The summer is finally here, and school will soon become a distant memory for students.Although classrooms will be empty over the break, who says that learning has to stop?
There is a huge emphasis on education today, particularly on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as these subjects help children think creatively and develop critical thinking skills from a young age.
Students can take advantage of this holiday time to flex their STEM muscles and challenge their problem-solving skills. Here are 5 STEM suggestions for summer reading and experimenting:ABCs of MathematicsBy Chris FerrieFor ages: baby and up
This board book is the brainchild of Chris Ferrie – a physicist, mathematician, and father who has a passion for introducing young children to math and science in an exciting manner. ABCs of Mathematics introduces little learners to math concepts with the help of the alphabet. With three levels of learning, children can grow with this book. If you are a fan, there is an entire Baby University series to check out.
How to Code a SandcastleWritten by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Sara PalaciosFor ages: 4 – 8
Is your child interested in coding? This beach adventure follows Pearl and her robot pal, Pascal, as they try to build the perfect sandcastle with the help of coding concepts. This colourful picture book comes from Girls Who Code, a computer science non-profit, which aims to get girls and other children interested in programming.
365 Science ActivitiesWritten by Minna Lacey, Dr. Lisa Gillespie and Lucy BowmanIllustrated by Alex Walker, Giulia Olivares, Francesca Carabelli and Binny TalibFor ages: 6 and up
Students can learn about science this summer with a new experiment to try at home each day. This activity-based book is actually filled with enough learning opportunities for every day of the year. Budding scientists will learn to make sugar crystals, foaming fizz, and slime. Warning: it may be time to invest in a lab coat!
Solve This! Wild and Wacky Challenges for the Genius Engineer in YouBy Joan Marie GalatFor ages: 8 – 12
Give students an early introduction to engineering with this title targeted to middle school readers. This resource is filled with fun challenges like how to soundproof your bedroom and how to make a backyard waterfall. It’s backed up with solutions from professional scientists, explorers, and engineers in the field. Who knew learning could be this fun?
Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier, and HappierBy David Johnston and Tom JenkinsFor ages: 14 and up
For VLM readers who enjoyed the Innovation Nation review for March Break, this title is the adult version and companion. The descriptions and content are more sophisticated in nature, therefore, this book is also appreciated by more advanced readers, high school students, and parents. This unique resource, celebrating science and technology in Canada, is co-authored by former Governor General David Johnston, and is a tribute to Canada’s incredible history
of innovation and collaboration.
Joanne Sallay is the President of Teachers on Call, an award-winning home tutoring service with over 30 years of experience providing one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades. Visit Teachers on Call at www.teachersoncall.ca