“Yes, they let women do some things as NASA, Mr. Johnson, and it’s not because we wear skirts, it’s because we wear glasses.”
We are so excited about the film, Hidden Objects, for the light it shines on history & women in STEM! Have you heard about it yet? Well, once you see the trailer, you’ll want to learn more about this inspiring women who played such a giant, yet untold role, in the Apollo missions. This Hollywood spotlight on STEM couldn’t come at a better time: when we need more of these skills a focus in our schools, and to recruit females to consider careers in STEM-related fields. The White House administration has been putting great emphasis on this, including 2017 plans in motion for initiatives like Computer Science for All. At the most recent Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, one of the NASA scientists, Katherine Johnson was honored. We need more Katherine Johnsons coming up in the ranks… and literature if a great way to show readers a mirror; inspire them to see what they’re capable of in the field of STEM.
This month, we encourage you to read books that fall under the STEM realm… it’s up to you to determine what that means! Sci-fi? Nonfiction about tech? A biography on mathematicians and other innovators? We hope to see you uncover a range of literature, share what you’ve found with us and with students, and inspire the next generation. Need some help getting started? Check out the suggestions below.
I’m sure most of you already follow Tavia, but be sure to watch her tweets closely. She often shares great articles about these fields on her Twitter feed, which might inspire you further on how to integrate more STEM in your teaching!
- YALSA STEM mashup
- STEM Mindmap
- B&N 7 YA Reads for Girls Interested in STEM
- The Guardian: Top 10 STEM girls in YA
- Teen Librarian Toolbox: STEM girls
- YALSA Science & Technology
If you want to read up more on the back story, the Smithsonian magazine put out a great article: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-black-women-mathematicians-who-helped-win-wars-and-send-astronauts-space-180960393/