Punking In The Classroom

Using steampunk to teach science, history, perspective, morality, religion, and ethics was the topic of discussion on Friday, International A (W). Presenter Emily P. Bush headed up a panel of authors and educators.

The room was set up as a roundtable discussion, allowing participants to ask questions of the panel. The venue filled quickly, with a few sitting on the floor. Many topics came up, like what books to utilize with lower level readers and how to engage students.

An array of books appropriate for kids aged three to teens made the rounds. YA steampunk is definitely an area with growth potential. It’s a great way to introduce a genre and to encourage creative thinking. It may also stimulate young inventors to come with new masterpieces.

This panel had the audience’s attention right out of the gate. A lot of the participants were teachers; a lot were not. The bottom line is finding ways to get kids interested in steampunk.

Author of the article

Award-winning author Amanda Faith may have been raised in Dayton, but her heart and home is in the South. With a lifelong love of teaching and writing, she had plenty of encouragement from teachers and friends along the way. Loving a good puzzle has always been a fascination, and writing gives her the outlet to put all the pieces together. Being adventurous and loving to try new things, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves in unusual situations. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how they interact, taking them on journeys they would never have normally experienced. Her current adventure working as a high school English professor turned Media Specialist, writing, and doing paranormal investigations doesn’t slow her down from having a great time with a plethora of hobbies. Her published credits include several short stories, poetry, several journal articles, her doctoral dissertation, and her award-winning book Strength of Spirit. With multiple degrees, she has a passion for learning and exploring new venues. She is a staff writer for The Daily Dragon at Dragon Con. Check out her new website (www.amandafaith.net) or on Instagram (@dramandafaith)