The GALACTIC ACADEMY OF SCIENCE is Tumblehome Learning’s keynote series.
GAS is designed to stimulate general interest in science & engineering and to encourage student participation in inquiry based STEM competitions through engagement in a fun and exciting adventure, mystery, CSI mission or other storyline embedded with both scientific content knowledge and methods. [STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering & Math].
Each book of the series follows a model, with different subject matter and storylines, and some different characters along the way. All GAS books feature a group of middle school children (usually a boy & girl pair) from diverse backgrounds, facing an impending science fair project or other school or personal challenge. Suddenly, the kids are faced with a perfidious present-day crime that needs historical knowledge of science or engineering to solve it. Under the guidance of a Dude or Dudette from the Future (pictured above, Quarkum Phonon and Selectra Volt), the kids use a special device to travel through time and visit pivotal scientists of the past, gain key knowledge, solve the crime, ace the science/engineering/math competition, and become inducted into the GALACTIC ACADEMY OF SCIENCE, or GAS.
Each book has a corresponding kit, activity and/or game/software package that supplements the storyline and subject matter of the book. The following are some of the subjects covered by the initial GAS books in our ongoing series:
- stratigraphy (the study of rock layers and deposition), comparative biology, basic paleontology concepts, evolution, and geologic history of the Earth
– basics of computing, programming, software architecture, how networks and the Internet work
– codes, cryptography, basic computers, math and pattern recognition
– neurology, emergency/trauma/sports medicine, athlete injury & recovery, human biology
“The first four books of the Galactic Academy of Science series blend elements of science fiction, time-travel, and mystery into fast-paced novels ideal for young people ages 9-13. Pendred Noyce’s “The Desperate Case of the Diamond Chip” (9780985000806) sends young Mae and Clinton on a time-traveling trip to teach them more about how science and electronics work – when they’re not dodging the gestapo or skydiving from a plane! Barnas Monteith’s “The Furious Case of the Fraudulent Fossil” (9780985000851) takes Benson and Anita on a museum visit, which spirals into a series of adventures from confronting Chinese imperial soldiers to exploring the harsh landscape of the American West. Pendred Noyce & Roberta Baxter’s “The Vicious Case of the Viral Vaccine” (9780985000875) has Mae and Clinton witness humanity’s historic battles against lethal diseases such as smallpox, rabies, polio, as well as the pioneering work of people like Louis Pasteur, Jonas Salk, Maurice Hilleman and more to make the world a healthier place. In Barnas Monteith & Roberta Baxter’s “The Harrowing Case of the Hackensack Hacker” (9780985000882), Anita and Benson must work together to save not only the Galactic Academy of Science, but also the Earth from a rampaging computer virus! Peppered with occasional color illustrations, all four books strive to educate as well as entertain, and are excellent addition to public, middle school, and junior high school library collections.” — Midwest Book Review
With our core GAS Series, and with THL publications in general, we encourage the recognition of those scientists, engineers, mathematicians – and even students – who do great scientific deeds and/or try their best to preserve scientific integrity.