Bringing Science to Life with Max Axiom

Bringing Science to Life with Max Axiom

by Susannah White, 1 Oct 2016

Max Axiom graphic novels use a story-based approach to introduce learners to scientific concepts. We look at the success behind this formula.

In each of the Max Axiom, Super Scientist graphic novels readers take an exciting learning journey with the hero, finding out about scientific concepts and processes on the way.  Max is joined by a cast of experts - and very importantly there are female as well as male scientists playing a role.

These books fill a huge gap between the dry textbook approach and the 'fun experiment' type books, which may be enjoyable, but often fail to formalise what children have learned in an engaging, clear and accurate manner.  What is particularly impressive about this range is that the books do not shy away from using terminology despite being aimed principally at younger (7-12 year old) learners.  Key vocabulary is highlighted and explained.

Some of the editions include ideas for practical activities to allow children to further investigate the topics.  Each book also contains a page at the back, formalising the information contained.  This is a useful section for parents and teachers, especially those who are not completely familiar with the topic and for children who are interested in taking the topic further.  It could also be used as a resource to extend the learning of children identified as able in the subject.

Finally, a glossary (with pronunciation tips) is included at the back along with some references to relevant resources and internet sites. 

As an educator and a parent, I love everything about this series:  the pictures, the range of topics covered and the format. My only criticism is that the series does not seem to be available as a box-set, which would be a great investment for any Key Stage Two classroom or home-educating family.