STEM

Science, technology, engineering and math are key subjects to study in today's rapidly changing, technology-based society. They are also great subjects for interesting stories.

STEM Chapters

Just like the Deepwater Horizon itself, with its many moving parts, the disaster at the rig includes many details. This story summarizes the key issue...

In an unbelievable turn of events, a sperm whale attacks a whaleship called the Essex on November 20, 1820.

About five years before he died, Thomas Nickerson wrote a 105-page narrative (with illustrations) which he called The Loss of the Ship “Ess...

This map, from PBS' "American Experience," depicts the areas where whales were captured between 1790 and 1924. Data for the map was retrieved from a s...

This illustration, produced by Currier & Ives sometime between 1856 and 1907, depicts (in the foreground) whalers in an open boat hunting a Right ...

STEM Learning Tasks

Central Idea

Comparing a Fictional Account with an Historical One

Drawing Conclusions about Author's Purpose

Drawing Conclusions by Integrating Information

Making Connections between Ideas in the Text

STEM Audios

On its mission to the Moon, Apollo 13 encountered a near-fatal situation.

STEM Audio Narrations

Storing water in their large stems, Baobab trees help people during dry periods.

After experiencing an accident in space, Apollo 11's crew depended on team work to save their lives.

As they get closer to the Moon, Apollo 11's crew gets a warning sign. Is it real or is it a glitch?

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