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Be a STEM leader!
Do you love Science, Technology, Engineering & Math? Then you are a future STEM leader!
STEM leaders are people who build structures, figure out problems, find ways to make
everyday life easier, and create things that no one has ever thought of before!
As a future STEM leader, it's your job to learn new things and make new discoveries.
Here are a few videos, books, games, and activities to help you in your STEM learning!
How High Can You Stack? With SciShow Kids!
How high can you stack and balance plastic cups? Learn some basic engineering and test your skills with this hands-on experiment with SciShow Kids.
Let's Make Slime With SciShow Kids!
Do you love slime? Learn a simple recipe for stretchy, slippy slime and discover the science behind polymers with this hands-on experiment with SciShow Kids.
Invisible Ink With PBS Kids
Write secret messages while learning about oxidation! Is it magic? Is it science? Find out with this easy experiment from PBS Kids.
DIY Lava Lamp With PBS Kids
Make cool and funky lava lamps that use household items, with this experiment from PBS Kids.
STEM Project Books
"Makey Makey is a kit that helps you turn everyday objects into touchpads that control your computer's keyboard. With this book, students learn the art of innovation through detailed explanations and hands-on activities built to foster creativity and problem solving" (Cherry Lake Publishing, 2016).
From writing simple coding instructions using Scratch software, to learning the coding skills to create your own computer game and even design your own website, this book leads the way (Walter Foster Jr., 2015).
Based on the popular book series, The questioners by Andrea Beaty, this project book teaches the basic concepts of engineering. with easily explained projects, that use found objects, you'll be encouraged to make, create, and do from start to finish.
Explore Games & Apps!
Scratch Jr. teaches the basics of coding with interactive and fun characters. Scratch Jr. is also a great way to learn about program and game design.
Play and learn with some of your favorite characters from PBS Kids. Learn about standard and nonstandard measuring while you solve problems and complete challenges!
Fiction for Future STEM Leaders
When a family friend goes airborne in a pair of inflatable pants and can't land himself, Ada joins forces with friends Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck to devise a scientific plan to bring Uncle Ned home. (School Library Journal, 2019).
Join Pearl on another one of her curious adventures! This time, she's dive into the science of water, while having fun at the beach. Learn the science behind the water cycle, cloud formation, and various types of weather conditions in this wet and wild story!
"Squishy Taylor loves 'weird stuff' good thing there are plenty of weird goings-on in her apartment building" (The Horn Book, 2018). Join Squishy and her "bonus sisters" as they solve the mystery of Zero gravity.
The Magic School Bus will take you on an adventure with every book! "Hi, I'm Carlos - one of the kids in Ms. Frizzle's class. I know Ms. Frizzle thinks of some weird ways to teach about science, but challenging Mr. O'Neatly's class to a science contest was her craziest idea to date"(Carmi, 2001). Will the class be able to survive this magnetic adventure?
"Cece, a budding and inquisitive scientist, and her equally curious best friend Isaac conduct experiments to see whether Cece's dog Einstein will eat his vegetables" (Harper Collins Publishers, 2018).
"When Maya starts spending a lot of time with Maddie, an old friend, her friends from coding club worry she won't finish her part of the project, coding the lights and music for the winter dance" (Penguin Workshop, 2018).
Rosie Revere is a young engineer who is learning to push forward in spite of mistakes and mishaps. Nothing will stop Rosie from finding the perfect way to engineer her next great idea. Join Rosie and her friends on their many adventures!
"When Ellie, who loves to invent and build things, decides to build a doghouse as a gift, she needs to get past the boys-against-the-girls neighborhood feud and ask for help" (Bloomsbury, 2018).
Do you hate to make mistakes? So does Beatrice. In fact she never made a mistake, until one fate-full day... Now she must learn how to deal with the mistake in her life. She might even find a way to turn those mistakes into incredible opportunities!
No one expects their science project to destroy the world! When the main character in this story does just that, she just find a way to overtake her giant robot before it really does destroy the world!
Experimenting isn't easy. Making new discoveries and trying new things can backfire in ways that you could never imagine! But sometimes, ever when they backfire, those new discoveries can turn into amazing things! "This is a most joyful and clever whimsy, the kind that lightens the heart and puts a shine on the day" (Kirkus Reviews, 2011).
Building something magnificent takes time, planning, effort, and ambition. If you love building and creating new things, you'll love this book! From beginning to end, a creation takes shape and turns from a pile of old junk into a Magnificent Thing. If you're a future STEM leader, you'll love this story!
Discover Hands-On STEM!
The MaKey MaKey kit has everything you need to turn everyday items into a computer keyboard! With a handy instruction manual included, you'll discover tons of ways to explore circuits.
Play with Squishy Circuits! "Squishy Circuits uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits, a perfect blend of play and learning" (www.squishycircuits.com).
STEM Leaders in History
Madam C.J. Walker defied the odds in the early 20th century. As a young African American woman born to sharecroppers, her destiny could have been bleak. But she defied the odds by becoming an inventor and successful business woman. This biography tells a story of grit and determination, which will inspire any future STEM leader.
"Slade explores the life of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. Johnson excelled in mathematics beginning in childhood but was frustrated by the lack of opportunities available to women of her era. Her perseverance and skills led her to work at a Virginia research center, where she made complex calculations, advocated for her right to attend meetings with male engineers, and eventually joined the NASA space team" (Publishers Weekly, 2019).
Learn about Bessie Coleman, the first African American and Native American woman to hold a pilots licence. Learn about her struggles and victories in this easy reader biography.
Learn about the amazing lives of famous black women of STEM! "This book celebrates over 50 women who have shattered the glass ceiling, defied racial discrimination, and pioneered in their fields"(ABRAMS, 2020). From aviation to engineering, women have accomplished amazing things and helped our world in the process.
"Amelia Earhart was a woman of many 'firsts.' In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1935, she also became the first woman to fly across the Pacific. From her early years to her mysterious 1937 disappearance while attempting a flight around the world, readers will find Amelia Earhart's life a fascinating story" (Penguin Workshop, 2002).
"In 1978, Sally Ride, a PhD candidate at Standford University, responded to a newspaper ad to join the US astronaut program. She was accepted and became the first American woman astronaut to fly in space! Among her other accomplishments, she played tennis like a professional, was an astrophysicist who helped develop a robotic arm for space shuttles, and later, through Sally Ride Science, worked to make science cool and accessible for girls" (Penguin Workshop, 2013).
"In 1936, pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson began work with the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries and soon afterward published her first book, Under the Sea Wind. Her 1962 bestseller, Silent Spring, sent shock waves throughout the country and warned of the dangers of DDT and other pesticides" (Penguin Workshop, 2014).
"Jane Goodall, born in London, England, always loved animals and wanted to study them in their natural habitats. So at age 26, off she went to Africa! Goodall's up-close observations of chimpanzees changed what we know about them and paved the way for many female scientists who came after her" (Penguin Workshop, 2012).
"When Marie was young, she was unable to go to college because she was a woman. But when she was older, her scientific work was respected around the world. Her discoveries of radium and polonium dramatically helped in the fight against cancer, and she went on to win the Nobel Prize for Physics" (Frances Lincoln Ltd, 2017).
"Ada Lovelace was a British mathematician and the daughter of poet Lord Byron. From her early love of logic to her plans for the world's first computer program, young readers will learn about Ada's life in this mini biography" (Frances Lincoln Ltd, 2018). This biography offers "stirring encouragement for all 'little people' with 'big dreams'" (Kirkus, 2018).