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Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!


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  • Multicultural STEM Professionals Featured at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

    Men and women all over the world work together to achieve feats in science, technology, engineering and math. The contributions of scientists and engineers in STEM professions are the inspiration for a unique Heritage Family Day Saturday, Aug. 2, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. “We Share STEM! Connecting Across Cultures: Heritage Family Day and Helicopter Display” will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As a special highlight of the day, the theme of cross-cultural collaboration will be showcased through an outdoor display of seven helicopters representing a variety of organizations, including a Bell 429 Global Ranger from...      Read more...
  • From the Classroom to the Bookshelf

    It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week and we’d like to pay tribute to five of our favorite children’s science book authors who were also teachers. Even though they aren’t in the classroom anymore, they are still teaching and sharing their knowledge and skills with school children through their books. Though each has a unique voice, they share a gift for speaking directly to children and holding their attention, as all good teachers do. Vicki Cobb Vicki Cobb has been a full time writer of children’s science books for many years. But before that she was a science teacher. Her engaging hands-on science books have earned her many honors, including an AAAS/Subaru SB&F...      Read more...
  • Thinkfinity Offers Free Webinar on Science Reading and the Common Core

    On Thursday, November 15, 2012, Verizon's Thinkfinity community will be offering a live webinar called Meeting the Demands of the Common Core: Mentoring Readers of Science and Technical Texts . The presenter will be Doug Buehl author of Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines , published by the International Reading Association (IRA). The live presentation will occur at 4:00 pm ET (1:00 pm PT/2:00 pm MT/3:00 pm). Participants will discover why integrating literacy practices into the flow of regular disciplinary instruction is integral to 21st-century learners. As students strive to meet new rigorous standards, teachers of science, mathematics, and technical subjects face an urgent...      Read more...
    Published 13 Nov 2012 3:20 PM by Maria Sosa
  • NASA Challenges Students To Train Like An Astronaut

    A new NASA program brings the excitement of space exploration to children learning to live a healthy lifestyle. Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative, NASA's Train Like an Astronaut program aims to increase opportunities both in and out of school for kids to become more physically and mentally active. The program uses the excitement of space exploration and astronaut training to challenge, inspire and educate kids to set physical fitness goals and practice fitness and proper nutrition. Kids will explore mission challenges, learn the science behind nutrition and learn to train like an astronaut. The activities used in the Train Like an Astronaut program were...      Read more...
    Published 5 Mar 2012 3:59 PM by Maria Sosa
  • STEM and Poetry

    In this month's issue we reviewed At the Sea Floor Cafe: Odd Ocean Critters Poems . It contains 17 poems that follow introduce unusual marine animals, such as the snapping shrimp, coconut octopus, violet snail, and narwhal. The author, Leslie Bulion, utilizes a variety of poetic forms and discusses these in detail in the endnotes so that budding poets may be inspired to learn more. Coincidentally, this month Thinkfinity, the educationional website of The Verizon Foundation, posted a new feature called STEM Poetry . The page features three new videos from ReadWriteThink (a Thinkfinity partner site) that demonstrate how to use STEM poetry in the classroom. Included are links to other Thinkfinity...      Read more...
    Published 8 Sep 2011 3:08 PM by Heather Malcomson
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