Welcome to STEM Friday!
February 16, 2012
This week here at Nomad Press we’re hosting STEM Friday. It’s a chance for us to feature children’s books from all over the web that incorporate science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Leave your links and information in the comments and I’ll update throughout the day.
From NC Teacher Stuff, Energy Island, which is the account of how a Danish island switched to all renewable sources of energy.
Anastasia at Booktalking offers A Warmer World
Rourke Publishing looks at the field of early math education. The featured book is Nancy Kelly Allen’s What’s A Fraction? Looking for a fun and yummy way to teach the concept of fractions? Check this book out!: What’s A Fraction?
From SimplyScience, Zap! It’s Electricity by Buffy Silverman.
Way back in October we posted about why STEM education is so important to our kids NOW. To reiterate, children are natural scientists and problem-solvers, so it’s our job to help nourish those natural tendencies and give them the kind of active and exploratory education that they need, whether we’re parents or teachers or both!
All of our books at Nomad Press provide hands-on activities and other ways for children to get engaged with whatever it is that they’re learning about. After reading our books, we want kids to have dirt all over their hands or alka-seltzer rocket remnants all over their yards (as long as they clean up, of course)!
Today, for STEM Friday, we want to feature one Nomad Press book in particular: The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World with 25 Projects. In 100 years the world has changed from make-your-own everything to a society of manufactured goods.¨The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World with 25 Projects combines elements of history, biography, civics, science, and technology with activity-driven enrichment projects that kids can do with minimal supervision.
Even young children today know how quickly new technologies are created. Take Apps for example; new apps are created and updated everyday. From dishwashers to gaming devices, every product in our society undergoes a constant revolution. What some children don’t know is when and how the perpetual “updating” process really began, and how that initial revolution—the Industrial Revolution—actually took many many years.
The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World with 25 Projects teaches children about the roots of our modern society, and explains how advances in practices increased efficiency, from things like farming to transportation. It’s easy to imagine back a hundred years ago and judge how ancient some of the techniques were. However, from those out-dated techniques there came a need for innovation, thus spurring on the Industrial Revolution. This book helps children to understand not only how things changed, but why—out of what need—they changed.
We think that the out-of-what-need question is crucial to STEM education. It’s important to nurture the natural scientists in our children and to help them understand and know how to “do” science, technology, engineering and mathematics, because they will eventually be the ones to continue answering those “societal needs.”
Please add your STEM Friday contributions to our blog in the comments below!
Pam at Nomad