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Engineering and technology

Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Bridge Projects Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Canal Projects Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Dam Projects Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Road Projects Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Skyscraper Projects Gr. […]

Spies, ciphers, and drones

Burrows, Terry  Codes, Ciphers, and Cartography: Math Goes to War Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Lerner Burrows, Terry  Robots, Drones, and Radar: Electronics Go to War Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Lerner STEM on the Battlefield series. Each book in this series discusses how a field of STEM has been instrumental — from […]

Kids and computing

Anniss, Matt  Make a Podcast! Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Arcturus Anniss, Matt  Start a Blog! Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Arcturus Find Your Talent series. General directions, some of which seems like common sense, guide readers through creating a web presence. Anecdotal snippets about already established and popular sites add interest to the occasionally contradictory text […]

Reading together across the miles

When I became an aunt two years ago, I lived within driving distance and saw my niece at least once a month. I’ve not-so-subtly tried to fuel her interest in books, giving her new board books whenever I see her. I’ve really enjoyed watching her development as a reader: from receptive listener to board book […]

Robotics

Becker, Helaine Zoobots: Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals Gr. 4–6   32 pp.     Kids Can Illustrated by Alex Ries. This unique book introduces a variety of robotic devices based on animals. Each device is introduced on a two-page spread set up like a video-game-character profile, touching on name, realm, team, super skill, specifications, applications, and […]

What’s the media Feeding us?

For the past six weeks, I have had the pleasure of teaching an English course to a group of highly motivated high school students enrolled in the summer session of an Upward Bound program. This summer’s book selection — Feed by M. T. Anderson — has spurred a campus conversation that I keep catching snippets […]

Women in STEM

Though there is an increasing focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S., there remains a gender disparity among workers in these fields. According to a  2011 U.S. Department of Commerce report, women are less likely than men to have an undergraduate degree in a STEM field and they are also […]