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Current Issue:  June 2016

June Issue Highlights

Whether it’s maker camps, invention competitions, or invention curricula for schools, innovation and invention are being promoted in formal and informal settings throughout the world. At the heart of invention is identifying problems and proposing solutions. Although not all scientific investigations involve invention, it is clear to see that inventing and doing science have a great deal in common. That’s why we have focused on invention and innovation as the theme for our 2016 Summer Reading List. (p. 208) We recommend books for children, adults, and teen that can inform, inspire, and instruct aspiring inventors, as well as providing hours of reading pleasure for curious summer readers.

In keeping with the summer theme, our June issue also includes a brief guide to the great parks and monuments that are part of the National Park Service. This venerable institution will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in August and “Celebrating Our National Parks This Summer” offers some history and suggestions for books and media that can help you plan a trip to the parks or provide you with a passport to a little armchair travel. (p. 222)

To round out the special summer content, Our Read-Around-A-Theme this month centers around the science of Seashores. (p. 226) Use this guide to learn about subjects such as the composition of sand, the energy of waves, surf science, and more. Better yet, go to your local library and check out some of the books we feature and take them with you to the beach.

Finally, our Education@AAAS feature this month introduces you to the work of our groundbreaking STEM education research and reform initiative, Project 2061. This long-term research and development initiative is focused on improving science education so that all Americans can become literate in science, mathematics, and technology. (p. 235)

You’ll also find our monthly selection of books, media, and website reviews and our listings of upcoming science television programming. Please note that there is no Young Adult Books section this month.

 
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