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STEM/STREAM Resources

STEM  Resources from Idaho Commission for Libraries

BlockFest (block play guidance): www.blockfest.org
Children’s Gardening: www.kidsgardening.org
Community Playthings: http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/topics/role-of-play-in-learning
Cooking ideas for K-5 th grade: http://mixinginmath.terc.edu/materials
ECRR: www.everychildreadytoread.org (the Toolkit: “Fun with Science and Math.”)

Links to STEM websites, videos, and learning tips:

Illinois Early Learning Project http://illinoisearlylearning.org/askanexpert/beneke/
National Association for the Education of Young Children: www.naeyc.org   search STEM
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: www.nctm.org  – search STEM
National Institute for Early Education Research: Article  http://nieer.org/video-webinar/supports-for-preschool-stem-learners-and-the-teachers-who-teach-them
Parenting Science: http://www.parentingscience.com/  several articles about STEM.
Summer Science Guidebook: http://www.wilsonvillelibrary.org/171/Summer-Science-at-Your-Library  see links under programming
Bedtime Math http://bedtimemath.org/

Engineering
Engineering is Elementary http://www.eie.org

Math
Bedtime Math http://bedtimemath.org/
Crazy Eights  http://bedtimemath.org/crazy-8s-for-libraries/
Prodigy https://prodigygame.com

Space
Amazing Space http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/
Cosmic Quest https://www.childrensmuseum.org/legacy-games/cosmicquest/
esa kids http://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/
Lunar and Planetary Institute http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/discoverEarth/
NASA Kid Club http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/
Galileo – Jupiter http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/galileo/

General
Kid’s Click http://www.kidsclick.org/
YALSA STEM Wiki http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/STEM_Resources
ilp2 http://www.ipl.org/

The following NASA activities were featured in the February issue (Vol. 13, no. 1) of ALSC Matters!  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about using these activities – and please let me know what you think and what the kids think of them after you’ve had a chance to try them! We welcome your feedback as we work with ALSC to highlight these free programming resources.

Making, Measuring, and Outdoor Fun

Challenge your patrons with an engineering problem — Measuring Precipitation — and invite them to use common materials and tools to design their own devices. Participants test their devices and consider how NASA’s satellite observations will help scientists better understand precipitation across the world. This hands-on, creative exploration works well across multiple age levels.

Bead Craft — with a science twist!

Celebrate the International Year of Light 2015 by experimenting with simple materials, including plastic beads that are sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light, which are generally white but turn colors when exposed to UV light. Through the activity Drive-By Science: UV-sensitive Beads, participants explore the nature and risks of UV light while experimenting what types of materials (e.g. sunscreen, sunglasses, fabric) keep the beads — and hence the participant — safe from UV light. These experiments can be done with any craft item created with pony beads — just incorporate at least a few UV-sensitive beads (available through educational retailers)!

Discover the universe through telescopes – even if you don’t have your own!

Engage your community in the wonders of the universe by peering through telescopes!  Use the Night Sky Network web portal to find astronomy clubs in your area and use the contact information provided to reach out to potential partners.  Find information on what will be visible in the night sky, as well as helpful links to weather information and other planning tools. Start Observing with NASA by controlling the ground-based MicroObservatory telescopes from your computer – with help from “Control Telescope” web interface, which automatically lets you know which targets are up that night.  You can even download your images!  Print the Constellations: Wonders Within poster series to showcase beautiful astronomical objects – revealed through NASA’s Great Observatories (Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer) – along with their constellations, history, and related facts.

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