Wednesday, April 29, 2015

STEM: Problem Solver (pt. 2) by Donald LeBlanc, MLS

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. To be ready for college, students need to study the intellectual foundations of these fields.  The basis of STEM requires the student to master the language of science, i.e., Math. Math can be a significant stumbling block in a student’s progression and the Friendswood public Library has a remedy in three books by Danica McKellar.  

 If you are of a certain age Danica McKellar will ring a mental bell as the love interest of the main character in the television show “The Wonder Years”. Miss McKellar managed to juggle an acting career and college, graduating from UCLA with a mathematics degree Summa Cum Laude. In the process of working on her degree she was a co-author on a published article and has her name on a mathematical theorem. She has written four New York Times best-selling books on precollege level math: Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking A Nail,  Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss , Hot X: Algebra Exposed , and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape . 

Also available is a selection of math books online. EBSCO E-Books, found on the library’s web site, lists 690 books on math. This section has books on grade school math, high school, or college level mathematics. Other topics include math help for dyslexics, SAT test preparations, math for investors as well as careers for math majors. 

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