STEM and Children's Literature: Research

This resource guide complements the Pollak Library fall 2015 exhibit on children's literature and curriculum resources to support STEM elementary education.


Scholarly Articles

Sikma, Lynn1, and Margery1, "Conflicts In Developing An Elementary STEM Magnet School." Theory Into Practice 53.1 (2014): 4-10. Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 13 Aug. 2015.

Conflicts in Developing an Elementary STEM Magnet School

Elementary schools in the United States have been the terrain of a highly politicized push for improved reading and mathematics attainment, as well as calls for increased importance to be given to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). With priorities placed on basic skills, however, instructional time in subjects such as science in the elementary years has been greatly diminished. We recount in this article the efforts of a school district to create an elementary STEM school through the designation of a magnet school and elaborate on the inherent tensions and conflicts in such an effort.

Enderson, Mary C.1, "Ready, Aim, Fire Your Cannons!." Teaching Children Mathematics 21.8 (2015): 502-506. Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 12 Aug. 2015

Ready, Aim, Fire Your Cannons!

The article focuses on the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities. Investigations in STEM concepts that elementary and middle school teachers carried out ways of implementing STEM activities into their instruction. Practices allows a teacher to present situations in which students can engage in doing mathematics while using of STEM.

DEJARNETTE, NANCY K.1. "America's Children: Providing Early Exposure To Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering And Math) Initiatives." Education 133.1 (2012): 77-84. Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 13 Aug. 2015.


Recent attention has been brought to light in the United States regarding low numbers of students pursing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines and degree programs (National Science Board, 2010). There is a great need in America for talented scientists and engineers. Numerous programs abound for high school and middle school students in regard to STEM initiatives; however, fewer opportunities exist for elementary students and their teachers. Research has shown that early exposure to STEM initiatives and activities positively impacts elementary students' perceptions and dispositions (Bagiati, Yoon, Evangelou, & Ngambeki, 2010; Bybee, & Fuchs, 2006). By capturing students' interest in STEM content at an earlier age, a proactive approach can ensure that students are on track through middle and high school to complete the needed coursework for adequate preparation to enter STEM degree programs at institutions of higher learning. As a result, programs focusing on STEM initiatives and content are a growing priority in American schools with aims to provide early exposure for elementary students.