Maker Ed/STEAM Resources in Overdrive Digital Library




Maker Resources in Overdrive

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Featured Titles


The STEM Club Goes Exploring The STEM Club Goes Exploring by Lois Melbourne

Overdrive Description:  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 game company, a veterinary clinic, a hospital, and even a mine, to learn more about career opportunities for professionals in STEM fields. Author Lois Melbourne, of the My Future Story series, inspires readers to identify their passions, explore them, and shape their own future stories.

STEM Labs for Earth & Space Science, Grades 6--8

STEM Labs for Earth & Space Science, Grades 6–8 by Schyrlet Cameron

Overdrive Description:  STEM Labs for Earth and Space Science for sixth–eighth grades provides 26 integrated labs that cover the topics of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.  The integrated labs encourage students to apply scientific inquiry, content knowledge, and technological design.  STEM success requires creativity, communication, and collaboration. Mark Twain’s Earth and Space Science workbook for middle school explains STEM education concepts and provides materials for instruction and assessment. Each lab incorporates the following components:  creativity, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking.

STEM Labs for Life Science, Grades 6--8

STEM Labs for Life Science, Grades 6–8 by Schyrlet Cameron

Overdrive Description:  STEM Labs for Life Science by Mark Twain includes 26 fun, integrated labs that help students understand concepts such as life, human body systems, and ecosystems.  This middle school life science book encourages students to collaborate and communicate to solve real-world problems.  The STEM Labs for Life Science book for sixth–eighth grades features introductory materials to explain STEM education concepts and provides materials for instruction and assessment. Correlated to meet current state standards, each lab combines the following essential STEM concepts:  communication, creativity, teamwork, and critical thinking.

STEM Labs for Physical Science, Grades 6--8

STEM Labs for Physical Science, Grades 6–8 by Schyrlet Cameron

Overdrive Description:  Filled with 26 hands-on activities, the STEM Labs for Physical Science book challenges students to apply content knowledge, technological design, and scientific inquiry to solve problems. Topics covered include matter, motion, and energy.  This physical science book correlates to current state standards.  Cultivate an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math by encouraging students to collaborate and communicate for STEM success. STEM Labs for Physical Science includes lab activities to motivate students to work together, and it also provides you with materials for instruction and assessment. Labs incorporate the following components:  critical thinking, teamwork, creativity, and communication.

Project-Based Activities, Grades 6--8

Project-Based Activities, Grades 6–8 by Schyrlet Cameron

Overdrive Description:  Build teamwork, enhance communication, and refine critical thinking with Mark Twain Project-Based Activities for sixth–eighth grades. The exercises in this book require students to collaborate while creating graphic novels, virtual systems, book trailers, school brochures, and more.  To achieve success, it is essential to work together to accomplish goals— both in and out of the classroom. Project-Based Activities promotes teamwork while challenging students to: create unforgettable story characters; utilize informational text; write argumentative essays; cite sources; use explanatory writing; and write book reviews.


STEM by Diane Lindsey Reeves

Overdrive Description:  STEM in the World of Work series provides an age-appropriate and interactive introduction to the nationally recognized Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics career pathway using informal self-assessment elements, career profiles, informative sidebar features, and back matter activities.


STEAM Picture Books in Overdrive Digital Library


Mechanimals Video

Mechanimals Video by Chris Tougas

Overdrive Description:  A tornado has swept away all of the farmer’s animals. Another farmer might give up, but this farmer decides to turn a mess into a masterpiece by using leftover machine parts to create machine animals . . . mechanimals! His creative idea not only helps him get all of the work done on his farm, it also helps him make a brand-new flying machine.



Mechanimals Read-a-Long by Chris Tougas

Overdrive Description:  This is an enhanced e-version with read-along capabilities. When a tornado leaves a farmer with a heap of scrap metal and no animals, his neighbors are sure it’s all over for him. But the determined farmer refuses to admit defeat. His plans are big, and when his neighbors dismiss them with the words, “When pigs fly,” they grow bigger still. The farmer sets to work to turn that scrap metal into some rather surprising creatures. Mechanimals will help all of us believe in our dreams, despite what the neighbors may say.


