August 17, 2017

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I Went to a STEAMFest and This is What I Learned

Monday night our local school district – where I live, not where I work – hosted a district wide STEAMFest and I took my family, but I also went to scope things out – as one does. Overall, this was a well crafted event that I would love to host (on a slightly smaller scale) […]

Five STEM-themed Chapter Books & Lesson Plan Ideas

These five fictional chapter books introduce scientific concepts in entertaining and accessible ways.

Totally! How Libraries Are Preparing for the Eclipse

Kid-oriented activities related to the total solar eclipse on August 21.

33 Winning Back-to-School Ideas

From VR and mystery parties to STEAM projects and life-skills programs, these initiatives ignite curiosity.

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Standout STEM Reads | SLJ Spotlight

Most children’s and YA books on STEM subjects can be a tad didactic; however, these recent offerings are anything but dull.

Your 3-D Printer Hates You. Now Let’s Get Started!

Avoid these snafus—and design a 3-D printing program that you and your community will love.

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Smithsonian and Lenovo Partner on K–12 STEAM Initiative

A successful after-school pilot program in Palm Beach, FL, will soon be making its way across the country.

Curiosity Machine: Science Tied to the Curriculum and the Maker Movement | SLJ Review

The 80-plus engineering challenges on the Curiosity Machine site are inspired by man-made and natural structures.

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MI District Adopts “Mixed Reality” Technology for Students

Students at Utica Community Schools are exploring interactive 3-D models using zSpace, which blends augmented and virtual reality technology. With a model of a functioning heart, for example, they can move it around and look inside.

School STEM Programs Designed by the Experts

Dynamic K–12 programs created by university researchers and engineers.

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Hello, Space Station! Teens Chat with an Astronaut via Ham Radio

Through a NASA educational program, a Kansas teen librarian developed a related STEM curriculum that culminated in radio contact with the International Space Station.

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Reading (and Engineering with) “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

Here’s how a school community of 1,200 students, ranging in age from four to 18, came together to pull off an all-school read of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” that will be talked about for years.

Technology, Pure and Simple: General Science | Series Nonfiction

Black holes, drones, and prehistoric beasts…oh my! A wondrous exploration of STEM fields awaits.

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How To Start a Baking Club at the Library

Want to start a baking club at your library but not sure where to start? Teen librarian Lindsey Tomsu has you covered.

3 “STEM”-ulating Biographies

These recent titles tackle complex STEM topics suitable for any classroom.

Summer Programming Inspirations, from Scavenger Hunts to Lunch at the Library

With reading boot camp, a makermobile, and more, these libraries are ready for summer break.

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15 STEM Titles To Celebrate Women

A splendid mix of fiction and nonfiction female-centered STEM books for children and teens.

LittleBits Introduces First Game-Based Coding Kit

The littleBits Code Kit leverages the hands-on building of a game to make coding accessible.

Go Science! Inspiring Young Minds | Editorial

Connecting our children to the ongoing work of science can leave them in awe of those who forge the way by revealing how our world works.

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Science Award Opportunity; #BlackSTEMLikeMe | News Bites

Our round-up of news briefs includes award-worthy librarians, a teen who made the most of her love of books, and new opportunities for STEM exploration.