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  • STEM Tuesday -- Spooky and Scary Science-- Book List
    STEM Tuesday — Spooky and Scary Science– Book List
    October 3, 2023 by
    Who needs a shivery, shuddery story about werewolves and zombies when there are truly scary things living all around us? American Murderer: The Parasite that Haunted the South by Gail Jarrow This book is about microscopic worms living in the soil… invisible vampires that enter your body through your bare feet, travel to your intestines, and stay there for years sucking your blood and draining you of energy. The focus is on Charles Wardell Stile, the scientist who discovered the worm and played an important role in educating the public on treatments and eradication. There are gross diagrams and photos of the vampiric worms and a not so subtle reminder to wear your shoes when you head out on Halloween night – or any time. Something Rotten, A Fresh Look at Roadkill by Heather L. Montgomery This book is not for squeamish souls; it is full of parasites, intestines, and bloody bodies. At the same time, it remains an entertaining...
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    STEM Tuesday — Robotics and Artificial Intelligence– Author Interview
    September 26, 2023 by
    STEM Tuesday– Robotics and Artificial Intelligence — Interview with Author Darcy Pattison Welcome to STEM Tuesday: Author Interview, a repeating feature for the last Tuesday of every month. Go Science-Tech-Engineering-Math! Today we’re interviewing Darcy Pattison, author of A.I.: How Patterns Helped Artificial Intelligence Defeat World Champion Lee Sedol.  It’s a fascinating look at the use of artificial intelligence and how a common board game was used to demonstrate that, in some cases, a computer might possess superior skill levels. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “An enthralling, contemporary tale of man versus machine.”           Christine Taylor-Butler: Darcy, you’ve been in the business for quite a while and you’ve written everything from science fiction and fantasy to contemporary stories and science. When did you know you wanted to become a writer? Were there detours along the way? Darcy Pattison: I have always been a reader! In sixth grade, I...
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    STEM Tuesday — Robotics and Artificial Intelligence– Writing Tips & Resources
    September 19, 2023 by
    AI & Robots Activities When beginning to research this month’s topics (AI & Robots) I needed to look no further than my own writers’ group. Longtime member George Anthony Kulz is our resident technical guru with books out about both topics. And he is a prime example for the success strategies of STEAM. While he uses his technical skills and knowledge for his work, he has also been honing his creative writing skills. Combining the two has resulted in a complementary career as a children’s book author, showing how important it is to balance the sciences with the arts. I asked George several questions about his writing and how he got there. At the end of this article, there are some resources for kid activities that combine visual art, writing, and science. You have been asked to write a number of books about technology. How did you come by your...
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  • STEM Tuesday -- Robotics and Artificial Intelligence-- In the Classroom
    STEM Tuesday — Robotics and Artificial Intelligence– In the Classroom
    September 12, 2023 by
      Not long ago, robots and artificial intelligence were the imagination of science fiction books and movies. Yet every day, advances in technology, robotics, and engineering are making them a reality! The book suggestions this month put a spotlight on the history of robotics and artificial intelligence and are a great starting point for classroom discussions and activities.   Bots! Robotics Engineering: With Hands-One Makerspace Activities by Kathy Ceceri and Lena Chandhok This book explores how robots play a vital role in our world. It details the history and theory of programming and robotics, and includes many hands-on robotics projects that help children learn design, engineering, and coding. It is beautifully formatted and fun to read. Classroom Activity This book is full of activities that can be adapted for the classroom. One activity asks students to build a simple tilt sensor with LED lights. It can be made with household...
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Janet Slingerland



Janet Slingerland grew up studying animals and conducting science experiments before pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. She spent 15 years writing code for things like submarines, phones, and airplanes before deciding to share her passion for knowledge and STEM with others. Janet now has more than 20 published books for readers in grades K through 12, including Explore Atoms and Molecules! With 25 Great ProjectsEngineering the Eiffel Tower, and The 12 Biggest Breakthroughs in Sports Technology. Her books have been recommended by PSLA (Pennsylvania School Librarians Association), NSTA (National Science Teachers Association), School Library Connection, and others.