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STEAM Resources

A collection of ideas and resources for libraries looking to implement STEAM activities and programs.

YALSA’s STEM Toolkit created by YALSA task force

Masters in Data Science Website has lots of great resources to check out:

    • The Beehive – a site filled with articles and videos on basic digital literacy skills.
    • In Pictures – a site that teaches computer skills through pictures, not words.
    • Teach Parents Tech – a site that has everything your parents need to know about computers!
    • Design Squad Nation – A PBS site that introduces kids to engineering by offering STEM-related videos and a community for tweens/teens to get inspired and share creative ideas. They also have a Parents and Educators section with STEM guides, lessons, and classroom-ready resources
    • Minute Physics – a YouTube channel filled with short (1-3 minute) videos on physics
    • ViHart – Cool videos from a mathematician from Khan Academy
    • Crash Courses – short videos on everything from physics to history
    • How to Smile – math and science activities”>
    • Afterschool Alliance STEM Toolkit and more
    • Microsoft Youth Spark – for teens 13-18 years of age. Free courses on various areas such as digital literacy.
    • STEM Resources – Courtesy of Tennessee Department of Education
    • Great Science for Girls – a website full of resources dedicated to increasing the representation of women in STEM careers.
    • OneZoom is committed to heightening awareness about the diversity of life on earth, its evolutionary history and the threats of extinction. This website allows you to explore the tree of life in a completely new way: it’s like a map, everything is on one page, all you have to do is zoom in and out.
    • National Girls Collaborative Project is designed to reach girl-serving STEM organizations across the United States.
  • Stem Video Challenge 2013 – The National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition that aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games. Join the new faces of game design and start designing today! Click on the link below to enter and submit your game.
  • Future City Idaho – The Future City™ Competition, in its 21st year nationally and 9th year in Idaho, is a free educational program for sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students run entirely by volunteers throughout the state. It is a national program that fosters an interest in math, science and engineering through hands-on, real world applications.
  • FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
  • Mars Rover Challenge

Other Resources

YALSA The Young Adult Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, provides information in several formats and sponsors events that focus on teens.
Web 2.0 tools Get a head start on those five-year olds!
Digital Copyright See the new Fair Use Guidelines and the tool for reasoning fair use.
Teen Mystery Parties
The Ultimate Teacher’s Guide to Social Media
Creating Teen Spaces Archived webinar including GREAT ideas on designing teen space in your library.
Creating Special Spaces Powerpoint with wonderful pictures of teen spaces in libraries across the country.
Low Cost Teen Space Handout
Funding Teen Spaces Handout
Fifty Ways to Promote Teen Reading in Your School Library Great resource for ALL libraries.

Ohio Library Council Teen Programming Guide

Hunger Games Trivia Powerpoint

Hunger Games Trivia Questions and Key

Hunger Games “Survivor Sheet” from Lewiston City Library

Hunger Games Scavenger Hunt – Teen Instructions

Listserv Responses for “End-Cap” Questions

2012 Teens and Technology Course – Using READ®Design Studio Content

Teens and Technology 2012 was designed to provide library staff with the tools and knowledge they needed to create exciting projects and marketing materials using ALA’s READ® content. We achieved this through regional hands-on workshops, online learning and networking, and a face to face meeting at ICfL. Teens from across Idaho created some incredible projects. Check out some of them HERE.

Do you want to learn how to use a free photo editing software with RDS? Then check out these detailed tutorials for using GIMP to create READ posters, tatoos, window clings, bookmarks and more.

2012 Teens and Technology and Teen Tech Week Summary Report can be found here.

2011 Teens and Technology Course – Booktrailers!

Booktrailers are everywhere! Publishers use them to get teens to read their books. Libraries use them to engage teens and introduce them to new literature. Check out the book trailers created by teens across Idaho as part of the 2011 Teens and Technology coursework HERE.

2011 Teens and Technology Summary Report can be found here.