Sep 2, 2015
Over the past few months, I have been working with local artist Laura Sorvala from Auralab. We are both keen on science and both comic book fans, so we decided to make a comic book. The comic book is going to accompany our education programme, particularly our partnership with Universe in the Classroom (a primary school programme in Wales, UK). Sarah Eve Roberts (who works jointly for LCOGT and Universe in the Classroom) was also involved in creating the comic book and will be using it as a learning resource in Welsh schools. A part of that programme is about empowering kids to see themselves as scientists, and the key to making that happen is to encourage them to ask questions.
That was how we came up with the idea that questions which seem like they might be 'stupid' can lead to real scientific discoveries, and are not stupid at all.
Example of part of the story.
We came up with the character Ada, a young, curious girl on the bus to school. We wanted a familiar environment for kids, but something outside the formal structure of the classroom.
The comicbook is black and white so that it can be easily printed in schools, freely photocopied and kids can colour in the pictures.
I personally want to thank Laura for coming up with such amazing art and narrative for the comic book. I'm really looking forward to taking this out into schools.
Update: Since this first comicbook, a further 2 stories have been published and are available from the Ada's Adventures in Science website.
"There is No Such Thing as a Stupid Question" by Laura Sorvala and Edward Gomez is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, so as many people as possible can explore it.
If you would like to print and distribute this comicbook in full, outside of the scope of this licence, please contact us using: firstname.lastname@example.org
This work was supported by LCOGT and the Welsh Government.