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The STEM Read podcast explores the connections between STEM and storytelling. Host Gillian King-Cargile dives into hot topics in K-12 education with an educator or STEM expert and then talks with an author whose books can ignite enthusiasm for reading and learning.

The STEM Read Podcast: Inquiry with Zack Gilbert and M.T. Anderson

Episode 3: Inquiry with Zack Gilbert and M.T. Anderson 

Students and sci-fi authors tend to question everything, but not all educators are ready to bring inquiry into their classrooms. Until recently, it has been the stuff of science labs. Now there is a push to embrace essential questions across the curriculum.   

This week, Gillian and Kristin interview social studies teacher and fellow podcaster Zack Gilbert (http://edgamer.net/) and award-winning author M.T. Anderson (http://mt-anderson.com/) to learn how to use inquiry to explore history, understand culture, and question the very nature of current and future societies. Zack will tell us why he thinks the scientific method is garbage and M.T. Anderson will talk about how he turns his anxieties about society and technology into the plots of his great satirical novels like Feed and his most recent book Landscape with Invisible Hand (Candlewick Press).    

Northern Illinois University’s STEM Read is part of the NIU STEAM family of programs that explore science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Find more great books, lesson plans, and resources at stemread.com.  

The STEM Read Podcast is produced in collaboration with WNIJ.

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