One of the Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Workforce Development Plan (EOMWDP) mandates is to educate the eastern Ontario community about the vast opportunities in manufacturing. When we make manufacturing accessible to youth, we help them see themselves in this exciting world of technology and innovation.
We believe it's never too early to get kids started learning about the foundations of manufacturing and interested in skills development. You can start with bedtime stories, for example, to help open up young children’s imaginations and teach them about the future of manufacturing. Included are some examples of STEM books for preschool for you to start with.
At first glance you might not think these books have a lot to do with manufacturing. But that's because when we think of manufacturing we still tend to think about working on a line and shift work. Manufacturing is so much more than those very important positions. Manufacturing is on the cutting edge of science, technology, and robotics, and those are the skills our youth will need to hone.
4 STEM Books for Preschool
1. Rosie Revere Engineer, by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts
Rosie is the quiet kid at school, but at night she's an inventor who dreams of becoming a brilliant engineer. When great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit, she tells Rosie about her one unfinished goal—to fly. Rosie wants to make her aunt’s dream come true so she builds a flying machine. But when her machine doesn't fly, and only hovers for a moment before crashing, Rosie thinks her invention is a failure. Great-Great-Aunt Rose insists, however, that Rosie’s flying machine is a huge success.
You can only fail, Aunt Rose explains, if you quit.
Rosie Revere Engineer teaches children that creation and invention take time and patience. This book focuses on early engineering principles and shows how enthusiasm and encouragement help children succeed.
2. The Most Magnificent Thing, by author and illustrator Ashley Spires.
A young girl has a great idea.
“She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!”
But the girl soon learns that making magnificent things is anything but easy-peasy. She tries, and fails, and she tries again and again. Eventually, all of her trying and failing makes her frustrated and mad. So mad, in fact, that she quits. But when her helpful dog convinces her to take a walk, the girl returns to her magnificent thing with renewedenthusiasm and this time she gets it just right.
The Most Magnificent Thing uses language that ties in with science, technology, engineering and math. The unnamed girl in the story loves manipulating things to create exactly what she envisions in her mind. A young inventor in the making, the girl encourages children to bring their ideas to life.
3. Look Inside How Computers Work, by Alex Frith
Each page spread features colourful illustration and interactive flaps for children to lift to discover more about what’s going on inside computers. Children and young readers can see what goes on inside a computer, how programs organize and send information, and many other cool tech facts.
Look Inside How Computers Work teaches preschoolers about the history of computers and helps them gain an early understanding of how computers work.
4. NanoBots, by Chris Gall
A young inventor creates high-tech superheroes that could one day save the world, but first they have to tackle some smaller problems! The inventor’s NanoBots are tiny, but they can each do important things. For instance, Medibot cures illness. Chewbot cleans up messes. Binobot helps solve crimes. And Seekerbot meets other tiny creatures.
These bots make the inventor's life easier, but they also save the day. When the best robot in town is in trouble, the NanoBots band together and prove that even small helpers can be big heroes.
Nanobots includes fun facts about real nanotechnology, teaching young readers about technology and what it can do to make bigger jobs easier to manage.