Many of us will agree that maths and sciences are not given proper attention in school. They are seen as something only for the geeky students. Certainly, girls do not receive enough encouragement to learn about, and pursue careers in, those fields.
Otto Fong, former science teacher at the Raffles Institute in Singapore, finally left his teaching post last year to follow his dream to be a full time cartoonist.
His cartooning is firmly rooted in his teaching, though: his first two books, Sir Fong and Sir Fong 2: Fur-O-Cious, are both about his experiences as a teacher and science figures prominently in the humor.
Otto’s latest release is Sir Fong’s Adventures in Science, Book 1. It marks the first in a series of 100% Singaporean science comic books. Using humor and an engaging story line to talk about science topics – particularly those covered in the local school curriculum – he encourages students to find the fun side of science.
“Children love the cute bunny students and parents love the lively science coverage.” Otto explains.
Currently, the book is just for sale in Singapore although I personally hope that it will find wider distribution. Anything that will help children enjoy and engage in science is a good thing.
If you have friends or family in Singapore who want a fun way to learn science or are interesting in a great science coming book for their primary or secondary school children, please let them know that there is an event this Saturday, August 30th at the Kinokuniya Main Store at the Crossroads.
From 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Sir Fong’s creator, Otto Fong, will be there signing books, answering questions, and helping people gain a life-long passion for science and learning.
Please pass along the news and, if you are in Singapore this weekend, consider stopping by.