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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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Latest and Greatest from the STEM Read Blogosphere!
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“A Good Problem to Have” by B. J. Novak
This is the second of a two-part post on incorporating B. J. Novak's work into your STEM classroom
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“If I Had a Nickel” by B. J. Novak
In this math-fueled short, you’ll learn just what it takes to open a business dedicated to spilling coffee for profit. And the best part is, you’ll have interns to clean up the mess.
Science + Fiction = Future Telling
STEM Read If you’re looking to add some science into your fiction, this STEM Read science and storytelling mini-conference in Chicago is just the thing to ignite ideas! This event, geared for adults, is perfect for prospective authors, educators, librarians, and anyone else interested in incorporating STEM/STEAM concepts into their lives. Professional Development (PD) credits […]
NIU STEM Read Institute trains educators to facilitate action-packed field trips for their schools
by Elizabeth Schewe, Guest Blogger Calling all educators! Would you like to be able to bring popular fiction – and the science behind it – alive with hands-on activities for your students? Find out how at the 2019 NIU STEM Read Summer Institute, July 24-26 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Registration is now open […]
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Quick Pick: Guess Who, Haiku by Deanna Caswell and Bob Shea
by Christine Brovelli-O’Brien, Ph.D., STEM Read Contributor What do you get when you combine adorable animals, playful storytelling, and Japanese poetry? The fabulous book Guess Who, Haiku, that’s what! Although aimed at children, Guess Who, Haiku, written by Deanna Caswell and illustrated by Bob Shea, adults will also be entertained by the story’s cadence and […]
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Register Today for Quarantine: The Summer Camp!
By Elizabeth Schewe, Guest Blogger  Three years ago, 250 high school students entered the world of McKinley High at Quarantine: The STEM Read Experience. In the years since the field trip we have received dozens of requests to run the trip again. With that said… NIU STEM Read is proud to introduce “Quarantine: The Summer Camp,” based […]