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Krustchinsky’s ‘Edible Science’ Now in Chinese
8/7/2012
Photo: Dr. Rick KrustchinskyPublishing a book is a great achievement, but having that book translated into another language is an honor. Dr. Rick Krustchinsky, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education at University of St. Thomas, wrote “Incredible Edible Science: Recipes for Developing Science and Literary Skills!” The award-winning book, co-authored with Liz Plaster, a former graduate student at UST, is now translated into Chinese.

“I have always had it in the back of my mind to publish a book, so when I was able to do this it was very exciting,” Krustchinsky said. “Then, when you couple that with the idea that someone across the globe would like to publish your book, that doubles the pleasure.”

The aim of “Incredible Edible Science” is to provide everything needed to teach important science and literacy skills to children in exciting ways. Each educational experience uses simple, inexpensive materials and includes vocabulary words and questions to ask children to encourage their interactions and learning.

Photo: Dr. Rick KrustchinskyPublished in 2010, “Incredible Edible Science” sold several thousand copies in its first quarter and has continued to do well. In 2011, it won Learning Magazine’s prestigious Teacher’s Choice Award. Recently, a publisher in Russia expressed interest in translating and publishing it. Krustchinsky knew he had written a high-quality book, but did not realize it would have this type of success.

While working in science education and writing numerous articles prepared Krustchinsky for the publication of his book, his book dedication says his students have provided the most inspiration:

“And to the thousands of students that have been in my classes over the past 30 years: You have inspired me to continually want to grow and develop as an educator. Thank you for teaching me more about life and the education profession than I could ever teach you.”

Krustchinsky has taught at UST for more than 30 years. He teaches courses on math and science education and is known for his unconventional teaching methods. View a class on the integration of mathematics and literature where he uses costumes and props to keep his students engaged and interested in learning how to use children’s stories while teaching mathematics.

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