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: It was Supposed to be ZOMBIES!
Some people are complaining that COVID-19 is not the pandemic they signed up for. It was supposed to be Zombies. Even though we don’t have zombies, many of us have a road map for survival because of horror. In this episode of the STEM Read Podcast, Gillian King-Cargile interviews Daniel Kraus and Carolyn Ciesla.
Interview: Hear about the Future Telling Webinars from NIU STEM Read Director Gillian King-Cargile
By Beth Schewe, Sci fi lover, general book nerd and writer for NIU STEAM Beth Schewe: So, tell me about Future Telling Virtual Webinars, on July 22, August 19 and September 23 from Northern Illinois University. Gillian King-Cargile: Future Telling is a brand-new conference that is a partnership between STEM Read, in the Division of […]
STEM Read’s Science + Fiction Camp: Register Now!
This July, STEM Read is proud to present our Science + Fiction Camp for teens who are interested in writing and learning about science, technology, engineering, and math. Join us to geek out with authors, experts, and each other. We’ll explore bleeding-edge research with top STEM experts and get writing inspiration from professional authors and storytellers. We’ll also work through the entire creative process and draft complete, polished short stories that pack an emotional punch while sharing real STEM concepts that will shape our future.
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The STEM Read Podcast: The Space Station Mom And The Stunt Woman
Host Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile) and Kristin Brynteson (@kbrynteson) talk with NASA’s Ryan Prouty. Then, Gillian talks to S.L. Huang (@sl_huang) whose own love of math took her from MIT to a career as a Hollywood stuntwoman. Huang now shares her love of math through action-packed sci-fi books about math genius and mercenary Cas Russell.
Quarantine Costume Contest: Winners Announced!
Congratulations to our Quarantine Costume Contestants! The STEM Read team had a blast seeing all of the quirky and creative entries! We had our favorites, but the ultimate decision came down to Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies, writing team Lex Thomas, whose book Quarantine: The Loners inspired the competition.
Canned Goods: STEM Statues: Figuring Female Inventors into Public Art
by Christine Brovelli-O’Brien, STEAM Educator at STEM Read “Hey, do you know who this woman was?” This is the question that Kate Hannigan, author of The Detective’s Assistant and the Cape series, asks everyone around her when she’s discovered an important female figure in history. And it’s a darn good question to ask because many […]