Family Resources

Experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can be found outside of school and museums. Here are some ways to explore STEM in your own home. 


Suggested books for young readers


1.    Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty is about an engineer is a young girl and isn’t afraid to be different. (Grades K-3)

2.    Monkey with A Tool Belt and The Noisy Problem by Chris Monroe tells the story of a monkey that is handy with tools and a problem solver – a perfect combination of STEM skills. (Grades K-3)

3.    Awesome Dawson by Chris Gall is about an amazing boy who invents new things from other people’s trash. (Grades P-3)

4.    11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill follows a young scientist as she conducts misguided experiments, all with terribly hilarious consequences. (Grades P-3)

5.    The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires shows that failing and trying again is part of the creative process of making magnificent things. (Grades P-2)


time to learn together


1.    Spend a day at a museum. Check out the South San Francisco Library's Discover and Go program for free and discounted passes to local museums and cultural institutions for SSF library cardholders.

2.    Spend a day in nature. Plan a hike in a neighborhood park or national forest. Bring binoculars and your keen powers of observation. You never know what you'll see!

3.    Plan a family STEM day. Check out these hands-on engineering design challenges using household objects from the Curiosity Machine, powered by Iridescent

4.    Learn “what’s up” – in the sky. This summer, North America will be treated to one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights: a solar eclipse. Mark your calendars for August 21, 2017!