Inspired Inquiry: Crafting K-5 STEM Lessons with Science Fiction
Emily Midkiff, Bonnie Laabs
As many proponents of STEAM education have argued, the creativity and socially-grounded expressiveness of art is a naturally occurring function of science, technology, engineering, and math. No innovations could be made otherwise! Teachers can develop this essential creativity in elementary science lessons through high-quality science fiction. While largely understudied in education research, there is evidence that engaging children in quality science fiction is likely to increase engagement and interest in STEM study and potentially even STEM careers. High quality examples of science fiction have a special penchant for evoking wonder and speculation-prime ingredients for inquiry. This article offers the theory, guidance, and ideas that science teachers need to begin using science fiction picturebooks as a productive tool in STEAM lessons.
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