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Digital Resources Exploration for the 2015 SDSL Boot Camp

Teen STEM Books

Bomb : the race to build--and steal--the world's most dangerous weapon / Steve Sheinkin; Jay Colvin; Roaring Brook Press.; R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company.
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9781596434875
Invincible microbe : tuberculosis and the never-ending search for a cure / Jim Murphy and Alison Blank.
Boston : Clarion Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9780618535743

The mighty Mars rovers : the incredible adventures of Spirit and Opportunity / by Elizabeth Rusch.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012.
ISBN: 9780547478814

Every bone tells a story : hominin discoveries, deductions, and debates / Jill Rubalcaba et. al.
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, 2010.
ISBN: 9781580891646

The book of potentially catastrophic science / by Sean Connolly.
New York, NY : Workman Pub., 2010.

ISBN: 9780761156871

Hot X : algebra exposed / Danica McKellar.
New York : Hudson Street Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9781594630705

Make It @ Your Library Blog

Make It @ Your Library is a joint effort between the 
American Library Association 
and There are lots of projects here, and you can find projects by age, subject, cost and more.

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Digging Deeper: STEM for Teens

So you've seen the periodic table, and know how gravity works, and can name all the simple machines. (But really though, that's pretty impressive.) And you want something more. You want the science with a bang, the tech to make your life easier, the engineering to build something really cool, and the math to figure out just how much you need to make at your part-time job to afford those concert tickets. You want it practical, and you want it fun. 

STEM is designed to be just that - practical and fun. Once you've got the basics down, we encourage you to dig a little deeper. How can STEM solve the problems you see in the world? Maybe you want to build a better skateboard. Maybe you think a trash can that talks will encourage people to stop littering. Maybe you want to find out how to work for NASA. Maybe you just want to see how high you can get a bottle rocket to go. These resources are aimed at helping you do all those things. 

Websites for Teen STEM and Making

  • NASA for Students
    This site goes over the history of space travel, what makes space travel possible, and ideas for the future of space exploration. Career information and current opportunities for students to connect with NASA are also here.
  • How Stuff Works
    Want to know how Mexican wrestling works? How about why your stomach growls? This website has the ins-and-outs of hundreds of little questions that ask how, exactly, does stuff work? Lots of room to explore on this one.
  • Bill Nye: The Science Guy
    Feeling a little nostalgic? If you remember Bill's "Consider the Following" segments, or even if you don't, they're a great way to brush up on science topics. Bill Nye also writes a blog about science topics that digs pretty deep, and has lots of hands-on activities for all ages.
  • Exploratorium
    A San Francisco-based museum, the Exploratorium is all about finding how STEM affects our daily lives. With online exhibits ranging from the science of skateboarding to a virtual dissection of a cow's eye, there's a lot to see here.
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