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Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Inspiring Minds Exhibit: African Americans in Science and Technology

Cranbrook Institute of Science -

Detroit Science Center -

The Henry Ford -

Ford Rouge Factory Tour -

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History -

University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center -




Engineering Education Service Center - Pre-Engineering Summer Camps in Michigan
Check application deadlines; some are early

4-H Programs of Distinction in Michigan


Spartan Youth Programs at Michigan State University:

CSI Forensic Science Program @ MSU -
For students with a strong interest in science.  iStock_girl_in_chem_lab

High Achievers Program
Honors level, credit bearing University courses in the humanities and sciences.  This program is available to high achieving students currently in grades 9,10,11, and 12.  Application deadline is April 6, 2012.  Two sessions.

Robotics & Nano/Bio Technology Summer Camps -
Six short courses in robotics and nano/biotechnology are offered to students of all ages and experience. Each course is eight hours long (spread over four days)and includes learning the basics of the topic, doing a technology-assisted experiment, working on a project, and presenting it to parents and teachers.


Michigan Tech Youth Programs

Schoolcraft College Kids on Campus -
Classes in everything you can think of for students in grades 1 - 12

University of Michigan

University of Michigan Math and Science Scholars High School Summer Program

2 one week sessions

University of Michigan's Medical School's Summer Science Academy Program
Brings together 50 high-school students (10th and 11th graders) from throughout Michigan to experience campus and medical school life, June 17 - 30, 2012. They spend two weeks in a dormitory, attend classes, and participate in evening events highlighting cultural diversity, self-development, and the arts. Fee - financial aid available. Application deadline is February 1, 2012.

mmms University of Michigan Math & Science Scholars (MMSS) June & July 2012
Offers current high school students the opportunity to explore math and science at the cutting edge of research. Topic areas include Physics, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, and Statistics. Hands-on learning emphasized, with laboratory research, field work and computer laboratories. Fee - financial aid available. Apply early for a better chance at your top choice.

University of Michigan Math & Science Scholars (MMSS)
Offers current high school students the opportunity to explore math and science at the cutting edge of research. Topic areas include Physics, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, and Statistics. Hands-on learning emphasized, with laboratory research, field work and computer laboratories. Fee - financial aid available. Apply early for a better chance at your top choice.

Summer Engineering Academy (SEA)
An outreach program of Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach (CEDO) comprising a series of enrichment experiences (June-August) for 7th-11th graders to give exposure to the exciting world of engineering. Programs vary in duration from 2-3 weeks. For more information, contact Lucie Howell  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Summer Engineering Exploration (SEE) Camp
 — The SEE Program is a week-long residential camp sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers and the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Through interactive presentations, departmental tours, design challenges, engineering workplace tours and more, students are exposed to the various applications of engineering. All students currently enrolled in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year of high school are eligible to apply. For more information and to access the program application, please visit the SEE Camp webpage.

Wolverine Health Explorers (WHE) is a non-residential summer camp for high school students interested in gaining exposure to a number of health professions while also deepening their understanding of their own personal interests, values and skills. WHE is sponsored by the University of Michigan Career Center.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Pre-college Programs:

Formerly titled Future Science: Future Engineering, this program brings seventh- and eighth-grade girls to campus for one week during the summer. The girls participate in hands-on projects in engineering, the human genome project, chemistry, physics, and space science as well as sessions on computers, careers, and ethics in science. Fee. Application deadline.

An exciting four-day, day program for students who will complete the 9th-11th grades in June

RobotC is a one-week, day program for students who will complete grades 8 - 12 in June. The camp introduces students to computer programming in a fun and supportive environment.

Other Resources

Center for Advanced Automotive Technology at Macomb Community College

A World in Motion 

SAE (the Society of Automotive Engineers) International's A World In Motion® (AWIM) is a teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to life in the classroom for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Benchmarked to the national standards, AWIM incorporates the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics into age-appropriate hands on activities that reinforce classroom STEM curriculum.  The JCI Foundation (Johnson Controls) has sponsored AWIM in the Plymouth-Canton Schools since 2008 through 16 schools and 2 grade levels.

