Next year, I am hoping to turn our elementary school library into a STEM Lab. I plan to document the journey here. I am currently creating a year-long curriculum map with ideas of STEM projects for each grade level Prek-5. I will then create design briefs to serve as my lesson plans for each project. Most projects pair with a fiction or nonfiction book and teach not only STEM concepts, but also reading skills like problem/solution, cause/effect, compare/contrast etc. I am also putting together a proposal to present to our PTO in order to request funding for supplies and STEM kits. My final step in preparing is to turn my library closet into a STEM storage area and create a list of supplies/recyclables that teachers and parents can begin to donate.