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ORAU hosts STEM books for babies author, Chris Ferrie, on June 25

“It only takes a small spark to ignite a child’s mind”

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—In a world where toddlers learn to use smartphones and computers before they can walk, is it really too soon to teach them Newton’s three laws of motion or Einstein’s theory of general relativity?  Author Chris Ferrie doesn’t think so.

Ferrie, a physicist and mathematician, knows that teaching children science and technology concepts early is crucial. “We teach our children lengthy words like hippopotamus. Why not teach them to say proton, neutron and electron too?”

ORAU hosts STEM books for babies author, Chris Ferrie, on June 25

Chris Ferrie, author of the Baby University series of board books.

Ferrie will discuss his Baby University series of board books during an appearance at ORAU on Monday, June 25, 2018. He will speak at 1 p.m. at Pollard Auditorium, 210 Badger Road, on the ORAU campus in Oak Ridge. The public is invited to attend. The event is free, but registration is requested. Please register at

Books in Ferrie’s Baby University series include: Quantum Physics for Babies and Newtonian Physics for Babies, which give simple introductions to the principles that give quantum physics and Newton’s laws of motion their names, and General Relativity for Babies, which introduces Einstein’s most famous theory and teaches babies all about black holes, gravitational waves and more. All of the books approach their topics with a tongue-in-cheek humor that adults will love, and bright colorful illustrations to entice the youngest reader.

“As an organization that promotes STEM education for all ages, we share Chris’s view that it only takes a small spark to ignite a child’s mind. His books are a simple but powerful way to ignite the minds of children and parents alike,” says Marie Westfall, K-12 education section manager at ORAU. “We hope teachers and parents will take advantage of this great opportunity to hear from Chris and learn about his wonderful books.”

Copies of Ferrie’s books will be available for purchase at the event. To register for this free event, please visit

About ORAU

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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