These materials help educators use literature to get students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. Each title shares a story where something was built or invented by designing, planning, gathering materials, and creating. There is a book card/lesson plan for each title that includes a maker-STEM connection; pre, during, and post questions; and a design challenge that incorporates materials already available in each local REMC.

Several of Michigan’s educational standards focus on literacy, engineering design thinking, collaboration, creation, as well as soft skills that include inquiry and problem-solving skills. These resources provide ways for educators to teach students about design-thinking concepts in an easy and non-intimidating way.