes.
For more information about David M. Schwartz and his science and math books, visit his website at http://davidschwartz.com/.