#YearofYA January 2017 – Stem & YA Lit

“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.”


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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!



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/


2 thoughts on “#YearofYA January 2017 – Stem & YA Lit

  1. Fiction Books I read recommended by Tavia’s sites:
    Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
    Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
    Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill
    Fever by Laurie Halse Anderson
    Drowned City by Don Brown
    Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi
    The Living by Matt dela Pena
    Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
    Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
    The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson


  2. Nonfiction Books I read for STEM:
    2016 The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan Goodman***
    2016 Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber by Sue Macy***
    2016 Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks***
    2016 Ada Lovelace: The Poet of Science by Diane Stanley***
    2015 Ida M. Tarbell by Emily Arnold McCully
    2014 Red Madness by Gail Jarrow***
    2014 Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone***
    2013 Steve Job; The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
    2012 Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
    2012 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    2005 Guinea Pig Scientists by Mel Boring
    2004 Stiff: The Curious Life of Cadavers by Mary Roach


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