What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? selected for 2017 Best STEM Books list


Reading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) trade books is the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning STEM content. Building upon a strong legacy of recommending science trade books, this year the a newly created book review panel has been appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to select the Best STEM Books of the year. The first list will be selected by volunteer educators, assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

STEM is more than a concept diagram with connections among four (or more) subject areas. It’s a unique way of knowing and exploring the world. The STEM approach involves the essence of the practices of science and engineering. Tools like mathematics, technology and communication skills are interwoven in STEM explorations. That seamlessness is what challenges educators around the world. And nowhere is that more obvious than when teachers look to find literature to integrate into a STEM curriculum.

To represent the philosophy of STEM, NSTA invited a unique collaboration with three other groups, the American Association of Engineering Educators, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, and the mathematics reps from Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees. Through almost a year of study, the group came up with these criteria for the best STEM literature for young readers:

The best books would Invite STEM-like thinking by

  • Modeling real world innovation
  • Embracing real world design, invention and innovation
  • Connecting with authentic experiences
  • Showing assimilation of new ideas
  • Illustrating teamwork, diverse skills, creativity, and cooperation
  • Inviting divergent thinking and doing
  • Integrating interdisciplinary and creative approaches
  • Exploring multiple solutions to problems
  • Addressing connections between STEM disciplines
  • Exploring Engineering Habits of Mind
    • Systems thinking
    • Creativity
    • Optimization
    • Collaboration

The best STEM books might represent the practices of science and engineering by

  • Asking questions, solving problems, designing and redesigning
  • Integrating STEM disciplines
  • Showing the progressive changes that characterize invention and/or engineering by
  • Demonstrating designing or redesigning, improving, building, or repairing a product or idea
  • Showing the process of working through trial and error
  • Progressively developing better engineering solutions
  • Analyzing efforts and makes necessary modifications along the way
  • Illustrates at points, failure might happen and that is acceptable providing reflection and learning occurs
    • Communication
    • Ethical considerations

Best STEM Books is a joint project of the American Society for Engineering Education,  International Technology and Engineering Educators AssociationNational Science Teachers AssociationSociety of Elementary Presidential Awardees, and the Children’s Book Council. The list aims to provide recommendations to educators, librarians, parents, and guardians for the best trade books with STEM content. 


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