Magnificent Makers: Diversity and Inclusion in STEM : Short Wave Author and neuroscientist Theanne Griffith talks with Maddie about her children's book series, The Magnificent Makers, which follows two intrepid third graders as they race to complete science-based adventures. (Encore episode)

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The Creation Of The Magnificent Makers

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The Creation Of The Magnificent Makers

The Creation Of The Magnificent Makers

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Theanne Griffith has always loved science and literature. But her career has always focused on the science— specifically, neuroscience. She's now a researcher at the University of California, Davis.

Theanne Griffith is a neuroscientist and author of the children's book series, The Magnificent Makers. Chris Lo Bue/Theanne Griffith hide caption

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Theanne Griffith is a neuroscientist and author of the children's book series, The Magnificent Makers.

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But during her maternity leave, she felt a renewed urgency to embrace that other passion for books and writing.

So, she took the natural next steps: change the good ol' Twitter handle, create a website—plus, of course, write and pitch publishers like mad.

Until finally, The Magnificent Makers children's book series was born.

The books follow two third graders, Violet and Pablo, through science-based adventures. In each book, they are zapped through a magical scientific instrument into an alternate universe, where they complete challenges that test their scientific knowledge. Readers are able to complete exercises along with the pair and at-home experiments are included at the end.

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Brain Trouble, the second book in The Magnificent Makers series.

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The three books in the series include: How to Test a Friendship, Brain Trouble, and Riding Sound Waves.

Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter @maddie_sofia. Email the show at ShortWave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Viet Le and fact-checked by Berly McCoy.