June 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

KIBO, a Screen-Free Coding Set for Young Kids | Tech Review

This learn-to-code robot with a passing resemblance to Mr. Potato Head can be built and re-built.

Tapping the Lifelong Potential of Making | Editorial

Making is having a positive impact on how kids learn and transforming how they feel about the world around them.

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Slime Science

The goopy substance is all the rage—and a great way to explore polymers during library maker activities.

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Maker Grows Up: Committing to Sustainable Programs Nationwide

Strategies for adaptability, financing, and assessment are key to the movement’s future.

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Video: Toy Take-Apart with Kristin Fontichiaro and Ben Rearick

Get out the pliers and roll up your sleeves: All you need to know to lead a toy-take apart session with students.

Good Inventions: Tech Innovations that Help the Community

A school librarian leads student tech projects to design pet prosthetics and traffic safety vests with LED displays.

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Let Teens Lead in Makerspaces

Working successfully with teenage makers can require a hands-off approach that dispenses with structure.

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Adobe Offers $5 Student Access to Creative Cloud

Photoshop and Adobe Premiere for $5? Starting May 15, Adobe will offer its full suite of Creative Cloud applications to K–12 schools at $4.99 per license, per year.

How To Boost Spatial Skills, Key to STEM Learning

A school librarian develops exercises to foster spatial reasoning, prepping students for future success.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

How a Connecticut Library Became a Community STEM Hub

A well conceived tech center and maker lab draws students and community members of all ages.

Trend Alert: Breakerspaces | Library Hacks

Breakerspace. Toy Takeapart. Break & Make. Whatever you call it, a breakerspace lets kids take stuff apart to see what makes it tick.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

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.

Book Review: Bold Women of Medicine: 21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs by Susan M. Latta

Publisher’s description Meet 21 determined women who have dedicated their lives to healing others. In the 19th century, Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton—the “Lady with the Lamp” and the “Angel of the Battlefield”—earned their nicknames by daring to enter battlefields to aid wounded soldiers, forever changing the standards of medicine. Modern-day medical heroines such as […]

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) […]

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.

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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School STEM Programs Designed by the Experts

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

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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.