News | May 22, 2019

NSTA's Latest STEM Road Map Books Spur Students To Take On Real-World Challenges With Environmental Changes, Rainwater Recycling, And Nuclear Energy

ARLINGTON, VA.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

What if 2nd graders needed to build an outdoor STEM classroom, 5th graders were tasked with designing a rainwater recycling system, and 11th graders had to figure out the best response to a nuclear meltdown? With the three new books in the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series, students can learn to take on challenges like these through engaging STEM-themed lessons.

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The STEM Road Map Curriculum Series meets the needs of districts, schools, and teachers who want an integrated approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, and math. The NSTA Press series covers all the STEM concepts as students advance from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Each book in the series is an in-depth module that uses project- and problem-based learning. Students are presented with a challenge and then prompted to apply what they learn by using a mix of science, social studies, English language arts, and math. Engaging and flexible, this resource can be used as a whole or in segments. The STEM Road Map Curriculum Series is anchored in the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the Framework for 21st Century Learning.

The three latest books focus on the theme The Represented World, which is about using models and mathematical functions to examine important features of specific phenomena. The new books are as follows:

Investigating Environmental Changes, Grade 2: STEM Road Map for Elementary School engages young children in planning an outdoor classroom complete with a butterfly garden and a sundial. The module provides a STEM context for exploring how plant and animal life cycles coincide with the Earth’s movement around the Sun. Browse free sample pages at the NSTA Science Store website. (166 pages. Stock #PB425X12; ISBN: 978-1-68140-534-6)

Rainwater Analysis, Grade 5, STEM Road Map for Elementary School puts a fictional community garden at the center of a project for which students design rainwater recycling and delivery systems. This module makes the connection between Earth’s spheres, rainfall analysis, irrigation, and mathematical modeling. Browse free sample pages at the NSTA Science Store website. (256 pages. Stock #PB425X9; ISBN: 978-1-68140-449-3)

Radioactivity, Grade 11: STEM Road Map for High School challenges students to figure out the best response to a partial meltdown at a nuclear reactor in fictional Gammatown, USA. Students must apply what they learn about the science and history of nuclear power to the debate about the safety and efficiency of using it to meet energy demands. Browse free sample pages at the NSTA Science Store website. (185 pages. Stock #PB425X8; ISBN: 978-1-68140-474-5)

For additional information or to purchase any of these three books, others in the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series, or other books from NSTA Press, visit the NSTA Science Store. To order by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays. Each of the books in this series is priced at $29.95 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $23.96.

About NSTA
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA's membership includes approximately 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.

NSTA Press® produces 25 to 30 new books and e-books each year. Focused on the preK–college market and specifically aimed at teachers of science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific content and sound teaching strategies. Follow NSTA Press on Facebook for the latest information and new book releases.


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