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Usborne STEM books

Usborne books on the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) are fun and engaging introductions, with flaps to lift, and experiments, activities, puzzles and recommended websites.

STEM in the classroom is about using science and maths to design, test and build solutions to problems in our technological world, and engineering is the practical application of these skills. STEM qualifications are needed for employment in a wide range of subjects including coding and game design, environmental studies, medical sciences, development of new materials, space exploration, robotics and much, much more. 

Scroll down to see our STEM books or download two STEM activity sheets.

Investigate STEM subjects at Usborne Quicklinks

Visit Usborne Quicklinks to find recommended links for online challenges, video clips and activities to try at home for the STEM subjects.

I was surprised to learn so much from this book. What I really like about it is that it’s full of unexpected things, it doesn’t shy away from discussing even some of the big questions that we don’t know the answers to just yet. Royal Society Young People's Book Prize judges on 100 Things to Know About Space

Technology books

The children of today will be inventing the technology of the future – and maybe even travelling in self-driving cars and visiting the Moon. Many of them will have been inspired by the books they read as children, including perhaps, some of the following. Browse all technology books.

Brings a really difficult topic to a level children can master. LoveReading4Kids review of Lift-the-flap computers and coding
Think Like an Engineer

Think Like an Engineer activity booklet

Find out what it takes to be an awesome engineer in this free online activity booklet, filled with problems to solve, things to create and links to websites to find out more.

The focus is on applying maths to everyday functions and the full colour pages are cheerfully illustrated with small figures busily engaged in a variety of activities. Guardian Education on See Inside Maths

STEM activity sheets

Here are two STEM activity sheets to download.

Science Museum activity sheet

Science museum activity

Science museums are full of demonstrations, hands-on experiments and interactive exhibits. Try this activity sheet for a taster! Download.

Accidental inventions

Accidental inventions

Follow the lines to read the strange stories behind some inventions, then make your own gloopy substance. Download.

Scientist with magnifying glass

More about STEM

The acronym STEM was first used in the US about 20 years ago, when it was recognised that jobs requiring STEM subjects were growing faster than non-STEM jobs and that there was a skills gap in these subjects. Since then, national curriculums in English-speaking countries have been working to improve the uptake of STEM subjects to ensure school leavers are equipped with the necessary skills for the economies of the future.