Series Review: Cutting-Edge STEM Careers

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Top STEM Careers in Engineering by Gina Hagler. 9781477776728. 2015. Gr. 9-12.
Top STEM Careers in Math by Corona Brezina. 9781477776766. 2015. Gr. 9-12.
Top STEM Careers in Science by Anastasia Suen. 9781477776643. 2015. Gr. 9-12.
Top STEM Careers in Technology by Laura La Bella. 9781477776681. 2015 Gr. 9-12.

When I was in high school I took 4 years of math and science because that is what you did if you were going to college. Beyond that I didn’t give it much thought. I certainly didn’t have much understanding of careers available in STEM fields other than scientists did “research.”

Today technology has become such a huge part of our daily lives and seems to be growing exponentially (I remember this word from my high school math!). The need for trained workers is growing as well. The Cutting-Edge STEM Careers series would be a great addition to any high school collection but particularly for schools with a STEM program, to help students understand this need and the opportunities available to them.

The series does I nice job of introducing a variety jobs in the various disciplines as well as suggesting what students can work on while still in high school and college to prepare for a career. The series communicates the substantial effect these careers can have on our environment and quality of life. Top STEM Careers in Engineering has a chapter on Biomedical Engineers and features a man playing a keyboard using a bionic hand. Top STEM Careers in Technology describes what a geoscientist does and has a photo of a geoscientist in the field studying glacial melting. I appreciate the photographs featuring young women studying and working in these professions.   The books are a nice introduction to STEM careers and back matter provides suggestions and links to additional information.
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