Books & Podcasts Celebrating STEM.
Posted by: Sue Atkins
Why is STEM important?
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives.
Science is everywhere in the world around us.
STEM learning builds the skills kids need for the future as technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives and starting early ignites a lifelong love of exploration and learning.
STEM subjects nurture creativity and spark imaginations and covers all aspects of our lives.
Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home.
Maths is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives.
So, by exposing kids to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and will be confident to embrace it and maybe even change the world!
I discovered this great list of books that includes all kinds of STEM – from science enthusiasts, builders, inventors, real life engineers – in both fiction and non-fiction texts collated by Children’s Librarian columnist, Julie Booker from Notes from a Children’s Librarian
From Fairy Science, by Ashley Spires
Come Back to Earth, Esther! written by Josée Bisaillon
The Boxitects, by Kim Smith
Got 4 – 11 year old children?
Check Everything Under The Sun here – https://apple.co/2Kbz
– it’s a weekly podcast answering kids questions about life on earth.
Linked to her book ‘Everything Under the Sun: a curious question for every day of the year’ by Molly Oldfield