STEM Teaching and Learning Begins with Preschoolers! So, I was explaining STEM to my dad, a retired physicist. He’s skeptical by nature as any good scientist should be. When I got to the part about teaching it to preschoolers, well, let’s just say I was bombarded by particles. But hear me out – it really DOES start with preschoolers! And I can prove it! Penny Bauder, environmental scientist, teacher and mom of two, points out that “It is never too early to start STEM education, and an ideal way to teach STEM is to go out into nature!” Boston Children’s Museum, too, points out that children have a natural curiosity. STEM is a great way to help 3-5 year-olds to focus and refine their naturally inquisitive behaviors. Linking it up to Summer Reading 2019! Even a pre-schooler can be a NASA citizen scientist! Download and install the GLOBE Observer app…
Women’s History: A Universe of Stories
Women’s History: A Universe of Stories I’m not going to state the obvious. You know…It’s March…It’s Women’s History Month. I refuse and I resist. INSTEAD! We’re looking forward to summer reading. Any writer of summer reading guides will tell you, while pulling their hair, these themes can go all. year. round! So why not adapt your WHM line-up and do some prep for summer at the same time? Breaking news, folks! 29 years after Sally Ride broke the astronaut gender mold: ‘For the first time in history, an all-female crew will conduct a spacewalk at the International Space Station, NASA confirmed to CNN. As part of Expedition 59, NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will carry out the spacewalk on March 29. They’ll be supported on the ground by Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol, who will be on the console at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston….
Summer Reading 2019 – Preparing Launch!
Summer Reading 2019 No, it really is NEVER too early to be thinking about summer reading 2019! If you have the means, hire your performers super early. If it’s you, some volunteers and a great deal of cardboard, then this is the beginning of a great series of blogposts just for you! Summer reading 2019 is largely about outer space. Already ideas have been bouncing off the satellites. Here’s some to get your engines started! STARNet! STARNet was introduced to me at ALA when it hit Orlando. Since that time, I have never been let down in terms of all they have to offer, and the support they can give. Already STARNet has a whole portion of their site dedicated to – say it with me! – summer reading 2019! They’re calling it “A Universe of Stories”. And just to get your pulse running, they have a handy countdown clock…
NASA @ My Library Offers Spectacular Science
As a NASA @ My Library grant recipient, Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center receives STEM kits, technology, and resources to share with our community. Our role as a NASA @ My Library Partner aligns with our mission, “the library opens windows to the world by encouraging expression, enlightenment, and exploration,” with NASA @ My Library’s goal to strengthen STEM learning opportunities for library patrons in underserved areas. Our Youth Services Leadership team, composed of professional librarians from all eight public library locations, has already met to review grant requirements, collaborate on programming initiatives, and to coordinate these NASA-related STEM programs through system-wide planning. Our public library’s partnership with Fascinate-U Children’s Museum will offer opportunities for museum and public library collaboration through STEM programming. Our staff will partner with a local Title One public elementary school, with a high percentage of minority students and the county’s only elementary school with…
STEM – STARnet and You
Not that long, long ago, but in a meeting room really far, far away from the West Concourse, a band of rebel librarians met to discuss Starnet.