Michigan’s Stem Connector

National Science Foundation Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education

Through the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 program, institutions of higher education have had an opportunity to make a significant change in STEM graduate and K-12 education programs by creating strong and enduring partnerships.  As these graduate students bring their cutting-edge research and practice into the K-12 classroom, they gain these skills which enable them to explain science to people of all ages, ranging from students to teachers.

Print and Online


scientific_typesBig Book of Jobs (Previously the Occupational Outlook Handbook) / the editors of VGM Career Books and the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers for Scientific Types & Others with Inquiring Minds by Jan Goldberg               

Green Career$: You Can Make Money and Save the Planet by Jennifer Power Scott  

Career Opportunities in Forensic Science by Susan Echaore-McDavid and Richard A. McDavid

Opportunities in Marine Science and Maritime Careers by Ray Heitzmann

Nanotechnologist (Cool Science Careers series) by Ann Heinrichs                              

This is Rocket Science: True Stories of The Risk-Taking Scientists Who Figure Out Ways to Explore Beyond Earth by Gloria Skurzynski                                                          


Game Development Essentials: An Introduction by Jeannie Novak

The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any Top Tech Company by Gayle Laakman McDowell  

Top 100 Computer And Technical Careers: Your Complete Guidebook to Major Jobs in Many Fields at All Training Levels by Michael Farr                           


Career Opportunities in Engineering by Richard A. McDavid, Susan Echaore-McDavid


Discovering Careers for Your Future: Math   

Great Jobs for Math Majors (on order)


Exploring Health Care Careers   

Extraordinary Jobs in Health and Science by Alecia T. Devantier & Carol A. Turkington          

health_careersHealth Care Job Explosion!: High Growth Health Care Careers and Job Locator by Dennis V. Damp.  

Opportunities in Biotechnology Careers by Sheldon S. Brown                                                       

Top 100 Health-Care Careers: Your Complete Guidebook to Training and Jobs in Allied Health, Nursing, Medicine, and More by Saul Wischnitzer and Edith Wischnitzer



DotDiva - DotDiva engourages young women with power and passion to make a difference to use computing to build a better world.

FabFems - The FabFems directory is a national database of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions who are inspiring role models for young women.  Through positive role model interaction and increased interest in collaborative STEM projects, the FabFems Project intends to broaden the participation of females in the STEM pipeline and to increase the retention of female professionals in STEM fields and careers.

National Girls Collaborative Project for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

STEM Careers Awareness and Choices
The Baltimore County Public Schools have put together this portal to sites on STEM careers, payscales, career assessments and more

Science Buddies: Explore Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

STEM Careers: O*NET Descriptions by Careers

Why STEM careers are Important for People with Disabilities

Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation

Rachel Carson: A Twentieth Century Life by Ellen Levine

Nicholas Copernicus and the Founding of Modern Astronomy Todd Goble                       

Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code by Matt Ridley  

The Curies: A Biography of the Most Controversial Family in Science by Denis Brian

Something Out of Nothing: Marie  Curie and Radium by Carla Killough McClafferty

Charles Darwin: The Life of a Revolutionary Thinker by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent      

The Tree of Life: A Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin, Naturalist, Geologist and Thinker by Peter Sis                             
Albert Einstein
by Katherine Krull

Albert Einstein by Clarice Swisher

Feynman by Jim Ottaviani

In Code: A Mathematical Journey by Sarah Flannery with David Flannery

Galileo Galilei and the Science of Motion by William J. Boerst   

Jane Goodall by Jane Kozleski

The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci’s Arithmetic Revolution by Keith Devlin

Johannes Kepler and the New Astronomy by James R. Voelkel 

Of Men and Number: The Story of the Great Mathematicians by Jane Muir                 

Planet Hunter: Geoff Marcy and the Search for Other Earths by Vicki O. Wittenstein    

Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science by Michael White

Rocket Boys: A Memoir by Homer Hickam      

Steve Jobs: The Man who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal 

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba  

The Longitude Prize by Joan Dash

The Map that Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology by Simon Winchester 

Two-Fisted Science: Stories About Scientists by Jim Ottaviani and drawn by Mark Badger  (a graphic novel)

Watson and DNA: Making a Scientific Revolution by Victor K. McElheny         

Stem_Logo_Done2                                                                         Image Created by Bailey Brown, Ed by Dru Pikula


Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM -  They are all interrelated.   While science can be thought of as the study of the ”found” and engineering the study of the “made,” they all reinforce each other.  Math skills are necessary for both the study of science and engineering.  Technology is not just computers but refers to instruments and tools that have been used for thousands of years and that  have played a huge role in engineering and science as well as daily life.                                                                                                     

“Good science teachers capitalize on the “aha” moments and work hard to help students not only understand science, but also foster a lifelong learning in science. Why is this so important? Because science is the one subject that encompasses everything in life and helps students be curious, ask questions, and make connections as to why the world exists as it does. It is the backdrop for understanding our world, and helps us to explain and appreciate it in new ways.” - Francis Eberle, Ph.D., is the executive director for the National Science Teachers Association. For more on Why STEM is Important by Frances Eberle

There is a high demand for young people with STEM skills.  In order for the United States to maintain its competitive edge, STEM is crucial in the education of our students.  Yet in a recent international assessment of 15-year-old students, the U.S. ranked 28th in math literacy and 24th in science literacy. Moreover, the U.S. ranks 20th among all nations in the proportion of 24-year-olds who earn degrees in natural science or engineering.  ( See Visual Essay: STEM fields) We face a shortage of people in this country with strong STEM skills.

In 2010 President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)  released a report on STEM education in the U.S, "Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)"

Key recommendations include:

- support for the current state-led shared standards movement in math and science

- recruiting and training of 100,000 STEM teachers, with deep content knowledge and mastery of pedagogical skills to teach STEM

- use technology to drive innovation: create an advanced research projects agency for education

- students: create opportunities for inspiration through experiences outside the classroom

- create 1000 new STEM-focused schools over the coming decade

- ensure national leadership

PCAST's more recent report, Engage to Excel calls for producing an additional one million college graduates with degrees in STEM subjects.

In response to these needs, the Plymouth Library has put together lists of resources, including books, careers, and opportunities in the local community to expand knowlege in these fields.  

Books  -  Local Resources  -  Resources on STEM Careers  -   Biographies   -   Math & Science Homework Help & Fun Stuff           

STEM Education Resource Center. -PBS offers  excellent information to teachers and students.

Discovery Education: STEM Camp - Part of Discovery Communications’ “Connect the Dots” campaign, which is designed to help students connect the dots between learning and life.


The Biodiversity Heritage Library: BHL is "a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” BHL also serves as the foundational literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)."

The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours by Jane Goodall                  

The Complete Human body: The Definitive Visual Guide  edited by Alice Roberts

Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates by Jill Rubalcaba

Evolution: The Story of life on Earth by Jay Hosler

The Human Brain Book: An Illustrated Guide to Its Structure, Function, and Disorders by Rita Carter

Human Body: A Book With Guts! by Green, Dan

Life: Extraordinary Animals, Extreme Behavior (companion to Discovery Channel/BBC series)

Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From by Catherine Thimmesh

American Museum of Natural History  with Brian Selznick
Take a virtual trip to the American Museaum of Natural Museum in New York City with Brian Selznick, author of Wonderstruck.

Oceans: An Illustrated Reference by Dorrik Stow

On the Origin of Species  by Charles Darwin; David Quammen, general editor.

