November 30, 2015

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Pumpkins, Pyramids, & Pixels: Science & Technology | Series Nonfiction


STEM offshoots continue to proliferate as authors and publishers find ingenious new angles with which to present well-worked topics and material, from a look at innovative inventions to a glimpse at engineering efforts.

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A Thematic Approach to Planning Your Maker Space


Tips from Laura Fleming, author of “Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace at Your School.”

First-Ever “Public Libraries & STEM” Event Forges New Alliances


Professionals from the library, education, and STEM fields gathered last week in Denver to participate in “Public Libraries & STEM,” the first conference of its kind to convene leaders from these arenas to examine current and future practices at the intersection of librarianship and science, technology, engineering, and math.

Nepris: matchmaker for STEAM learning

Nepris is a social community devoted to a particular type of matchmaking–to connecting teachers and students with a global database network of industry professionals and experts.  It could also be a secret weapon for teacher librarians as we think of a broader notion of collection for a global, walls-free landscape. Winner of a 2015 REVERE […]

Surprise—It’s STEM for Toddlers!


These sorting, stacking, and other hands-on activities in libraries support math and science learning. Also: a STEM storytime booklist for toddlers and online resources for teaching pre-K STEM.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Perfect Partners: Libraries and the Nationwide Pre–K Movement

Illustration by Nancy Carpenter

As studies increasingly show that early learning supports later student achievement, financial investment on the national, state, and local level has increased. Libraries are showing that they can be ideal partners in this effort.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Keep ’em Coming Back for S’mores | Programs That Pop

Every teen librarian knows programs that offer snacks are usually a hit and can even entice teens reluctant to join in the fun. With that in mind, we offer many teen programs that include snacks, from Chocolate Fest to Pizza Gardening. When the Student Ambassadors proposed making a solar-powered s’mores oven for an Earth Day activity, we knew it would be a hit.

Circulating Maker Kits, part two – Putting the Kits Together (with a book list)

As step three in our efforts to fully embrace the Maker movement, and in conjunction with our Maker Collection of circulating titles, we are putting together Circulating Maker Kits (CMKs) that will check out to the public and provide our community with some simple but fun hands on introductions to Making. The Public Library of […]

STEM-Themed Library Backpacks Encourage Outdoor Exploration

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Binoculars, star charts, fishing nets, and other items in backpacks for checkout encourage Massachusetts kids to get out and follow their curiosity.

Supporting Students with STEM Programming at the Library | Tech Tidbits


High school teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares tips for implementing STEM programming at the library, including partnering with local maker spaces, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Charged! From Atoms to Electricity | Touch and Go


Today’s app reviews cover introductions to foundational science topics studied at one point during every student’s career.

3-D Printing: Worth the Hype? | The Maker Issue


What is 3-D printing exactly, and how does it serve kids? Here’s a walk-through.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Lulzbot 3-D Printer Giveaway

Lulzbot TAZ 5

Some lucky classrooms and libraries will receive 3-D printers in a giveaway sponsored by Aleph Objects, in conjunction with the White House Science Fair.

Follett Forges Ebook Partnership with Carolina Biological Supply


Follett has recently announced an ebook partnership with Carolina Biological Supply, a provider of science lab materials and curricula.

“Rosie Revere, Engineer” Headed to Space


The picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, will travel to the International Space Station as part of the Story Time from Space program from the Global Space Education Foundation.

Best Databases: Watch science spring into action with these must-have resources


SLJ has reviewed all of the year’s databases in anticipation of our best of list. The results are in: a roster of dynamic and on-point databases that will more than meet 21st-century student needs.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Fayetteville Free Library’s Geek Girl Camp: Creating a Community of Future STEM Leaders


The Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) ran its pilot Geek Girl Camp program this past summer, launching rockets, creating a giant human Makey Makey circuit, and unleashing a slew of future female STEM leaders.

Collaboration Leads to Top-notch STEM Programming at the Library

Forensics with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, December 2013

Electrocuting pickles at the library?! This was one of the many demonstrations on light brought to the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library through collaboration with the library’s own Science Task Force and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Take 5: The Robot Test Kitchen’s Reading List

Take 5: The Robot Test Kitchen’s Reading List

The five of us in the Robot Test Kitchen all came to this project from different comfort levels with technology. Some of us couldn’t get enough of it, some of us were skilled at it, some of us were dragging our heels, and some of us were curious but trepidatious. Some of us were a […]

Librarian Helps Snag $7 Million Federal STEM Grant for Indiana High School


At Pike High School in Indianapolis, IN, school librarian Chad Heck is playing a significant role in a $7 million grant, which is set to transform the grade 9–12 campus—and the way the school library is perceived by the district.