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In The STEM Club GoesExploring, students explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. While interviewing STEM professionals, the students prepare to make career presentations during their school’s Favorites Day.

Join STEM Club members Fran, Sara, Nixie, Winston, Patti, Betik, Jenny, Jesse, and their teacher Mr. Day, as they make field trips to a video
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published June 15th 2016 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
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Anusha Narasimhan
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-giveaways
This is an informative and entertaining book for children. Kids will get to know about different career options in STEM. The information is encapsulated in the form of a story where students take a trip to different locations and interview professionals about career options in their field.

The illustrations are good. The glossary at the end is helpful. It is great to see diversity in the people being interviewed. I'll recommend this book for primary and middle school kids.

Note: I received a free
Cyndi Winsor
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book that highlights STEM careers for kids based on things that interest them. I wish this had been around when I was growing up. Fortunately, I found my way into a technology field anyway. :) Great graphics and a fun read!
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |
The STEM Club Goes Exploring has an admirable aim that it almost accomplishes perfectly. Aimed at kids ages 9-12, it explains and briefly explores some of the careers students in (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering and (M)ath have open to them. Confession Time: I didn't realize a good quarter of the ones discussed fell under the STEM umbrella. Pretty cool! Lois Melborne does a fantastic job of making clear the sheer variety of jobs available. The section on what goes in to making an app was e ...more
Wayne McCoy
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
'The STEM Club Goes Exploring' by Lois Melbourne seemed like a promising idea: a book showing possible careers to kids on a field trip.

The STEM club goes on a field trip and sees a number of careers involving STEM skills: a video game company, a veterinary clinic, a hospital and a mine. They talk to grownups and learn about these careers. At the end of the book is a pretty decent glossary of terms.

Since the U.S. government declared our deficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math(aka
I received this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program on July 20, 2016. I was so excited!

This is a really great book for young students who are interested in learning about careers. It is presented in an easy to read format through a field trip video taping scenario. Students interview adults, and each other, to learn about careers that are centered around science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They delve into fields of study that branch off in several directions.

Lois Melbourn
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic find; I run a Makerspace Monday program in our small rural library and I'm always looking to pair up the activities with a carefully chosen book or two, and it's hard to find age-appropriate books for my younger attendees. Lois Melbourne has struck a high note with The STEM Club Goes Exploring that will prove both useful as well as entertaining for my first through third grade kiddos, and the glossery of terms at the back may prove handy as a resource for those looking to place ...more
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
There’s a lot of potential in this book and, in fact, the glossary of careers at the end is very useful. The colorful illustrations are also good.

That said, however, I found the narrative style to be very stilted and didactic. There was very little personality to the children as they interviewed professionals in various STEM fields. The purpose is very obviously to give children career information, and it’s definitely an efficient way to do so, but as a story, it’s just…blah.

The author does do a
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth-book
I found this to be a fun way for children to explore STEM fields. In it students from the STEM CLUB create a video with the students interviewing people they know in STEM fields about their jobs. One girl interviews her uncle who is an entrepreneur and has a company which produces apps. Another student interviews a cousin who is in veterinary school and works in a vet's office while another interviews the doctor who helped her grandfather after he had a heart attack. Each interviewee talks about ...more
Dilsh Wijesinghe
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
An Advanced Review Copy Provided By The Publisher Via NetGalley In Exchange For An Honest Review.

Wow!!! I Really Explored Some New STEM Careers From This Children Book. Great Educational Storybook. Interesting!!! Excellent Illustrations!!! Those cute graphic pictures are able to attract the reader's mind to the book.

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Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-reads
What a great book to get children thinking about their interests and futures. I won it in a contest and I was very impressed.
Pop Bop
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
An Accessible and Entertaining Early Introduction to STEM Careers

