Working Knowledge: STEM Essentials for the 21st Century is designed to inspire a wide range of readers from high school and undergraduate students with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to STEM teachers and those who wish to become teachers. Written by renowned scientist and teacher Dr. Karl Hess of the University of Illinois at Urbana, a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, the book presents a critical collection of timeless STEM concepts and connects them with contemporary research advances in addition to the needs of our daily lives. With an engaging and accessible style not requiring a formal background in STEM, Dr. Hess takes the reader on a journey from Euclidean Geometry and Cartesian Coordinates up through 21st Century scientific topics like the global positioning system, nanotechnology, and super-efficient alternative energy systems.
In summary, this book:
Presents a need-to-know list of topics for students, teachers, and parents interested in STEM concepts and STEM educationConnects timeless scientific concepts with contemporary, "hot" science topicsConnects STEM knowledge to the needs of daily lifeRecognizes curricular guidelines set forth by the National Research CouncilOffers examples for Mathematica throughout the bookIncludes guide to online resources with numerous examplesFeatures over 100 illustrations Working Knowledge: STEM Essentials for the 21st Century at once serves as an almanac on the fascinating physical, chemical, quantitative features of the natural world and built environment, as well as a need-to-know list of topics for students, teachers, and parents interested in STEM education.
About the Author:
Karl Hess served as Professor of Electrical Engineering and physics at the University of Illinois, Urbana (UIUC) from 1980 to 2006, where his research centered around solid state electronics and physics. In recent years, Dr. Hess has become active in variety of efforts to promote and improve STEM education. He held a presidential appointment to the National Science Board, from 2006-2008, as well as a seat on the Hawaiian Innovation Council advising the Governor of Hawaii in matters of STEM Teaching Innovations from 2007-2009. Dr. Hess lives on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Presents a need-to-know list of topics for students, teachers, and parents interested in STEM concepts and STEM education
Connects timeless scientific concepts with contemporary, "hot" science topics
Connects STEM knowledge to the needs of daily life
Recognizes curricular guidelines set forth by the National Research Council
Offers examples for Mathematica throughout the book
Includes guide to online resources with numerous examples
Features over 100 illustrations