### Some Fun STEM Resources For Winter Days:

Figure This:

http://www.figurethis.org/

This is the neatest program! There are 80 math-related activities for families and middle-school students to do. The program was developed by the National Council of Mathematics Teachers and it is GREAT! Activities include "Why are manhole covers round?" Calculating Body-Mass Index (BMI) and Runs Batted In (RBI).

These are incredible books for fun math activities. Among other vendors you can purchase copies at Powell’s and from Amazon. They are at an Age-9-12 reading level. They are paperback books and worth their weight in gold.

“Math for Smarty Pants” by Marilyn Burns, Little, Brown Publisher, ISBN-10: 0316117390

“The I Hate Mathematics Book” by Marilyn Burns, Little, Brown Publisher, ISBN-10: 0316117412

EQUALS, a program at Lawrence Hall of Science at University of California, Berkeley.

http://www.lhs.berkeley.edu/equals/index.html

From the EQUALS website:

EQUALS programs at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley, provide workshops and curriculum materials in mathematics and equity. We serve PreK–12 teachers, parents, families, and community members.

EQUALS professional development workshops enable teachers to improve their math knowledge and classroom strategies. Topics include:

• Algebra for elementary and middle school

• English language development and math content K–6

• FAMILY MATH: young children, elementary, and middle school

• Geometry for middle school

• Middle school investigations

“The Journey – Through Middle School Math” by Karen Mayfield-Ingram and Alma Ramirez, EQUALS, Lawrence Hall of Science Publisher, ISBN-10: 0912511311

Children 10 -14 years old

“Family Math – The Middle School Years – Algebraic Reasoning and Number Sense” by Virginia Thompson and Karen Mayfield-Ingram, EQUALS, Lawrence Hall of Science Publisher. ISBN-10: 091251129X

Children 10 -14 years old

“Family Math For Young Children” by Jean Kerr Stenmark, Brian Gothberg, and Grace Coates, EQUALS, Lawrence Hall of Science Publisher, ISBN-10: 0912511273

Children 4 -8 years old

“Family Math” by Jean Kerr Stenmark, Virginia Thompson, and Ruth Cossey, EQUALS, Lawrence Hall of Science Publisher, ISBN-10: 0912511060

Children 5 -12 years old

“Family Math II” by Grace Davila Coates and Virginia Thompson, EQUALS, Lawrence Hall of Science Publisher, ISBN-10: 0912511303

Children 5 -12 years old

The EQUALS books are available from Amazon, Powell's, and the EQUALS website.

“Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women” by Catherine Thimmesh, Sandpiper Publisher, ISBN-10: 0618195637, Age Level: 8 and up, Grade Level: 4 and up

This is a delightful book that highlights inventions by women.