December 12, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

I’ve Got Cardboard and a Sphero. Now What?

Bowling, Skee-Ball, ramp parks, and more, Alisha Wilson, SLJ‘s 2017 Maker Hero, provides activity suggestions for Sphero and Ollie in the library.

To the Moon and Back: STEM Series with High Interest

The wonders of our galaxy and the death-defying acts of circus performers will prompt students to contemplate on physics, earth science, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Cheap Thrills: Maker Projects that Won’t Break Your Budget

Activities that involve cardboard, straws, and T-shirts can deliver a big burst of STEAM, while costing very little.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Reference Titles on Sharks, Medical Marvels, & More

Explore the world of tiger sharks and great whites; give kids their first glimpse of geography; and examine the history of medicine.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Maker Movement Grows in K-12, with Librarians Leading the Way, Finds SLJ Survey

Since 2014, when SLJ conducted its first maker survey, maker activities have increased by four percent at the elementary and middle school levels.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Middle Grade: New Titles from Jason Reynolds, Alan Gratz, Robert Beatty, & More | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

Strong female protagonists survive and thrive in Beatty and Reynolds’ sequels; fiction and math mix in a bilingual “One Minute Mysteries” installment.

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Nonfiction from Clinton, Tonatiuh, & More | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

New books from Clinton, Tonatiuh, and others.

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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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.