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Promoting STEM Through Literature

Several of Michigan’s educational standards focus on engineering design thinking, collaboration, creation, as well as soft skills that include inquiry and problem-solving skills, all the while helping students see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things.

While it is an absolute need for students to acquire and use these skills in their lives developing ways to teach students about design thinking concepts and having them put that learning into practice can be intimidating.

Promoting STEM Through Literature builds on the REMC Association’s successful Classroom Maker project by incorporating new curricular connections.

This project shows educators how to use literature to get students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. With book cards/lesson plans that include pre, during and post reading questions, each book card/lesson plan includes a maker-STEM connection to the Classroom Maker materials already available in each REMC.

Beyond that, sets of books from Promoting STEM Through Literature have been placed at each local REMC.

Objectives include:

  • Promote the STEM-literacy connection with free, easy-to-use lessons (referred to as book cards) using materials available at all REMCs.
  • Support the REMC Classroom Makers project through the use of maker kit materials available at all REMCs. 
  • Provide training to teachers around the state in both the upper & lower peninsulas to promote the free materials and a design thinking mindset.

These one-day Promoting STEM Through Literature 2019-20 workshops are offered at various locations throughout 2019-20 school year.  The workshops are free and offer 6 free SCECHs. 

April 21 | 8:00 am - 3:30 pm   
Marquette-Alger RESA
321 E. Ohio St., Marquette MI 49855

April 22 | 8:00 am - 3:30 pm   
Charlevoix-Emmet ISD Boyne City
1313 Boyne Ave, Boyne City MI 49712

May 6 | 8:00 am - 3:30 pm   
Gratiot-Isabella RESD, Winding Brook Conference Center
8240 S. Genuine Road, Shepherd, MI 48883

Ready to sign up as a participant? Online registration is available here

Promoting STEM Through Literature Contacts

Judy Bowling
Project Manager
Kerry Guiliano
Project Manager