- Leonardo da Vinci
This quote dominates the career of Robin Stevens Payes, an author, science communicator, and creator of a new transmedia storytelling project comprising a book series and interactive web portal called “Edge of Yesterday.” Payes’ project is the culmination of a lifetime counteracting the common belief that STEM and humanities are opposing forces; for her, one would not exist without the other.
Readers intrigued by the series’ multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary topics can transport themselves into the past and the future on the Edge of Yesterday website. There, they can explore topics ranging from Frida Kahlo to space archeology. Perhaps the most compelling part of Edge of Yesterday are the writers of these articles. By inviting young writers to her platform, Payes gives them an active role in advocating for their own STEAM education. Payes also provides educators and parents a portal through which they can learn best how to serve STEAM learners.
Robin Stevens Payes’ passion for STEAM shines through her ambitious universe for aspiring polymaths. The second book in the series, “Da Vinci’s Way,” was released October 2018.
Alice Chou is a Ph.D. student in Biology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Baltimore, MD. Find her on twitter @overbrainbows.