Branching Out With STEM Books
Insulin, the cardiac pacemaker, Plexiglas, the Canadarm – Canada is well regarded for our contribution to the advancement of human knowledge. What better way to engage the mind and build knowledge than to create something. Maker spaces and STEM programming are becoming a prominent feature in education in schools, libraries and elsewhere. Making things is an engaging way to learn, and here are some books that will help you find your next project.
In Duct Tape Engineer, author Lance Akiyama provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to create 14 different projects using duct tape. Ever make a duct tape wallet before? Sure, but what about a backpack, bed or kayak? Explore through the book's coloured illustrations to see all the different things that its possible to make with duct tape, and maybe try one out yourself.
The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn by Colleen & Aaron Graves
This book is full of hands-on DIY projects, including everything from smartphone tweaks, to musical instruments and even some coding, all of which have been vetted through classroom testing.
Paper Inventions shows you how to make an assortment of crafts with the simplest of materials – paper. You'll soon find yourself stocking up to make self-folding paper models, light-up paper projects, and paper machines.
The Gadget Inventor Handbook by Mike Warren
Hands-on projects for inventive kids!
Gizmos, gadgets, circuits and LEDs: this how-to book is packed with fun things for young inventors to make. From drawing a robot and practicing on a breadboard, to building a racing machine, each project offers detailed step-by-step instructions and ample illustrations to guide kids as they master core skills in electronics. Every object is customizable and perfect for firing up children's imaginations.
Theodore Gray's Completely Mad Science by Theodore Gray
This 432-page book is full of science experiments that you'll go mad for! Kids might need the help of an older sibling, parent or friend to tackle some of the more advanced experiments.
Need more inspiration? Why not try one of these books:
• Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smaller, Smarter, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier & Happier by David Johnston (Governor General of Canada) and Tom Jenkins (9+)
• Not a Box by Antoinette Portis (0-5)
With a little imagination, the right tools and the right books, you can create anything.