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STEM Labs for Middle Grades

Cameron, Schyrlet,

STEM Labs for Middle Grades offers activities that challenge students to apply scientific inquiry, content knowledge, and technological design to solve real-world problems. An excellent addition to your curriculum, this supplement will help cultivate students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Maker Lab

Challoner, Jack author.

Supporting STEAM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, the National Parenting Publication Award-winner Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors' wheels turning and make science pure fun.

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The Curious Kid’s Science Book

Citro, Asia

The 100+ hands-on activities in the book use household items to playfully teach important science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Each creative activity includes age-appropriate explanations and (when possible) real life applications of the concepts covered.

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A Little Bit of Dirt

Citro, Asia author.

Bursting with creative hands-on outdoor science and art activities, A Little Bit of Dirt is full of motivation to get outside and explore. Whether you're investigating the health of your local stream, making beautiful acrylic sunprints with leaves and flowers, running an experiment with your backyard birds, or concocting nature potions, you'll be fostering an important connection with nature.

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Loose Parts

Daly, Lisa

The hundreds of inspiring photographs showcase an array of loose parts in real early childhood settings. And the overviews of concepts children can learn when using loose parts provide the foundation for incorporating loose parts into your teaching to enhance play and empower children. The possibilities are truly endless.

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Tinkerlab: A hands-on guide for little inventors

Doorley, Rachelle

55 playful experiments that encourage tinkering, curiosity, and creative thinking, hands-on activities that explore art, science, and more, for children two and up.

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Coding for Kids: Create your own video games with Scratch

Figus, Viviana, author.

Using Scratch 2.0, the free software created by the MIT Media Labs specifically for young people, this engaging guide teaches 8- to 12-year-olds how to create their own games and animated, interactive stories. Each engaging project has detailed, step-by-step explanations and comes with intriguing variants for children to try as their abilities grow.

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The Big Book of Makerspace Projects

Graves, Colleen, author.

This easy-to-follow guide features dozens of DIY, low-cost projects that will arm you with the skills necessary to dream up and build your own creations. The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn offers practical tips for beginners and open-ended challenges for advanced makers

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Unbored

Larsen, Elizabeth Foy/ Glenn, Joshua/ Leone, Tony/ Frauenfelder, Mark (INT)/ Kasunick, Heather

Unbored is the guide and activity book every modern kid needs. Vibrantly designed, lavishly illustrated, brilliantly walking the line between cool and constructive, it's crammed with activities that are not only fun and doable but also designed to get kids engaged with the wider world.

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Unusual and Awesome Jobs Using Technology

LeBoutillier, Linda

Fascinating facts, figures, and pictures highlight informative text about some of the most interesting and extreme jobs that use technology. Young readers will learn what kind of training it takes to be a roller coaster designer, how much money a space robotics engineer makes, and what exactly a wind turbine technician does!

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Junk Drawer Physics

Mercer, Bobby, 1961-

Turn a plastic cup into a pinhole camera using waxed paper, a rubber band, and a thumbtack. Build a swinging wave machine using a series of washers suspended on strings from a yardstick. Or construct your own planetarium from an empty potato chip canister, construction paper, scissors, and a pin. Each project has a materials list, detailed step-by-step instructions with illustrations, and a brief explanation of the scientific principle being demonstrated.

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Art Lab for Kids

Schwake, Susan.

A refreshing source of ideas for creating fine art with children, Art Lab for Kids encourages the artist’s own voice, marks, and style. This fun and creative book features 52 fine art projects set into weekly lessons, beginning with drawing, moving through painting and printmaking, and then building to paper collage and mixed media.

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The Art of Tinkering

Wilkinson, Karen author.

Join 150+ makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold work and use this book to do some tinkering yourself.

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If You Build It, They Will Learn

Yeany, Bruce

If You Build It, They Will Learn is the perfect do-it-yourself guide for physics teachers who want custom-made demonstration projects to use in their classrooms. Devices like Galileo's Track, Coupled Pendulum, and Gum-Wrapper Thermostat will help you teach forces, energy, properties of matter, and much more. Best of all, you don't need an engineering degree to assemble these devices.

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