Tinker, Make, Engineer

Alumna Cate Heroman publishes new book on teaching and learning STEM subjects


Cate Heroman, an LSU School of Education (SOE) alumna and a 2016 Alumna of Distinction, published a new informational book for teachers aspiring to integrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) lessons into their curriculums.

Making and Tinkering with STEM: Solving Design Challenges With Young Children is a practical, hands-on resource for teachers. Tools included in the book are:

  • 25 engineering design challenges for children ages 3-8
  • Suggestions for creating a makerspace environment where children can tinker with materials, use tools to make creations, and improve on their ideas
  • A list of 100 picture books that encourage STEM-rich exploration and learning
  • Questions and ideas for expanding children’s comprehension of STEM concepts
  • A planning template for teachers to create their own design challenges.

Heroman’s book intends to help teachers create lesson plans that will encourage young students to delve into new levels of creativity and critical thinking.

Heroman encourages teachers to use popular children’s books alongside her own new publication. Young student will be inspired, delighted and challenged as they use everyday materials and STEM concepts to design and build solutions to problems faced by characters in their favorite books

Heroman is an author, early childhood consultant, and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Knock Knock Children’s Museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A nationally recognized educator, she taught in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, served as an early childhood administrator at the Louisiana Department of Education, and was vice president of Teaching Strategies, LLC. Her publications include The Creative Curriculum for Preschool and Teaching Strategies GOLD.

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The LSU School of Education (SOE) offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Research, and Counseling, including two completely online master’s programs. SOE offers a range of professional and academic degree programs that focus on preparing students for careers in education, research, policy formation and implementation, as well as program oversight. The School’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners, and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. SOE is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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