Back in 1961, when I was a middle grader, every kid in our school got a set of pamphlets and a paperback book about "Career Opportunities" that had been produced by and freely distributed by the New York Life Insurance Company. That was the Sputnik era and the pamphlets included - engineer, aeronautical engineer, farmer, lawyer, pharmacist, secretary, nurse, social worker, and doctor. You can make jokes about 1950's and 60's priori
Sep 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, netgalley
STEM has been a hot topic lately, and it is nice to see more titles that address this area. The subject matter in combination with the graphic format should capture the attention of many young readers. The approach is reminiscent of a Magic School Bus adventure, minus the transforming bus and Ms. Frizzle's flamboyant personality. In this instance we have a male teacher who is in charge of the STEM Club. He drives the kids around in a minivan (that does not transform into anything else), as they ...more
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it
The STEM Club goes Exploring by Lois Melbourne is an informative and enjoyable way to introduce children between the ages of 9-12 to possible careers. This is accomplished through the story of a STEM club field trip. Each student on the field trip is researching and conducting interviews with adults who work in various fields. The students are planning on making a video presentation about their field trip. Some of the career possibilities explored are software development, veterinary medicine, g ...more
Paul Franco
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A school club takes field trips to look at disparate jobs in the STEM professions.
After a brief intro, Nixie—great name—is seen interviewing her uncle, who has a software company. This is told in sharp cartoon-like drawings in bright colors, which works perfectly.
Winston’s cousin is going to veterinarian school, but not to be a vet; instead he wants to be an animal medicine researcher. Someone else wants to design pet food. The book is full of jobs that most people would never think of (try to f
Monica Fastenau
Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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I’m a big fan of encouraging kids to get into STEM fields, especially girls and people of color who are statistically underrepresented in these more technical fields. Because of that, I’m really rooting for the success of this book.

The STEM Club Goes Exploring is a cute exploration of different STEM-related careers, from veterinary science to geology. I love the illustrations, too. My one complaint is that it reads a bit young, b
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, books-reviewed
This informative book followed STEM Club members Fran, Sara, Nixie, Winston, Patti, Betik, Jenny, Jesse, and their teacher Mr. Day as they prepared for "Favorites Day," during which students interview and present about different STEM careers. The book was educational to children yet in a palatable way. A good amount of diversity was represented in students in terms of student race and sex, which was a plus. This book is a great way to introduce children to a variety of STEM careers and to illust ...more
Stefanie Hughes
I received a free copy from NetGalley. My review copy did not include the illustrations, so I am only able to comment on the text. I do wonder how the pictures would enhance a child's understanding. I consider this a great introduction to a wide array of professions that grow out of STEM. Delivered in a fun and respectful way; I particularly like that inclusiveness of gender, race and culture so that ALL children can see other students and adult role models in literature. This has potential as a ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars. Can't quite decide. There is a ton of information in this book about exploring potential STEM careers. That is above a 4 star rating. But it looks like a picture book. That's great for illustrating the text, but that compresses all the text down into some tight spaces. A few more pages for the book would have helped resolve it--But would have messed with the two page layout of each career path.

The author covers lots of ground on the vast array of STEM careers out there, and gives a
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
A group of students lead by their wacky teacher go on field trips to learn about their world. No, it’s not The Magic School Bus, but it is a definite offspring. This time the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) club take a trip with their sponsor, Mr. Day, to learn about different careers.

The students learn about jobs at a video game company, in veterinary medicine, in geology, in medicine, and more.

Eye-opening series that will show students that there are many types of jobs in any
Donna Sanders
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Ok right off the top, when I seen this cover I thought "oh look a Magic School Bus story", nope not the MSB but the characters on the cover sure look a lot like the students from that series. Ok enough about the cover, the story idea is great, introducing kids to different careers in the sciences. I really liked that the careers are all explained at the end of the book. The graphics, dialogue, colours help enhance the story.
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
"What do you want to be when grown up?", it’s the big question no child can escape.
This book by Lois Melbourne can help children to find an answer, not so much to respond to adults, as for themselves. Through full-page illustrations and clear and smooth text, it gives a glimpse of how many countless and diversified choices exist within the scientific and technological disciplines.

To find out more tips about the career world, it’s worth visiting the site:
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read it for free as a NetGalley ebook. Quite frankly, the title is boring, the story is boring. There is very little plot, and this is very clearly just a STEM propaganda book. I love tweens (the target audience) and STEM and I really hoped the book was at least clever despite its boring title. I don't really think it will attract kids to STEM careers. Not recommended.
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Nice way to introduce STEM. Children can easily relate to the characters according to interest.
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
I received a free ecopy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review

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I loved it! Great resource for students and parents alike! So many cool jobs!
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