Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse and the ACT! (Math Edition)
Get your hands on the math skills you need to pass the ACT. View this video series to learn learn topics such as rates, exponential growth, multiplication principle, probability, geometry, ratios, velocity, and more. The infection is spreading! Help stop the zombie outbreak! Learn more at smartspaceniu.com/zombiemath/
Interviews and Workshops with Educators
Technology Integration Interviews & Tips
View this video playlist to learn technology integration tips, strategies, and stories with educators who are well-known for their successful integration of technology into teaching and learning.
Training Mentor Teachers Workshop
This video series documents the Training Mentor Teachers Summer Workshop at Northern Illinois University. Vicky Tusken fromDeKalb CUSD 428 delivered a keynote address about quality instruction and the Illinois Learning Standards (ILS). View the keynote and more.
From Fiction to STEAM
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty – Related Videos
View a reading by author Andrea Beaty. Learn about designing an invention from an engineer. Pettee Guerrero from NIU STEM Outreach demonstrates the engineering design process as she creates an imagined snake-repelling helmet from Andrea Beaty’s imaginative book, Rosie Revere, Engineer, a featured STEM Read selection.
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty – Related Videos
For our unit on Iggy Peck, Architect, we talk to two members of Northern Illinois University’s branch of the Society of Women Engineers to talk about mechanical engineering, and how to become an engineer yourself!
Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds- Related Videos
Check out the STEM Read book Carnivores written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Dan Santat. View this playlist to see the author reading his book and to learn more about the science of different kinds of animals. We visited the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore, IL where executive director Cindy Chang talked about her favorite carnivores and provided some cool facts about these meat-eating creatures.
The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett / I Am Amelia Earhardt by Brad Meltzer
View this playlist to learn more about aerodynamics and why planes fly. Rose Ellen May, pilot extraordinaire, talks about her experiences as a pilot and her role models Amelia Earhart. Also, get your hands on the STEM Read books on flight: I Am Amelia Earhart and The Boy and the Airplane.
Dark Life by Kat Falls – Related Videos
Watch an author talk with Kat Falls, who explains the science behind her fiction. Want to design an underwater house like the settlers in Dark Life (A STEM Read book by Kat Falls)? Become an engineer! NIU’s Pettee Guerrero describes her journey to becoming a mechanical engineer, her work with the Lego Aquabots programs, and current designs for underwater dwellings.
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau – Related Videos
View videos from our NIU event Can You Survive the Testing? This event was based on the book The Testing by Joelle Charboneau. This playlist features videos from the event, including a talk from the author.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
See highlights from James Dashner’s visit to Northern Illinois University for the STEM Read field trip event Maze Runner at NIU.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – Related Videos
At our Ender’s Day at NIU event, based on the book Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Cart, we discussed the science behind the fiction. Watch videos from various experts, such as Dr. Jon S. Miller, professor of Biology at NIU, who talks about Ender’s Game’s biggest threat, the buggers, and the real life bugs we see every day. In part 1 of his talk, Dr. Miller discusses bugs, and how they completely rule the world. View other videos in the playlist to learn about topics from space travel to bullying.
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells – Related Videos
The Martians have landed in DeKalb, and they did not come in peace! Throughout the winter, we worked with Northern Public Radio and school and library groups to create our own adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic “The War of the Worlds,” in the style of Orson Welles’ own 1939 radio adaptation. The DeKalb county community came together to make this collaboratively-created masterpiece! View the broadcast and watch other videos with experts explaining the science behind the fiction.
Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson – Related Videos
Learn about the science fiction conventions in Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson. Also, view videos with Dr. David Gunkel, professor of Communication Technology at NIU and author of The Machine Question. He discusses the ethics behind calling robots “people,” and the character of Archos, the rogue AI from Robopocalypse.
Breakthrough by Jack Andraka – Related Videos
Teen innovator and inventor Jack Andraka, author of the new book Breakthrough, talks about a few of his favorite things, including favorite books, movies, tv shows, and even his favorite Real Houswives! Also view the other videos in this playlist to learn how other teens intend on changing the world.