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MeL Minute: Women in STEM for Women's History Month

Not only do we celebrate reading in the month of March, we also celebrate women!  Here are some suggestions for using MeL resources to read about women who have made some major contributions in STEM:

BookFLIX: Primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall is considered to be the world’s foremost expert of chimpanzees. Introduce children to her endearing subjects and work as both a scientist and activist with this featured pair from BookFlix.

Britannica School: Britannica offers leveled reading on a multitude of subjects. Plus they include over 46,000 biographies. We’ve pulled together some resource packs you can use with your students.  First, click into any level of Britannica (Elementary, Middle, or High), and then click on either Women in STEM – Elementary or Women in STEM – Secondary.

eBooks: Learn more about women and careers in computer programing, astronomy, and space science in eBooks such as Astronomy: Cool Women in Space and Technology: Cool Women Who Code. These titles, available in the EBSCO eBooks K-8 collection, provide biographies of women in these fields, with links to primary sources, essentials questions, and knowledge connections.

Kids InfoBits: Browse the People category and find out how Ada Lovelace, Mary Jackson, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Mae Jemison all have contributed to STEM.

NoveList K8+: Use this database to identify books to read.  If you search “Women in STEM”, you will see a list of 65 books that you can check out at your local library!

Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Among the many issues in Opposing Viewpoints in Context, the topic “Working Women” might be a great discussion starter for your class.

Research in Context: Explore the People category to read about women in STEM like Rachel Carson and Sally Ride.

World Book for Kids: Click on “Important People” from the main page.  You can search based on “Female” and then by “Job or Achievement”.


Brought to you by Christine Schneider, MeL Education Specialist

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