April 29, 2016

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Amazing Marble Run Mazes | Programming Cookbook

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Librarian and programming expert Holly Storck-Post offers a foolproof program recipe for fun—and educational—marble runs.

SLJ Reviews LEGO WeDo 2.0

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The second-gen robotics system teaches STEM concepts to elementary students.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Smithsonian Learning Lab, Open for Business and Seeking Feedback

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A new, highly visual platform for exploring the riches of the Smithsonian will launch in June 2016. But users are encouraged to explore the Smithsonian Learning Lab now, and librarians, given their curatorial skills, are especially welcome.

DNA Play | Touch and Go

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While genetics is a topic generally taught in secondary schools, an app from Avokiddo introduces the concept of DNA, and mutability, to a younger audience.

Real-World STEM: a Library Bio Lab and a Sixth-Grade Code Curriculum

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A Brooklyn middle school teacher who built a computer science class from scratch and a California public librarian who created a library bio lab shared the stage at the Lead the Change session “STEM in the Real World.”

Review: Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror!

About a year and a half ago, I had the pleasure of reading the first Stinky Cecil book. At the time, I decided to read the book to my son, then in pre-K, who loved the story and would often ask me when the next part was coming out. Over time he asked me about […]

LittleBits Announces STEAM Student Set at SXSWEdu

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LittleBits has launched the STEAM Student Set, the first version of the popular electronic building blocks geared for the education market.

Want to Start a STEM Program? Assess Your Community Needs First

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Resisting the urge to jump right in to creating a STEM program is smart. Here are three great examples to illustrate what you should do instead.

Making, With a Rube Goldberg Twist

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Building contraptions inspired by the inventor and cartoonist teaches students about physics, problem-solving, and cause and effect.

Lessons from New Jersey’s Annual Makers Day

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Here’s how a tiny, can-do team from Piscataway, NJ started an annual tradition celebrating maker culture statewide—and how you can too.

Vernier to Host Free Workshops for Science and STEM Educators

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Learn how to use new hardware, software, and mobile technologies in physics, chemistry, biology, environmental, Earth science, and middle school science curriculums— for free!

Great Science Fiction for Middle Graders | Focus On

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Middle grade sci-fi titles that start with reality-based ideas and then blast off.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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

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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.

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

A Thematic Approach to Planning Your Maker Space

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

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

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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!

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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

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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 […]