Are you being asked to do STEM activities in your classes and workshops and have no idea where to start or have little to no budget? STEM education refers to teaching and learning, mostly hands-on, in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Integrating STEM activities in any discipline teaches how all things relate to each other, in school and in life. As a result, librarians, media specialists, and teachers are being asked to incorporate STEM learning activities into their curriculum, regardless of the subject matter, and many of these educators are unsure how to proceed. There are several ways to mix engaging STEM activities into your library programs and curriculum and this webinar will touch on the following and more to help you demystify STEM:

– Understand the importance of STEM education.
– Practice the four Cs of learning: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.
– Collect best practices to create good and inexpensive (many free) STEM lessons.
– Teach 21st Century skills without technology.
– Learn strategies (e.g., productive struggle) to creatively solve real-world problems.
– Assess the success of your activities


Original broadcast November 8, 2017

Biography ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum (<a href=”https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E”>https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E</a>).

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. Chad also plays drums in two bands, Fowler’s Bluff and Low Season, and he also organizes Pinellas Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.