Monkey wMonkey with a Tool Beltith a Tool Belt and the Seaside Shenanigans by Chris Monroe

Overdrive Description:  Clark has an enormous problem. Someone is sabotaging his uncle’s seaside resort! What does he do? He calls Chico Bon Bon, the Monkey with a Tool Belt.  Chico and his tools tackle Clark’s problems, but as soon as Chico fixes one thing, something new breaks! If Chico can’t stop these shenanigans, he’ll never get to go surfing!

If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen

If I Built a HouseOverdrive Description:  The much-anticipated follow-up to the E. B. White Award-winning picture book If I Built a Car.  In If I Built a Car, imaginative Jack dreamed up a whimsical fantasy ride that could do just
about anything. Now he’s back and ready to build the house of his dreams, complete with a racetrack, flying room, and gigantic slide. Jack’s limitless creativity and infectious enthusiasm will inspire budding young inventors to imagine their own fantastical designs. Chris Van Dusen’s vibrant illustrations marry retro appeal with futuristic style as he, once again, gives readers a delightfully rhyming text that absolutely begs to be read aloud.


If I Built a Car

If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

Overdrive Description:  If I built a car, it’d be totally new!  Here are a few of the things that I’d do. . . . Young Jack is giving an eye-opening tour of the car he’d like to build. There’s a snack bar, a pool, and even a robot named Robert to act as chauffeur. With Jack’s soaring imagination in the driver’s seat, we’re deep-sea diving one minute and flying high above traffic the next in this whimsical, tantalizing take on the car of the future. Illustrations packed with witty detail, bright colors, and chrome recall the fabulous fifties and an era of classic American automobiles. Infectious rhythm and clever invention make this wonderful read-aloud a launch pad for imaginative fun.


FraidyzoFraidyzooo by Thyra Heder

Overdrive Description:  It’s a great day to go to the zoo! As her family hustles to get out the door, Little T lags behind. She’s afraid to go back to the zoo; the only trouble is, she can’t remember why. As an ingenious solution to help her remember, her mom, dad, and sister construct homemade costumes and act out zoo animals—in alphabetical order, no less! The costumes and scenes grow increasingly elaborate and breathtakingly creative. An umbrella and bubble wrap magically transform into a jellyfish, bath towels and a can of soda become a parrot, and many, many more. At the end of the day, Little T has conquered her fear and no longer feels like a “fraidyzoo.”  In this charming, witty picture book debut, Thyra Heder honors the bravery it takes to face your fears, and the loving people who help you do so.

The Most Magnificent Thing

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Overdrive Description:  A little girl and her canine assistant set out to make the most magnificent thing. But after much hard work, the end result is not what the girl had in mind. Frustrated, she quits. Her assistant suggests a long walk, and as they walk, it slowly becomes clear what the girl needs to do to succeed. A charming story that will give kids the most magnificent thing: perspective!

Ada Ada Scientist


Ada Ada Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Overdrive Description:  The creators of the New York Times bestselling picture books Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect are back with a story about the power of curiosity in the hands of a child who is on a mission to use science to understand her world. Ada Twist, Scientist, from powerhouse team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, is a celebration of STEM, perseverance, and passion. Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!


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Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

Overdrive Description:  Meet Iggy Peck—creative, independent, and not afraid to express himself! In the spirit of David Shannon’s No, David and Rosemary Wells’s Noisy Nora, Iggy Peck will delight readers looking for irreverent, inspired fun. Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creations, though they’re sometimes surprised by his materials—who could forget the tower he built of dirty diapers? When his second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up! With Andrea Beaty’s irresistible rhyming text and David Roberts’s puckish illustrations, this book will charm creative kids everywhere, and amuse their sometimes bewildered parents.

11 Experiments That Failed

11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill

Overdrive Description:  Is it possible to eat snowballs doused in ketchup–and nothing else–all winter? Can a washing machine wash dishes? By reading the step-by-step instructions, kids can discover the answers to such all-important questions along with the book’s curious narrator. Here are 12 “hypotheses,” as well as lists of “what you need,” “what to do,” and “what happened” that are sure to make young readers laugh out loud as they learn how to conduct science experiments (really!).

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