STEM Resources

The Hamilton-Wenham Library received a Science is Everywhere grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The grant funded a year long series of STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) workshops for children and teens who are in grades 3-8. A generous portion of the grant also allowed the Library to update and expand the STEM book and DVD collections. The Science is Everywhere grant ran from October 2014 through September 2015. Below you will find grant funded workshop videos, photos documenting many of the grant activities, and a list of the books, audiobooks, and DVDs that were purchased with grant funds.

Did you have a favorite workshop? Wish we would offer a particular workshop again? Please let us know!
     STEM Workshops Jan.-Feb., 2015:     

STEM Workshops April-May, 2015:

STEM Workshops June 2015:              

Sonic Pi workshop.
Foyer robot-themed display during Dec. 2014.

Computer Aided Design Workshop 3D print display.

Teen Advisory Board creating Lego robots for foyer display.
2 trebuchets and a tesla coil on display in the Young Adult area.
Tesla coil.

Microscope station in Children's Room.

Interactive display station during kick-off month.
Bicycle Mechanics workshop,
Computer Aided Design Workshop.

Robots on the Run Workshop.

Roller coaster workshop.

New STEM Books
We also have a Pinterest board where you will see the new STEM resources that are listed below with their book jackets, found here:
New STEM books and DVDs on display.

All the Right Angles: From Gear Ratios to Calculating Odds: Mathematics in the World of Sports, by Joel Levy, 2013.

Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures, by Virginia Morell, 2013.

Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix, by James Watson, 2012.

Arctic Thaw: Climate Change and the Global Race for Energy Resources, by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson, 2015.

Arduino in Easy Steps, by Stuart Yarnold, 2015.

Astronomy for Young and Old: A Beginner's Guide to the Visible Sky, by Walter Kraul, 2014.

The Basics of Electric Charges, by John O.E. Clark, 2015.
The Basics of Electronicsby Christoper Cooper, 2015.
The Basics of Magnetismby Christopher Cooper, 2015.
The Basics of Mechanicsby John O.E. Clark, 2015.
The Basics of Soundby Christopher Cooper, 2015.

Battling for Victory: The Coolest Robot Competitions, by Kathryn Clay, 2014.

Beetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It, by Loree Burns Griffin, 2014.

Beginner's Guide to 3D Printing:14 Simple Toy Designs to Get You Started, by Mike Rigsby, 2014.

The Best of Instructables: DIY Projects from the World's Biggest Show & Tell, by Make Magazine, 2009.

The Best of Make: 75 Projects, by Mark Frauenfelder, 2007.

The Big Book of Catapult and Trebuchet Plans!, by Ron L.Toms, 2010.

Bioluminescence: Nature and Science at Work, by Marc Zimmer, 2015.

Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds, by Kevin Karlson, 2015.

The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star, by Tom Clynes, 2015.

Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World, by Jack Andraka, 2015.

Build and Pilot Your Own Walkalong Gliders, by Phil Rossoni, 2012.

Bulletproof Feathers: How Science Uses Nature's Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology, by Robert Allen, 2010.

Chernobyl's Wild Kingdom: Life in the Dead Zone, by Rebecca L. Johnson, 2015.

Climate Change: Our Warming Earth, by Carol Hand, 2015.

Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming, by Yasmin B. Kafai, 2014.

Cosmigraphics, by Michael Benson, 2014.

A Curious History of Mathematics: The (Big) Ideas From Early Number Concepts to Chaos Theory, by Joel Levy, 2013.

Curiosity's Mission on Mars: Exploring the Red Planet, by Ron Miller, 2014.

Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselvesby James Nestor, 2014.

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries, by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, 2007.

Debunk It!: How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation, by John Grant, 2015.

Drone University, by John M. Glover, 2014.

Einstein's Dice and Schrodinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics, by Paul Halpern, 2015.

Environmental Science Experiments, by Aviva Ebner, 2011.

Food Science: You Are What You Eat, by Amanda Lanser, 2015.

The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems-- and Create More, by Luke Dormehl, 2014.

Gaming the System: Designing with Gamestar Mechanic, by Katie Salen Tekinbaos, 2014.

Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA, by Carla Mooney, 2014.

Getting to Know Arduino, by Heather Moore Niver, 2015.
Getting to Know Python, by Simone Payment, 2015.
Getting to Know Ruby, by Heather Moore Niver, 2015.

Girls Coming to Tech!: A History of American Engineering Education for Women, by Amy Sue Bix, 2013.

Great Science Writers: Carl Sagan, by Gabrielle Borisovna, 2015. (Biography)

Great Science Writers: Neil deGrasse Tyson, by Jennifer Culp, 2015. (Biography)

Guide to Gems, by Cally Oldershaw, 2009.

Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants, by Christopher Nyerges, 2014.

Guinness World Records 2015. Gamer's Edition.

Handy Biology Answer Book (2nd edition), by Patricia Barnes-Svarney, 2015.

Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and Keeping of Bees, by Norman Gary, 2010.

How Many Planets Circle the Sun?: And Other Questions about Our Solar System, by Mary Kay Carson, 2014.

Howtoons: [Re]ignition, by Fred Van Lente, 2015.

Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction, by Saul Griffith, 2014.

Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds, by Marie P. Read, 2015.

The Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla, by Nikola Tesla, 2014 (originally published in 1894).

It's About Time: From Calendars and Clocks to Moon Cycles and Light Years-- A History, by Liz Evers, 2013.

Junk Drawer Physics: 50 Awesome Experiments That Don't Cost a Thing, by Bobby Mercer, 2014.

Kinetic Contraptions: Build a Hovercraft, Airboat, and More with a Hobby Motor, by Curt Gabrielson, 2010.

The Large Hadron Collider: The Extraordinary Story of the Higgs Boson and Other Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind, by Don Lincoln, 2014.

Learn to Program with Scratch: A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and Math, by Majed Marji, 2014.

The Lego Mindstorms Ev3 Discovery Book: A Beginner's Guide to Building and Programming Robots, by Laurens Valk, 2014.

The Lego Mindstorms Ev3 Idea Book: 181 Simple Machines and Clever Contraptions, by Yoshihito Isogawa, 2014.

Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery, by Charles Platt, 2010.

Make: JavaScript Robotics: Building Nodebots with Johnny-Five, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and Beaglebone, 2015.

Make: Raspberry Pi and Avr Projects: Augmenting the Pi's Arm with the Atmel Atmega, ICS, and Sensors, by Hoile, Cefn, 2014.

Make a Raspberry Pi-Controlled Robot: Building a Rover with Python, Linux, Motors, and Sensors, by Wolfram Donat, 2014.

Make: Sensors: Projects and Experiments to Measure the World with Arduino and Raspberry Pi, by Tero Karvinen, 2014.

Make: Wearable Electronics: Design, Prototype, and Wear Your Own Interactive Garments, by Kate Hartman, 2014.

The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist, by Richard Phillips Feynman, 2005 (originally published in 1998).

Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything, by Theodore Gray, 2014.

Music and the Making of Modern Science, by Peter Pesic, 2014.

Mystic Chemist: The Life of Albert Hofmann and His Discovery of LSD, by Dieter Hagenbach, 2013.

100 Plants That Almost Changed the World, by Chris Beardshaw, 2013.

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith, 2004.

Our Solar System, by Seymour Simon, 2014.

Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot, by Tom Butler, 2015.

Physics: An Illustrated History of the Foundations of Science [With Foldout Timeline], by Tom Jackson, 2013.

Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, by Deborah Blum, 2010.

Prairie: A Natural History, (2ND ed.), by Candace Savage 2011.
Science: A Discovery in Comics, by Margreet de Heer, 2013.

Script Changers: Digital Storytelling with Scratch, by Kylie A. Peppler, 2014.

Seismology: Our Violent Earth, by Roberta Baxter, 2015.

Short Circuits: Crafting e-Puppets with DIY Electronics, by Kylie A. Peppler, 2014.
Soft Circuits: Crafting e-Fashion with DIY Electronics, by Kylie A. Peppler, 2014.

Smart and Spineless: Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence, by Ann Downer, 2015.

Solar System: A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies That Orbit Our Sun, by Marcus Chown, 2011.

Soldering, by David Erik Nelson, 2015.

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, 2012.

STEM in Sports: Engineering, by Tim Newcomb, 2015.
STEM in Sports: Math, by James Buckley, Jr. 2015.
STEM in Sports: Science, by Jim Gigliotti, 2015.
STEM in Sports: Technology, by James Buckley, Jr. 2015. 

Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding, by Richard Kenvin, 2014.

Sylvia's Super-Awesome Project Book: Super-Simple Arduino! (Volume 2), by Sylvia Todd, 2014.

Teen Science Fair Sourcebook: Winning School Science Fairs and National Competitions, by Tanya M. Vickers, 2009.

That's What You Think!: A Mind-Boggling Guide to the Brain, by Jan von Holleben, 2014.

3D Modeling and Printing with Tinkercad: Create and Print Your Own 3D Models, by James Floyd Kelly, 2014.

Try This!: 50 Fun Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You, by Karen Romano Young, 2014.

Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe, by George Dyson, 2012.

Unusual and Awesome Jobs Using Math: Stunt Coordinator, Cryptologist, and More, by Lisa M. Simons, 2015.
Unusual and Awesome Jobs Using Science: Food Taster, Human Lie Detector, and More, by Jennifer Wendinger, 2015.
Unusual and Awesome Jobs Using Technology: Roller Coaster Designer, Space Robotics Engineer, and More, by Linda LeBoutillier, 2015.

Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified, by Bunpei Yorifuji, 2012.

Working on Mars: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers, by William J. Clancey, 2012.

New STEM Audiobooks

A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons, by Robert M. Sapolsky, 2013.

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, Walter Isaacson, 2014.

Very Best of the Feynman Lectures, by Richard Phillips Feynman, 2005.


Mythbusters - Urban Legends, 2009.

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman - Season 12010.
Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman - Season 22011.
Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman - Season 3, 2012.
Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman - Season 4, 2014. 

To Catch A Comet, 2015.

Years of Living Dangerously - Complete Series, 2014.

Are you a maker?  If so, you may want to browse this list that I put together when the library purchased a MakerBot:

Do you have a purchase suggestion for a STEM book, audio book, or DVD? 
Just send me an email at, or let me know through the comment section found below.

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