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 - Chainsaws and Wedding Cakes

Episode 13: Chainsaws and Wedding Cake with Lex Thomas Happy Halloween! On this spooky edition of the STEM Read Podcast Gillian and Kristin sit down with Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies, who write the popular Quarantine book series as Lex Thomas (@LexThomasAuthor). We'll explore using horror books in the classroom and talk learning, writing, teaching, and most importantly, horror-movie binging. Grab a bowl of candy and kick back for this very special episode. Northern Illinois University's STEM

The STEM Read Podcast - Games, Goldfish, and Greatness

Episode 12: Games, Goldfish, and Greatness with Filament Games and Jennifer L. Holm Sometimes the greatest discoveries have humble beginnings. A man with a messy lab and a moldy petri dish could discover of a life-saving medicine. A woman toiling away in a leaky shed could alter our understanding of radioactive materials. A teenage girl's experience as a candy striper could send her on a career path that veers away from medicine and into writing children's literature. A college drop-out could

The STEM Read Podcast - Science Fiction to Fuel Science Fact

Episode 11: Science Fiction to Fuel Science Fact with Andy Weir and Joe Magliano Welcome to Season 2! Every great leap forward starts with a burst of creativity. Someone sees the world as it is, dreams of what it could be, and then works to make the dream a reality. While writers use language and storytelling to inspire change, scientists use research and experimentation. On this episode of the STEM Read podcast we sit down with educational psychologist Joe Magliano and best-selling author of

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

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