The National Geographic Documentary Film Science Fair encourages everyone to become a science geek. A Sundance 2018 audience award winner, this immensely likeable film follows nine high school students from around the globe as they follow their dream to compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair. Filmmakers Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster keep the pace brisk and lively as 1,700 quirky teens battle for the one winner’s spot. Making the movie locally relevant is Serena McCalla a Jericho, Long Island high school science teacher and her students who are featured in the film. Uninspired science students might be motivated after seeing the joy and delight these students take in their projects. A great family film that salutes our future scientists. Available on Prime Video.
Best STEM Books 2019
National Science Teachers Association
Earlier this year the National Science Teachers Association gave 24 titles a Best STEM Book 2019 distinction. Here are a few of the winners. For a complete list see nsta.org
CRASH!BOOM! A Math Tale
By Robie H. Harris, Candlewick Press, $15.99
Elephant shows persistence during several revisions of his design letting children know it’s OK to have failures as long as you keep trying. Serves as an introduction to math concepts.
When Sparks Fly, The True Story of Robert Goddard, the Father of US Rocketry
By Kristen Fulton, Simon & Schuster, $17.99
Learn about Robert Goddard and how his childhood paved the way for his interest in space exploration in this colorful, upbeat book.
Spin the Golden Light Bulb
By Jackie Yeager, Amberjack Publishing, $16.99
A sixth grader competes for a place in a futuristic school for inventors in this novel for middle readers. The plot encourages discussions on the process of invention.
Great STEM Toys
We all know children learn when they play and these toys take learning to another level.
My First Number Train Building Set
Ages 18 months to 5. $19.99
Toddlers learn to count while having fun building with this colorful set.
Code & Go Mouse
Ages 4 and up. $59.99
Kids learn to code as they have fun programming a cute little mouse.
Spy Science Kit
Ages 8 and up. $22
Scientific Explorer helps kids think like a forensic scientist with hands-on tools they can use to solve the crime.