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STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Why should you care about STEM resources and careers?

Because the U.S. currently faces a shortage of skilled workers in the science, engineering and technology sectors. In Pittsburgh the scientific and technological building blocks critical to our economic leadership are eroding. There is a great need in our workforce for people with strong backgrounds in STEM fields. By studying these areas, you can stand out amongst your peers!

Through a grant  from the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has created a robust collection of STEM resources available at the Main Library in the Job, Career and Education Center and in the Teen Department. Many materials were also sent to all of the neighborhood branches.

So, if you need help putting together a last-minute science project, want to learn more about bizarre weather patterns, are curious about careers involving lasers, or you want do improve your grades in algebra, come ask a librarian about STEM resources or check out our website:

http://www.carnegielibrary.org/teens/homework/STEM/

Here are a few cool examples of what we have to offer.

Kojima, Hiroyuki

The Manga Guide to Calculus

This book teaches calculus in an original and refreshing way. This is real calculus combined with real Manga! Readers learn calculus, including complex concepts like the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, exponential and logarithmic functions, the Taylor Expansion, and partial differentiation.

Hollingshead, Mike

Adventures in Tornado Alley: the Storm Chasers

The storms of the infamous Tornado Alley in the central U.S. have been studied and revered both by professional meteorologists and enthusiasts who chase the storms. This book takes the reader out on the road with two young chasers whose knack for being in the right place at the right time, and thereby capturing the grandeur of these spectacular scenes, has won them worldwide attention.

Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta

Jane Goodall: a Twentieth-Century Life
A trailblazing scientist made famous by her favorite primates, Jane Goodall will forever be linked with the chimpanzees that she’s studied for over fifty years. A pioneer in scientific research, she revolutionized longstanding views about chimps, forest conservation, and women in scientific fields.

Nuttall, Tom

You Are One-Third Daffodil: and Other Facts to Amaze, Amuse, and Astound
Did you know that most toilets flush in E-flat? Or that American Airlines had once saved $40,000 by removing a single olive from each salad served in first class? Well, now readers will with this clever, fun, and occasionally shocking compendium of facts from around the world.

Sobey, Edwin J. C.

The Way Toys Work
Discover how an Etch A Sketch writes on its gray screen, why a boomerang returns after it is thrown, and how an RC car responds to a remote control device. Leaving no detail unrevealed, the guide includes original patent-application blueprints and photos of the “guts” of several devices. Inventors and museum curators also offer their observations of their favorite gizmos.

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