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October 1, 2014

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Taking the Teen Summer Challenge to New Heights, Pierce County Style

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At Pierce County Library System (WA), staff recognized that their summer reading program needed to be reimagined. The Teen Summer Challenge was created to provide a more meaningful experience for their tweens and teens.

Pictures of the Week: Scieszka and Barnett Keynote Bank Street Book Awards Ceremony

Former National Ambassador of Children's Literature Jon Sciezka and award-winning writer Mac Barnett, coauthors of Battle Bunny were the keynoters of XXX.

Former National Ambassador of Children’s Literature Jon Sciezka (l.) and award-winning writer Mac Barnett (r.), coauthors of the recent Battle Bunny, were the keynoters at the Bank Street College of Education’s annual book awards ceremony.

10 Tips for Adding STEM Concepts to Storytime

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The authors of Storytimes for Everyone: Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy (ALA, 2013) provide guidance for incorporating science and math concepts into traditional storytimes.

Summer Reading: STEM Fun with Ooblek of Dr. Seuss, MaKey MaKey, and Scratch

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Integrating STEM with your summer reading program doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Got a banana? Some cream of tartar? Let the fun, and learning, begin.

STEM Learning: ‘MoMath’ Every Month at NYC’s Museum of Mathematics

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On April 11, a card trick expert—featured last year in the New York Times—will perform for kids at NYC’s Museum of Mathematics’s ‘Family Fridays.’ Held monthly, Time Warner Cable ‘Family Fridays’ at the Museum of Mathematics invites children and families to join mathematical innovators from around the country to experience the fun and engaging aspects of math.

Scholastic Presents Math@Work: ‘Top Chef’ Hosted Webcast Tying Classroom Math to Culinary Careers

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Register now for Scholastic’s April 29 webcast of Math@Work in which The Chew’s Carla Hall and recent Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi get together with three NYC high school students to create healthy dishes and discover the links between classroom math and the careers they aspire to.

Robots, Rockets, Cool Cars: New High-Interest STEM Books | Series Made Simple

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Longtime reviewer and children’s literature consultant John Peters takes an in-depth look at new nonfiction series that focus on STEM topics such as robotics, measuring, and big machines.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

TLNews Night: On student voice

TLNews Night: On student voice

Last night I attended the Special Spring Break Edition of TL News Night featuring some of the amazing men of libraryland: Andy Plemmons, Shannon Thompson Stacy Ford and Dhaivyd Hilgendorf.  Sherry Gick and Nikki Robertson moderated. The conversation focused on student voice. And it was pretty darn special, with practical, engaging, inexpensive and sticky learning [...]

Make the STEM connection | The Next Big Thing

Make the STEM connection | The Next Big Thing

Put the “science” back in library science and help support STEM learning

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Build Better Robots with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 | SLJ Review

Build Better Robots with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 | SLJ Review

“The EV3 is one of those toys that transcends consumerism and becomes a pathway into new kinds of hands-on production and learning for kids and adults alike,” writes Chad Sansing in our review of LEGO’s latest version of the popular Mindstorms robotics platform.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Star-Studded Science for Common Core Support │ JLG’s On the Radar

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Scientists encounter amazing phenomena in their work. Narrative nonfiction provides readers with answers and teachers with informational texts for curriculum standards support. The following science titles, selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild, are sure to foster an interest in knowing more about our world, and the scientists who study it.

The first ever (?) cell phone carnival!

The first ever (?) cell phone carnival!

Last week, Tammy Pirmann and our STEM 1 Class hosted, what we think, may be the first ever Cell Phone Carnival. Tammy, K12 Coordinator for Computer Science, is also our high school STEM teacher. The curriculum for her two mixed-grade classes called for a Rube Goldberg-type of machine as the students’ first project.   But [...]

Howard County (MD) Libraries to Expand HiTech Initiative with $267,500 IMLS Grant

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Maryland’s Howard County Library System, 2013 Gale/LJ Library of the Year, will use the $276,500 grant it has received from the Institute of Library & Museum Services (IMLS) to expand its HiTech program. The program is a STEM education initiative for teens that provides project-based classes in such skill areas as computer programming, 3-D animation, green energy, nanotechnology, music/video production, ebooks, game app design, cybersecurity, and robotics.

Students Master STEM At Space Camp

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Though the U.S. is still trying to push students to absorb more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL—aka Rocket City—has been steering hopeful scientists for decades, since opening the doors to Space Camp in 1982. Space Camp is a STEM education fantasy world, in which kids in attendance experience days of STEM learning wrapped into intensive space exploration and rocketry know-how.

STEAM, a Pinterest Board

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Curious about STEAM? Check out School Library Journal’s Pinterest board, curated by children’s librarian Amy Koester, author of our October 2013 cover story, “Full STEAM Ahead: Injecting Art and Creativity into STEM.”

Full STEAM Ahead: Injecting Art and Creativity into STEM

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STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) is part of a new trend that integrates hands-on learning with STEM. It taps into children’s natural interests while also facilitating informal learning. Show Me Librarian Amy Koester shares how school and public librarians can incorporate STEAM into their programs.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Amy Koester’s Favorite STEAM Programs

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Children’s librarian Amy Koester shares some of her go-to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) programs, for all ages.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Making + Tech + Arts = STEAM | Feedback

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STEAM education engages young people in science and technology through collaboration and invention, much the same as a maker space does. In fact, many aspects of the best maker spaces already exist in school libraries. Two readers weigh in.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Design to Learn By: Dynamic Early Learning Spaces in Public Libraries

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A design revolution is reinventing the children’s room in public libraries and changing the way young children learn. This new breed of literacy-packed play spaces in libraries is inspired by children’s museums and the developmental theories that drive them.

CC’s Seventh Shift | On Common Core

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The very language of the Common Core State Standards calls for librarians’ key skills: research; equipping students to access, evaluate, and synthesize information; and strengthening literacy. Paige Jaeger, a coordinator of school library services in Saratoga Springs, NY argues that librarians can build a strong case for a seventh shift in the CCSS: research.