The Agnes Pflumm science education novels have been purposefully designed to teach nearly all of the NGSS standards for middle school using an integrated STE[A]M approach. These books are the products of over two decades of research and field testing and are grounded in Dr. Merrie Koester’s belief that the ARTS connect, communicate, and break down barriers, opening windows to the world (and nature of) science for English language learners, poor readers and others too commonly dismissed as poor science students. The Agnes Pflumm books have become very popular in after school STE[A]M literacy programs, in summer STE[A]M camps, and in school science clubs. There are PFLUMMSTERS everywhere!
A key learning goal of this curriculum is the creation of STE[A]M projects, which Dr. Koester has defined as creative design tasks undertaken by a student or group of students which uses arts practice to apply or explain science concepts or phenomena or engineer solutions to design problems. The ARTISTIC practices of Creating, Presenting, Responding, and Connecting are essential in the design, engineering, and communication of these STE[A]M projects in this curriculum.