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STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A common definition for STEM is…
“…an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy.” Tsupros, N., R. Kohler, and J. Hallinen, 2009. STEM education: A project to identify the missing components, Intermediate Unit 1 and Carnegie Mellon, Pennsylvania
Entelechy Education, LLC takes STEM one step further, with STEM-C™ education – a unique combination of STEM and character education.
This integration occurs in a three book series written by Renee Heiss and Gary A. Stewart and illustrated by Fay Cofrancesco. Each book presents a single-concept STEM topic, combined with a character education topic.
For instance, in the book, Where’s Green?, the EnteleTrons™ help align the seven colors of the rainbow, while exploring the visible spectrum in a prism. Through character interaction, the EnteleTrons™ show everyone the value of cooperation within a group.
In Oxygen Finds Friends, the characters help atoms and molecules come together to form new compounds. Through character interaction, the EnteleTrons™ help young readers understand tolerance of others’ differences.
In the book What’s the Matter? the three primary states of matter understand their role in the water cycle, also exploring temperature and insulation. Through character interaction, the EnteleTrons™ help young readers accept the changes that occur in their lives.
As an additional aid, a free and downloadable learning guide accompanies each title. The guides are cross curricular and support core standards. The EnteleKeyLearning Guides™ offer activities, simple experiments, and discussion questions. The company also offers a free downloadable guide of Creative Options for Writing Assignments in Elementary Science using the EnteleTrons™ Series of Books. The outside STEM resources listed on the site are also helpful.
There are three levels of books–Basic (Where’s Green?), Intermediate (What’s the Matter?), and Advanced (Oxygen Finds Friends). Start with the Basic and move into the other two as your children are ready.
This is a great series–scientific and wholesome–really, what more could you want?
Fun–and fun learning is forever learning!