Message in a Bottle [Draft]
A STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) Creative Writing Activity for Students Aged 9 - 12
INFORMATION
The Message in a Bottle is an exciting kidlit project that is currently in development. Beginning as a humble Book Week writing workshop, the dream is to grow towards a series of children's adventure books and later a story app.
Goals
Encourage a love of reading in upper primary students

Nurture an interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths STEAM

Introduce children to the fun of creative writing and storytelling

Provide a fun and safe platform where children can practise creative writing
Castaway Kids
An Interactive Story
The Torres twins are marooned on an uninhabited island in the Pacific. While they wait to be rescued, the resourceful twins face a series of challenges and dilemmas that require the use of their knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths. As they encounter difficulties, make discoveries, and solve problems, the twins correspond with other young castaways on neighbouring islands by sending messages in bottles (emails).

The other castaways are students (and their parents) who use a character avatar of their choice. The messages are exchanged by email - the parent's email and the creator's email. For safety, there is no direct email between participants, and everything is sent through the parent's email.

The Message in a Bottle Project is in development with a view to creating a series of children's adventure books with themes relating to resourcefulness, resilience, and STEAM topics. Further development may include a story app. The participants' involvement (questions, suggestions, and solutions) may be included or referenced in subsequent episodes.
Cost
In the development stage, there is no cost to participate.

In the future, there will be:
A subscription fee to participate
Books will be available to purchase
The story app will have a small associated cost

Your student can withdraw from the activity at any time. Parents will be contacted at the end of the development phase to be advised of the outcome and future models.
The Creator
Ali Stegert is an emerging Australian writer and author of children’s literature. After finishing a satisfying career at Northside Christian College, Ali moved to the Sunshine Coast to focus on her work as a children’s author and freelance content creator. Her historical fantasy trilogy, THE WHITHERWORLD CHRONICLES for readers aged nine to twelve years, is currently under consideration by publishing professionals around the world.

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