Science, Technology, Engineering, (Art if it's STEAM), Math--since we're apparently behind other countries in our math and science proficiencies. We began weekly S.T.E.M. projects last summer reading, keeping them on as periodic after school programs, and again as weekly events during this summer reading. Anything can be fun if you get creative; we've:
- Built nuclei from candy
- Built structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows and then tested their withstandability to a simulated earthquake--this simulated by placing structure on a bed of Jello in a pan and me shaking the hell out of it. The kids thought this was AMAZING.
- Built structures to protect raw eggs, then dropped the eggs from 8 feet in the air to see how strong the structure was in protecting the contents
- Created robots from household materials like yogurt cups and aluminum foil
Anyway, I'll get down from my soapbox to share these two MARVELOUS, STUPENDOUS, FUNNY, GRAND, DELIGHTFUL, AWESOME (see how much I love them!) books that encourage S.T.E.M. and encourage strong, free thinking kiddos. Super pumped to give, Rosie Revere, Engineer, to my niece (since my brother is also an engineer)!