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STEM: Teaching STEM

Digital Resources Exploration for the 2015 SDSL Boot Camp

STEM Education Books

A teaching guide to revitalizing STEM education : phoenix in the classroom / Daryao S Khatri; Anne Hughes.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2013.
ISBN: 9781610484480

Succeeding as a student in the STEM fields with an invisible disability : a college handbook for science, technology, engineering, and math students with autism, ADD, affective disorders, or learning difficulties and their families / Christy Oslund.
London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013.
ISBN: 9781849059473

Teaching STEM in the early years : activities for integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics / Sally Moomaw.
St. Paul, MN : Redleaf Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9781605541211 

From STEM to STEAM : using brain-compatible strategies to integrate the arts / David A. Sousa, Thomas Pilecki.
Thousand Oaks, California : Corwin Press, a SAGE company, 2013.
ISBN: 9781452258331

Good science, bad science, pseudoscience, and just plain bunk : how to tell the difference / Peter A. Daempfle.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2013.
ISBN: 9781442217263

Help your kids with science : a unique step-by-step visual guide / Carol Vorderman.
London ; New York : Dorling Kindersley, 2012.
ISBN: 9780756692681


Web Resources for STEM Education

  • Siemen's STEM Academy
    Divided by age and subject, this site encourages teachers to share their lesson plans and resources for others to benefit from.
  • Office of Science and Technology Policy - White House
    This site from the White House lays out the STEM-related goals to be addressed, including preparing the American workforce for STEM-related jobs. They provide several reports on the importance of STEM, as well as resources to support each goal.
  • A Compendium of Best Practice K-12 STEM Education Programs
    The Bayer Corporation has a vested interest in getting students up to speed on STEM - it wants to hire them! This report goes over some of the best practices in STEM education. Parents may be able to pick up some tips and tricks from this too.
  • NASA Digital Learning Network
    This section of the NASA website is aimed at teachers, parents, and anyone else that helps kids learn about space and STEM. There are free classes on subjects related to astronomy and space travel, as well as webcasts - the Mission: Mars virtual field trip is a great way to engage students.
  • YALSA STEM Resources
    Another acronym! The Young Adult Library Services Association has put together this list of STEM resources for teens. There are fiction books with STEM tie-ins, non-fiction materials broken down by subject, and web resources for teens to explore.
  • TechSoup for Libraries: Think Outside the Box
    STEM and STEAM ideas for teens. Find more on this blog by clicking the "STEM" tag.
  • STEM Friday
    A blog that features STEM related books for a variety of ages. 

The Science of STEM

STEM Databases

Following are links and descriptions to databases that can be used for many different age levels.

GreenFILE (via EBSCOhost) 
Periodical articles, some in full text, on human effects on ecology and the environment, repercussions for human, animal, and plant health, better ways of sustaining the health of all through recycling, sustainable farming, renewable energy. Free.

State Library Databases

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Core collection of online reference books in the following subject areas-health, history, government & law, science, education and business. Web Link to more information


ProQuest (1986+)
Provides the full text magazines/journals and newspapers for K-12, college, and general users in multiple fields, from arts, literature, and social science to general reference, business, science, technology, and medicine.Web Link to More Information

SIRS Discoverer

SIRS Discoverer (grades K-9)
Aimed at younger students, this database covers a wide variety of topics with age-appropriate resources, including STEM. This database is aligned with the Common Core to make integration into classrooms easier. Web Link to More Information

SIRS Issues Researcher

SIRS Researcher
A general reference database containing thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues. Web Link to More Information

World Book Online for Kids

World Book School Edition: World Book Kids (grades K-5)
Contains thousands of easy to read articles, interactive games, teacher resources and more. Web Link to WorldBook

World Book Students

World Book School Edition: World Book Student (grades 5-9)
Contains encyclopedia articles, maps, images, timelines and more. Web Link to WorldBook

World Book Advanced

World Book School Edition: World Book Advanced (grades 9-12+)
Is a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book and primary source databases. Web Link to WorldBook

World Book Discover

World Book School Edition: World Book Discover
A reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases. Features include article read aloud, and a job and life skills section. (For differentiated instruction, i.e.ESL, reluctant readers and adult learners)Web Link to WorldBook

Teacher Reference Center

Teacher Reference Center
The articles in this database, designed for educators, provide help with ideas, concepts, and best practices across a number of subjects, including STEM.More Information

Learning Express Library
Online learning platform of 300+ practice tests covering ACT, SAT, GED, and more. Complete answer explanations and study suggestions. Web Link

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