December 29, 2014 7:00 PM
Book 3 in the Nick and Tesla series offers great gadget-oriented science and engineering fun from the twins as they stay with their eccentric scientist uncle for the summer. This installment in the series is full of "spies like us" intrigue kids will love!
Science Twins Bring STEM to Life
The Nick and Tesla series is a wonderful and engaging STEM-based series for middle readers (and their parents!). The team of Science Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith have kept the energy level high…
November 20, 2014 9:45 PM
A lighthearted how-to guide puts students on a yellow brick road to setting up a website using basic HTML and CSS or a content system like WordPress.
Learn the Basics of Web Publishing by Following the Comic Adventures of Kim
Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress helps teach new web coders the basics of HTML, CSS, and WordPress by following the story of Kim and her little dog Tofu as Kim creates her first website.
Computer Science Projects for Fun or…
July 1, 2014 7:00 PM
The science-savvy twins return in book two of the Nick and Tesla series. As their summer of intrigue and engineering continues, they find themselves in the middle of a small-town mystery and a bunch of robots. Along the way, they make their own—and you can, too!
Fun with Robotics Engineering
Like many beginning robotics engineers, Nick and Tesla build their own robots using toothbrush heads. Follow along as they design their bots, try out the DIY build from the book, and continue…
May 29, 2014 4:00 PM
Twins Nick and Tesla launch a homemade rocket right into the heart of an unexpected mystery in book one of this fun science and engineering-themed series for middle readers. Sent to stay with an uncle for the summer, the kids quickly find their DIY spirit and engineering wits are going to be key tools in helping unravel what's going on—and keeping them safe from the jaws of some very unfriendly guard dogs!
When a book for readers in grades 4-7 starts out with a Danger! Danger! Danger!…
April 11, 2014 3:30 PM
This great guide and collection of family-friendly activities lets kids explore the history of robotics and put robotics engineering concepts to use with hands-on projects at home.
Introduce Students to Robotics Engineering
Robotics: DISCOVER THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE with 20 PROJECTS is fast-paced and full of fascinating and inspiring robotics information, history, trivia, and try-it-out activities.In the world of student science, technology, engineering, and math…
November 14, 2013 2:00 PM
In honor of World Diabetes Day, we review a compelling autobiography by Phil Southerland, founder of Team Novo Nordisk. Phil didn't start out to change the world's view of diabetes or inspire others with diabetes, but his path on one bike after another led him to exactly that. Today, Phil and his team are making a difference around the world, raising awareness about Type 1 diabetes, and providing important role models for people with Type 1 Diabetes of all ages. Not Dead Yet, his story of how…
July 19, 2013 2:46 PM
Video games and comic books team up against the Dark Wizard in this hands-on how to book for kids. As the main characters tackle fun quests, kids learn programming fundamentals—and have fun making their own video games.
Note: a new version of this book is now available that covers Scratch 2.
Sparking Interest in Programming
Super Scratch Programming Adventure! introduces kids to Scratch's drag-and-drop building block environment with a combination of fun comic narration and…
July 12, 2013 12:00 PM
A new book brings math into the realm of bedtime stories. Whether you read it with your kids at night or during the day, Bedtime Math encourages families to talk about math every day—and to have fun doing so!
Talking About and Doing Math with Your Kids
We use math every day in countless ways. Don't be afraid to turn ordinary moments into math moments with your kids. It is good for them to add, subtract, and think about numbers and how they relate to real-world…
June 24, 2013 5:00 PM
Birds, frogs, ladybugs, and butterflies—these are a few examples of species in which growing waves of scientists are helping contribute to a global knowledge base. You and your family can, too!
Have you or your kids spotted a ladybug recently? You may have watched your student observe the ladybug as it crawled around in her hand. Maybe there was even a small observational habitat created, for a half hour or so to see if the ladybug might eat a leaf (albeit a leaf a hundred or…
June 18, 2013 11:30 PM
The desire to invent, innovate, tinker, make and build is not something limited to boys or girls, but that has not always been the case. This picture book story, based on the life of Margaret E. Knight, a female inventor and holder of one of the first patents issued to a woman in the U.S., paints a wonderful picture of a female engineer.
Empowering Future Female Engineers by Example
Marvelous Mattie is a great and very well-crafted story about Margaret E. Knight, a woman who began inventing…