STEM Read Official Featured Selections

We carefully select books rooted in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics and explore the science behind the fiction. See our selection and activities to go along with each one.
Looking to STEAM up your classroom? STEM Read offers professional development opportunities throughout the year. Bring our trainers to your school or ROE to learn fun, creative ways to fuse STEM and reading.
Check out our videos with experts, who explain the STEM concepts behind the books. Our videos get right down to the science of learning and are of course quite entertaining.
STEM Read field trips offer students a chance to interact with authors and experts and participated in day-long, live-action games based on popular novels. See what’s coming up and register here!
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The STEM Read Podcast – Batman is a Maker!
In this episode of the STEM Read Podcast, host Gillian King-Cargile explores the diversity of people, projects, and ideas in the maker movement with authors and makers Ruth Spiro, Varian Johnson, and Darian Johnson.
Register for Future Telling: Does the Future Compute?
In honor of Grace Hopper’s birthday, we’re exploring the past and future of computing. Join computer scientists across multiple disciplines from Argonne National Laboratory to see what’s new and what’s next in everything from data visualization to cyber security to super computers. Then, hear from authors Aaron Starmer and Joelle Charbonneau as they share their visions of the future and the story starters they’ve brainstormed based on the scientists’ talks.
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The STEM Read Podcast – Fake Ghosts and Meddling Kids
It’s a Halloween Bonus! On this episode of the STEM Read Podcast, we’ll explore America’s deep-seated literary tradition of rationalism as it has played out in more than 150 years of pop culture, from the Dime Novels of the 1870s to Scooby-Doo to the horror novels of today. STEM Read Director Gillian King-Cargile talks with […]
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The STEM Read Podcast: Past, Present, And Futurism
In this episode of The STEM Read Podcast, we’re bringing you an excerpt from our July Future Telling Webinar – Past, Present, And Futurism. STEM Read Director Gillian King-Cargile talks to experts in history and speculative fiction to hear how pandemics have shaped art and how this turbulent moment in world history is transforming the future […]
Check Out STEM Read at the 2020 STEM Fest
For more than 10 years, Northern Illinois University’s STEM Fest has introduced thousands of visitors of all ages to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math. This year STEM Fest is going virtual with more than 20 online events, videos and activities, and the STEM Read Team is excited to announce that we have […]
Quick Pick: Meal by Blue Delliquanti and Soleil Ho
By Celia Owens, STEM Read Team Sustainable cuisine is a popular subject for students who want to make a positive change for the future. Most American students are surprised to learn that there is a sustainable food source right under their feet…insects! The graphic novel Meal is a great introduction for high school students to […]