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  • STEM Tuesday -- STEM Activity Books-- In the Classroom
    STEM Tuesday — STEM Activity Books– In the Classroom
    August 11, 2020 by
    It’s August and the countdown to school has started. For many students and teachers, going to school may look a little different this year. Some students may be learning in the classroom, while others learn at home. And some students may be doing a little bit of both. No matter where you’re learning, you can use these great books to spark a lasting interest in science and STEM. The books we’re highlighting this month are all STEM activity books. They are a great starting point for different science activities and discussions in the classroom and at home. Calling All Inventors! Do your students know about scientist and inventor Temple Grandin? In this book, kids can learn from a master inventor by reading her personal stories and trying a few of the book’s 25 hands-on projects. Throughout the book, Grandin shows readers what it’s like to see the world through an inventor’s eyes, questioning and testing how the world works. You...
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  • STEM Tuesday --  STEM Activity Books-- Book List
    STEM Tuesday — STEM Activity Books– Book List
    August 4, 2020 by
    Summer is still here and you might be running out of activities for the young people in your life. Whether you are looking for projects to tie-in with your homeschooling curriculum or just want a fun STEM project to pass the time on a hot summer day, these titles will inspire you. Darwin and Evolution for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities by Kristan Lawson Try your hand at a Darwin-inspired activity with this book by Kristan Lawson. It’s a great title to pair-up with Deborah Heiligman’s Charles and Emma.   Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities by Kerrie Logan Hollihan Activities are a great way to learn the principles of physics. Read this one with a snack of apple slices.   Awesome Snake Science! 40 Activities for Learning About Snakes by Cindy Blobaum Snakes might seem threatening, but Blobaum has some activities...
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  • STEM Tuesday -- Pollinators -- Interview with Author Rebecca Hirsch
    STEM Tuesday — Pollinators — Interview with Author Rebecca Hirsch
    July 28, 2020 by
    Welcome to STEM Tuesday: Author Interview & Book Giveaway, a repeating feature for the fourth Tuesday of every month. Go Science-Tech-Engineering-Math! Today we’re interviewing Rebecca Hirsch, author of WHERE HAVE ALL THE BEES GONE? Pollinators in Crisis. The book received a starred review from Booklist, saying Hirsch gives “a well-balanced and objective presentation” and that the book is “an important resource for all libraries.” Mary Kay Carson: How’d you come to write Where Have All the Bees Gone? Rebecca Hirsch: Around 2010 my children and I began volunteering at the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden, a big pollinator garden in my hometown in Pennsylvania. Our job was to plant and weed a small area. The Master Gardeners who ran the garden would come by and share with us an interesting flower or a plant that was really buzzing with bees. I noticed how excited they were about all the bees. Native bees were something I had not...
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  • STEM Tuesday -- Pollinators -- Writing Tips & Resources
    STEM Tuesday — Pollinators — Writing Tips & Resources
    July 21, 2020 by
      Title Talk Creating the perfect title for a nonfiction piece is tough. In a few short words you’re supposed to convey the subject, approach, and audience — and be appealing. That’s a tall order. Honestly, I used to hate drafting a title but I’ve come to see it as an effective exercise. Working and reworking a title at different stages of a project helps me nail down more than words for the cover. When I finally smile at a title I’ve crafted — and when that smile returns every time I dive in to revise — I know I’ve also got a handle on what my book is actually about. Often though, even that title isn’t the final title. The editor, marketing team, others at the publishing house all have a say and sometimes one of them develops the final title. [Note: This discussion is relevant for trade books....
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Jennifer Swanson



Jennifer Swanson dreams of one day running away to the Museum of Science and Industry- then maybe she could look at all the exhibits and try out all the gadgets without competing for them with her kids. An author of thirty nonfiction science books for grades 3-6, Jennifer’s goal is to show kids that Science Rocks! She lives in sunny Florida with her husband, three kids and two dogs. When not writing she’s on the hunt for fun science facts.