Smithsonian National Zoological Park - About 2,000 animals from 400 different species reside at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Visible Body - 3D Human Anatomy Atlas.  Subscription based


The Disappearing Spoon: and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and The History Of The World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sean Kean

The Basics of Chemistry by Richard Myers   

The Elements: a Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe  by Theodore W. Gray

Essential Atlas of Physics and Chemistry  by Jordi Llansana

The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe by Loree Griffin Burns


Earth Science  

1.astronomy, 2.hydrology, 3.meteorology, 4.geology. 

Alone in the Universe: Why our Planet is Unique by John R. Gribben

Astronomy by Dan Green

Beyond: A Solar System Voyage by Michael Benson

The Big Bang by Mike Perricone 

The Cambridge Guide to the Solar System by Kenneth R. Lang 

Death stars, weird galaxies, and a quasar-spangled universe: the discoveries of the Very Large Array Telescope by Karen Taschek

Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming by Anthony D. Barnosky

The History of Astronomy by Heather Cooper

New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System by Frank Summers The Teaching Company DVD        

The Manga Guide to the Universe by Kenji Ishikawa

The Moon by Seymour Simon

Planets, Stars, and Galaxies : A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe by David Aguilar

Planet Hunter : Geoff Marcy and the search for other Earths by Vicki Wittenstein

The Practical GeologistiStock_girl_engineering_studentXSmall by Dougal Dixon 

Stargazing with a telescope by Robin Scagell   

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion  by Loree Griffin Burns

We Are the Weather Makers: the History of Climate Change by Sally M. Walker

 A World Without Ice by Henry Pollack


The Jason Project - An educational partnership between the Sea Research Foundation and National Geographic, the Jason Project connects students with scientists and researchers in real- and near-real time, virtually and physically, to provide mentored, authentic and enriching science learning experiences.


The Handy Physics Answer Book by Paul W. Zitzewitz                      

How to Teach Physics to Your Dog by Chad Orzel                                                

The Manga Guide to Physics by Hideo Nitta                                        

The Matchbox that Ate a Forty-ton Truck: What Everyday Things Tell us About the Universe by Marcus Chown 

Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 by Michio Kaku

Roller Coaster Physics / Discovery Channel School (DVD)

The Physics Classroom: Physics tutorial, shockwave studios, physics help, ACT test center, calculator pad and more


101 Things You Wished You'd Invented-And Some You Wish No One Had by Richard Horne and Tracey Turner

Codeacademy - Learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript for free on this interactive website.

Gamestar Mechanic - Gamestar Mechanic is a game and community designed to teach kids the principles of game design and systems thinking in a highly engaging environment. It is designed for 7- to 14-year-olds but is open to everyone. We've included features in Gamestar that make it useful for kids playing the game on their own or with family members at home, as well as in moderated and educational settings.  The first level of quests is free.

The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay 

Scratch - Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

What’s Science Ever Done for Us: What the Simpsons Can Teach Us about Physics, Robots, Life and the Universe by Paul Halpern


Built to Last by David Macaulay  

The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch          

Secret Subway: The Fascinating Tale of an Amazing Feat of Engineering by Martin W. Sandler.         

Skywalkers: Mohawk Ironworkers Build the City by David Weitzman           


Dr. Math Explains Algebra: Learning Algebra is Easy, Just Ask Dr. Math by Math Forum

Geekspeak: How Life + Mathematics = Happiness by Graham Tattersall          

Hot X: Algebra Exposed by Danica McKellar                   

Kiss my Math : Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss by Danica McKellar                    

Manga Guide to Calculus by Hiroyuki Kojima                      

Mathematics 1001: Absolutely Everything That Matters in Mathematics, in 1001 Bite-Sized Explanations by Richard Elwes           

 The Numbers Game (DVD) by Joseph Seamans

Real-life math: Everyday Use Of Mathematical Concepts by Evan M. Glazer and John W. McConnell.    

The Story of Mathematics by Richard Mankiewicz                      

Why Pi? by Johnny Ball

The Common Core Math Standards
State led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to prepare students for college and the workforce of the 21st century.