STEM can be found in fiction! Everyone loves a good story and our guest Gillian King-Cargile from STEM Read in Northern Illinois University uses narratives in novels, picture books, comics and more to highlight scientific concepts to readers of all ages and in doing so makes science literacy all the more relevant. From live interviews with celebrated authors through to hands-on experiments based on the books themselves, STEM Read is all about making the science in the books shine!
About Gillian King-Cargile
Gillian King-Cargile is the founder and director of NIU’s STEM Read, a program that introduces young readers to the science, technology, engineering, and math concepts behind popular fiction books. She earned her B.A. in film production and M.F.A. in creative writing from SIU. She also coordinates the Science Fiction Writing Competition and directs NIU’s Creative Writing summer day camp for middle school students. Gillian is interested in developing and nurturing local and national literary communities and creating connections between university experts, community professionals, and learners of all ages.
STEM Read uses live and online programs to inspire readers to learn more about the science, technology, engineering, and math concepts in popular fiction. Readers enjoy the books on their own or with school or library groups and then meet at NIU or connect with us online to explore the science behind the fiction through hands-on activities, presentations by NIU faculty and staff, author visits, interactive games, collaborative writing projects, and other STEAM activities (STEM plus the arts).
About the FizzicsEd Podcast
With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It's not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it's about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!
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