STEM Super Science – Careers in STEM

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From the messy to the unbelievable the Library offers hands on STEM learning opportunities for kids across our 18 locations. We encourage children to discover and explore their dreams by connecting these fun activities to real life jobs they can aspire to. During Super Science programs we’re learning about innovative scientists like the inventor of Crayola crayons to the brave marine biologist who swam with sharks. Journey to space with Mae Jemison and then get down in the dirt with Charles Henry Turner.

While programs are on hold in response to COVID-19 STEM biographies are great to pair with activities at home. Read these books together and try out some experiments or outdoor adventures. Sites like PBS Learning Media, Wide Open School and the database Science Online (available from home with your Library card!) are stocked with fun activities to connect with these amazing STEM biographies.

A Black Woman Did That

Spotlighting vibrant, inspiring black women whose accomplishments have changed the world for the better, this volume profiles well-known historical figures and women who are pushing boundaries today, including Ida B. Wells, Mae Jamison, Maxine Waters, and Ava DuVernay.

A Boy and a Jaguar

Renowned cat conservationist Alan Rabinowitz reflects on his early childhood struggles with a speech disorder, describing how he only spoke fluently when he was communicating with animals and how he resolved at a young age to find his voice in order to be their advocate. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.

Dream Builder : The Story of Architect Philip Freelon

A biography of Philip Freelon, whose rich family history and deep understanding of Black culture brought him to the role of lead architect for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Mae Among the Stars

Mae wanted to be an astronaut. Her parents encouraged her, saying, “If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.” This encouragement, along with Mae’s own curiosity, intelligence, and determination, paved the way for her to become the first African American woman to travel in space.

Mario and the Hole in the Sky : How a Chemist Saved Our Planet

The true story of how Mexican-American scientist Mario Molina helped solve the ozone crisis of the 1980s and went on to become a Nobel laureate and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His inspiring story gives hope in the fight against global warming.

Patricia's Vision : The Doctor Who Saved Sight

Born in 1940s Harlem, Patricia Bath dreamed of being a doctor–even though that wasn’t a career option for most women. This biography follows Dr. Bath in her quest to become an ophthalmologist and restore sight to the blind. “Choosing miracles” when everyone else had given up hope, she invented a specialized laser for removing cataracts, becoming the first African American woman doctor to receive a medical patent