Tufts University has developed a program that integrates reading with STEM learning.The program, Novel Engineering, provides a unique way to get students excited about both reading and problem solving. Over 700 educators have been trained in the program, where elementary and middle school students read a book, identify what problems the characters face, and work in teams to design prototypes to solve it. The students then test the prototypes and receive feedback from their teacher and peers before presenting their creations to their classmates.
No matter the student’s ability as a reader, scientist, or mathematician, all of them seem to be engaged. The fact that everyone is participating, that everyone is excited for Novel Engineering time—that’s probably the biggest thing. (School Library Journal)