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Humanizing Science through STEAM Challenges

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EunJin Bahng, Iowa State University

John Hauptman, Iowa State University

Copyright Year: 2021

Publisher: Iowa State University

Language: English

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Reviewed by Usha Radjev, Professor, Marymount University on 12/13/21

The 51 children’s stories and their accompanying audiobooks certainly integrated STEM with Arts to 'humanize science and scientific inquiry with history'. read more

Table of Contents

  • Grandpa’s Out-Growth Forest
  • The Gift of Water
  • Kewanee’s Appreciation of Earth
  • The Life of a Lily
  • The Storyteller
  • Now Our Minds Are One
  • Mother Earth
  • Honorable Harvest
  • Loving our land
  • Windigo Footprints 
  • Grandma’s Healing Herbs
  • The New Neighbor
  • That’s Not Science
  • The Lost and Found of Beauty in Nature
  • Lily and the Community Garden
  • The Gift of Rain
  • A Spring Day
  • Summer Camp
  • Skywoman Falling
  • The Student is the Teacher
  • Forest Adventures
  • Henry’s Harvest Life
  • Marvin’s Bountiful Reward
  • The Gods of Tahawus
  • Remi’s Adventure
  • Genesis and Willow
  • Generosity in the Powwow
  • The Thanksgiving Address
  • Puhpowee
  • Jimmy’s Yummy Goodness
  • The Honorable Harvest
  • Ella’s Sweet Surprise
  • Who Is Hiding in the Rain?
  • Our Lilies
  • A Good Home
  • Grace's Green Beans
  • Maple Nation
  • It All Started with a Pond
  • Jacqui’s Garden
  • The Lichen Tale
  • Dahila’s Summer Garden
  • Finding Your Roots Again
  • Be a Good Citizen
  • The Value of Teamwork
  • Growing Season
  • Where Am I From?
  • The Backyard Forest
  • The Salamander Hunt
  • Lilah’s Forest
  • The Bayou

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About the Book

In a science methods course during the Covid19 pandemic, 51 future elementary teachers authored children's books and then read them aloud as part of a giving-back, service-learning activity as Open Educational Resources (OER). The 51 children's stories and their accompanying audiobooks aim to integrate STEM and the Arts to humanize science and scientific inquiry with history and philosophy of science in mind.

About the Contributors


EunJin (E.J.) Bahng is an Associate Professor in the School of Education teaching future teachers how to teach science. She was a full time school teacher and earned her Ph.D. in science education at Arizona State University. She was a state coordinator for a nationwide online mentoring program for newly hired secondary science teachers and engaged in multiple research projects. She was an instructor in the Multilingual Multicultural Elementary Education Program. At ISU, Dr. Bahng teaches science methods and Nature of Science courses for graduating teacher candidates planning to teach in both elementary and secondary schools. Also, she teaches an introductory educational research course to a diverse group of graduate students in the Student Affairs program. Dr. Bahng’s scholarship involves the professional development of new science teachers through a number of different subject-specific mentoring programs.  Her work also involves exploring innovative and meaningful ways to integrate the Arts into STEM fields (STEAM). With her colleagues, she is a recipient of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching “Paper of the Year, 2012” award. She recently co-authored a textbook, Children Doing Physics (2nd ed) and is also a recipient of a Miller Faculty Fellowship and a Reiman Gardens Science Communication Fellowship, as well as a recipient of a CHS Innovative Teaching Initiative grant. Along with 12 colleagues from various disciplinary areas, she participates in the ISU Sustainable Peace Faculty Learning Community since 2019 and leads an ISU Honors program seminar, Arts and Science of Peace. She enjoys swimming and reciting Shakespeare, and wrote a children’s book, “Aari’s Arirang Adventure” (Request the Ebook version).


John Hauptman is a professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at ISU and a research physicist in elementary particle physics.  He teaches a wide variety of courses but most recently he concentrates on the physics course for elementary teacher candidates in which the hands-on experiments and measurements include most areas of physics and are directly adaptable to the elementary classroom.  He also developed and taught the interdisciplinary Newspaper Physics ISU Learning Community course as well as Honors courses that combined physics with English and physics with philosophy.  As an experimental particle physicist, he has been involved in various international, national, and regional experiments at several physics laboratories and now focuses on a novel experiment with professor Sehwook Lee to search for magnetic monopoles at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, Korea.

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