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5 STEM Books to Inspire Students in Grades 6-12

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Encourage older students to read and explore STEM studies by assigning or providing NSTA’s top selections of STEM books for middle and high school.

Through highlighting the stories of STEM innovators and phenomena, the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) chose its 2017 winners of the Best STEM Book award to provide an informative selection of STEM books for any classroom. Teachers of students enrolled in sixth through 12th grades can start off the year by teaching history and concepts through STEM books.

1. “Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is Changing the World”

STEM booksBy Jack Andraka

Grades: 6-12

Through an autobiographical account, Jack Andraka reveals his journey through creating an early detection tool to identify pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers. Inspired by the death of a family friend who fought pancreatic cancer, Andraka also struggled with his own issues including depression and bullying based on his homosexuality. In addition to serving as an inspirational story, this selection from the NSTA list of STEM books also includes science experiments for students.

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