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June 1, 2020 1:00 PM
Add inspiring books with science and engineering themes to your summer reading lists. We have lots of favorites and great suggestions to get you started! We are big fans of doing hands-on science and engineering with kids of all ages, both in and out of the classroom. During the pandemic, our VP of STEM Education chronicled her family's adventures doing 30 different STEM activities. Next week, we'll be shifting to summer fun and engaging "science at… Read more
March 18, 2019 1:00 PM
In partnership with Lerner Publishing Group, some of our most popular hands-on STEM activities are now available in book form! Hands-On STEM Discovery with Science Buddies! For almost twenty years, Science Buddies has been developing one of the most robust libraries of hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) projects and activities available online. Trusted by teachers and parents around the world and used by millions of students… Read more
June 6, 2016 12:40 PM
Each book in this pair of science-themed books encourages kids to "look up," but each has an eye on something quite different. Make these books a part of your child's summer reading to inspire young birders and young astronomers! Encouraging kids to keep learning and reading all summer long is always important. Parents trying to stave off academic backsliding are increasingly creative about lining up summer science and engineering camps and… Read more
December 14, 2015 7:10 PM
Makers of all ages can learn more about science and engineering through creative hands-on science and engineering projects. A book like Paper Inventions offers a great and wide-ranging collection of "to do" projects, perfect for winter break for kids (and their parents!). When it comes to versatility and handmade crafts, art, and DIY projects, not much beats the availability and practicality of paper. Paper comes in an endless array of shapes, sizes, textures, colors, and weights, and most… Read more
October 28, 2015 1:54 PM
This Nick and Tesla mystery guides readers in brewing STEM-based special effects that might be perfect for Halloween-themed fun. Need something to read this weekend before the Trick-or Treat fun begins? Nick and Tesla's Special Effects Spectacular: A Mystery with Animatronics, Alien Makeup, Camera Gear, and Other Movie Magic You Can Make Yourself! might be a just-right science-filled choice to tie in with trick-or-treat-fueled excitement. The plot of this book, number 5 in the… Read more
June 26, 2015 3:00 PM
Book four in the Nick and Tesla series lands the twins in a museum mystery. To get to the bottom of the plot and save an exhibit of animatronic scientists and inventors, the kids build a clever gadget glove that introduces readers to a set of fun DIY wearable electronics projects! We are big fans of the Nick and Tesla series, and with book four, Nick and Tesla's Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove: A Mystery with a Blinking, Beeping, Voice-Recording Gadget Glove You Can Build Yourself … Read more
June 15, 2015 2:00 PM
Another great read aloud book puts the engineering design process in action and in the hands of a charming young girl who has an idea for something she wants to build—and sets out to bring her idea to life. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press) is a wonderful story for young engineers. Similar in concept to Rosie Revere, Engineer, The Most Magnificent Thing is the story of a young girl engineer and her best friend, dog. From the outset, readers are told that… Read more
June 10, 2015 6:00 PM
The new Raspberry Pi Projects Kit gives kids a chance to explore computer programming and electronics with a suite of creative projects using their own Raspberry Pi. After working through the Science Buddies activities, Adventures in Raspberry Pi is a great way to explore other things to do with Raspberry Pi and move on to programming with Python. With the Raspberry Pi Projects Kit, students can get up and running with a brand new Raspberry Pi (probably hooked to the living room TV!) and… Read more
June 8, 2015 3:00 PM
Don't miss this rhyming pair of picture books for STEM-focused summer reading. Each offers a charming illustration of engineering spirit. Kids can be engineers, too! For boys and girls alike, Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts offers an exciting story of the engineering process and the importance of working and reworking designs. If you pick this book up, be prepared to read it out loud. Told in a singsong rhyme, this is the story of Rosie, a little… Read more
June 3, 2015 5:45 PM
Readers of The Hive Detectives are treated to beautiful photographs and in-depth information about bees as they follow the path scientists took in tracking a global bee population crisis first identified in 2006. Image: "Beehives in Mankato, Minnesota" by Jonathunder via Wikimedia Commons Did you know that beekeepers keep beehives in stacked containers like the ones shown above? They look almost like sets of drawers! As you learn in The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee… Read more
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