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We Can STEM All Day: STEM in the Elementary Library Curriculum

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Amanda Chacon  
Looking for ways to seamlessly incorporate more STEM into your library, whether it be through STEM stations, makerspaces, storybook STEM or all of the above? Join in as we lead through you through real-world applications you can start today for all grade levels and time limits!

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Library/media
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
Related exhibitors:
, Demco, Inc.
, Follett School Solutions
, Girls Who Code
, Sphero
, Wakelet
, TechNType - Typesy

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will come away with solid, relevant, and tried-and-true ideas for their library and classroom spaces of how to incorporate more STEM-focused literacy activities. Following examples done by Ms. Buschmann, the presenter will walk participants through the set-up of maker stations, makerspaces, and how to start and implement Storybook STEM on a fixed or flexible schedule. Example lesson plans will be provided as well.


Introduction - introduce speaker and background (2 minutes)
The Library? - why the library, or how to adapt for the classroom (5 minutes)
STEM stations - what are they, what's in them, how to manage them (8 minutes)
Makerspace - what is it, where is it, how to stock it, how to manage it (8 minutes)
Storybook STEM - what is it, how to implement it, examples (12 minutes)
Clubs - examples include all-girls STEM club STEM GEMS, 3-D printing club, Genius Hour (5 minutes)
Q&A - remaining time

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Amanda Chacon, Carroll Elementary/Sheldon ISD

Amanda is a NISE STEM-certified Future Ready Librarian who also holds LEGO Education Master Educator status, Ozobot Certified Educator status, and, most recently, Epic! Master Teacher certification. She believes the library is a place where all students are welcome to explore their interests and creativity. #MyLibraryIsNotQuiet! Special interests include how STEM and literacy intersect and support one another. This is her 12th year as a librarian and 18th year in education.

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