The STEM Read Podcast The STEM Read podcast explores the connections between STEM and storytelling. Join hosts Gillian King-Cargile and Dr. Kristin Brynteson as they dive into a hot topic in K-12 education with an educator or STEM expert. After that, they talk with an author whose books can ignite enthusiasm for reading and learning. Get great reading recommendations, spark stemtastic ideas for your classroom or library, and geek out with Gillian and Kristin about science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.
The STEM Read Podcast

The STEM Read Podcast

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The STEM Read podcast explores the connections between STEM and storytelling. Join hosts Gillian King-Cargile and Dr. Kristin Brynteson as they dive into a hot topic in K-12 education with an educator or STEM expert. After that, they talk with an author whose books can ignite enthusiasm for reading and learning. Get great reading recommendations, spark stemtastic ideas for your classroom or library, and geek out with Gillian and Kristin about science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.

Most Recent Episodes

The STEM Read Podcast - #MeToo Movement in Children's Literature

Episode 10: #MeToo Movement in Children's Literature with Anne Ursu & Martha Brockenbrough and Melanie Koss In this episode of the STEM Read Podcast we sit down with two major voices in the children's literature #MeToo movement, Anne Ursu and Martha Brockenbrough, as well as NIU Professor and Literary scholar Melanie Koss. Northern Illinois University's STEM Read is part of the NIU STEAM family of programs that explore science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Find more great

The STEM Read Podcast - Big Ideas for Little Makers

Episode 9: Big Ideas for Little Makers featuring Todd Burleson and Andrea Beaty How do we teach hands-on learning to young learners? At what age should students begin "making"? In this episode of The STEM Read podcast, we bring back friend-of-the-program, Andrea Beaty, and School Library Journal's 2016 school librarian of the year, Todd Burleson, to discuss why we should be teaching higher concepts at younger grade levels and the important of a makerspace beyond the 3D printer. Northern Illinois

The STEM Read Podcast: What You Don't Know Could Kill You!

We're celebrating Women's History Month by bringing you stories of safety science from women whose work and sacrifices have made the world a cleaner, less radioactive place. Gillian (@gkingcargile) and Kristin (@kbrynteson) interview Dr. Marilyn Black , a chemist and pioneering researcher of indoor air quality who has revolutionized our understanding of industrial chemicals and helped manufactures make safer, greener products. Next they talk with Kate Moore , author of The Radium Girls: The Dark

The STEM Read Podcast: Speaking Up Without Talking Down

Episode 6: Speaking Up Without Talking Down with Ruth Spiro and Paul Kassel This week's episode starts with a reflection on the widespread accusations of sexual misconduct in the children's publishing industry. Gillian (@gkingcargile) shares her thoughts on The Maze Runner and discusses what STEM Read is doing in response to revelations about author James Dashner. We're putting together a full episode on the collision of the #MeToo Movement and Children's Literature in the coming weeks. Then

The STEM Read Podcast: Doodlers and Daydreamers

Episode 6: Doodlers and Daydreamers with Dr. Rhonda Robinson and Tom Lichtenheld On this episode of the STEM Read podcast, hosts Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile) and Kristin Brynteson (@kbrynteson) chat with visual literacy expert Dr. Rhonda Robinson and author/illustrator Tom Lichtenheld ( Cloudette, Duck! Rabbit!, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site ). We'll talk to Rhonda about the importance of fostering visual literacy skills in learners and share some activities and picture books

The STEM Read Podcast: The Rise of F%@k

Episode 5: The Rise of F%@k with Melissa Wright and M.C. Atwood This episode of the STEM Read podcast contains strong language and a strong message. Join hosts Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile) and Kristin Brynteson (@kbrynteson) as we chat with linguistic Melissa Wright (www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-wright1316) and The Devil's You Know author M.C. Atwood. We'll explore the history, culture, and linguistics of swearing and examine the use of swearing as a tool to reveal character and breed

The STEM Read Podcast: Learning by Doing

Episode 4: Learning by Doing with Nancy Cavanaugh, Jasmine Carey, Mackenzie Thompson, and Melanie Koss Kristin (@kbrynteson) and Gillian (@gkingcargile) mock some of Kristin's job titles and then sit down with NIU seniors Jasmine Carey and Mackenzie Thompson to talk about why they are pursuing engineering and why every little girl should play with power tools. Melanie Koss (@melaniekoss‏) from NIU's Department of Literacy interviews Gillian and author Nancy Cavanaugh (@NancyJCavanaugh) during a

The STEM Read Podcast: Inquiry with Zack Gilbert and M.T. Anderson

Episode 3: Inquiry with Zack Gilbert and M.T. Anderson Students and sci-fi authors tend to question everything, but not all educators are ready to bring inquiry into their classrooms. Until recently, it has been the stuff of science labs. Now there is a push to embrace essential questions across the curriculum. This week, Gillian and Kristin interview social studies teacher and fellow podcaster Zack Gilbert ( ) and award-winning author M.T. Anderson ( ) to learn how to use inquiry to explore

The STEM Read Podcast: "What If?"

On this episode of the STEM Read Podcast, we explore the magical little question, "What If." Hugo-Award Winning editor, Lynne M. Thomas ( and speculative fiction author, Aaron Starmer ( weigh in on the importance of fostering fun and embracing genre fiction in the classroom. Aaron Starmer's book Spontaneous was sparked by the question, "What if high school seniors started spontaneously combusting?" Lynne Thomas's Uncanny Magazine was spurred by the question "What if there were space unicorns?"

The STEM Read Podcast: Science and Storytelling

Episode 1: Science and Storytelling with Erika Gebel Berg and Mike Mullin In their debut episode, Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile) and Dr. Kristin Brynteson (@kbrynteson) talk dinosaurs, cannibals, and the science of storytelling with biophysicist and science writer Erika Gebel Berg (@erikagebelberg) and award-winning author Mike Mullin ( mikemullinauthor.com ). Northern Illinois University's STEM Read is part of the NIU STEAM family of programs that explore science, technology, engineering,

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