From 1-4 pm today at the MIT Museum of Science in Cambridge, young visitors will have a chance to write and illustrate original science books with help from MIT student science advisors. The event, part of the week-long Cambridge Science Festival, will utilize Tikatok StorySparks prompts, which are interactive story templates.

Tikatok describes itself as “a free creative community for kids under 13 where they can write, illustrate, and share their original stories, and have them printed out into real hardcover and paperback books.” Two MIT alums are involved in the venture: Orit Zuckerman SM ′06, Co-Founder and CTO; and Neal Grigsby SM ′07, Director of Online Community.

If you’re interested in the event but unable to attend, you can participate remotely by checking into the Tikatok blog. Video of the MIT students, story ideas, and freshly published books will be uploaded regularly. You can also send questions and comments to the Tikatok Twitter account.

Screenshot from a Tikatok book about ladybugs: