Join us for this exciting literacy event as we meet Knoxville scientist and writer Dr. Adrian Gonzalez, author of the Lola Dérez STEM Mystery series. Gonzalez, an environmental scientist and director of the University of Tennessee’s Water Quality Core Facility, wants to show young people that science and math are all around them, how it impacts their daily lives, and how it can be used to help people. The series features teen Lola Dérez and the adventures that lead her to discover how STEM can help solve mysteries.
WBIR journalist María Guzmán, a native of Nicaragua, will interview Dr. Gonzalez about what inspired him to become a scientist, how and when he decided to inspire youth to explore STEM, and his journey in learning the craft of storytelling and how he applies it to the Lola Dérez series.
Gonzalez was inspired to write the series to help children from underrepresented populations connect to the world of STEM—and hopefully motivate them to pursue STEM careers. The first book in the series was published in 2022 and the second is scheduled to come out later this year.
Books will be available for purchase and personalized signing by Dr. Gonzalez. Appetizers and wine will be served. Guests will have a chance to win door prizes. Tickets are $50 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.