Monday, May 15, 2017

Links to poems and songs with STEM themes

     During April 2017, Indiana State Poet Laureate Shari Wagner teamed with Indiana Humanities to feature the work of Hoosier poets to celebrate April as National Poetry Month.  This humanities website posts a poem each day and in honor of  Quantum Leap -- a Humanities program focused on bringing together STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and the Humanities - the poem featured each Monday in April had a STEM-related theme.
     On April 24, the featured poem was "Fractals" by Mark Williams; on April 17 the feature was Nancy Chen Long's poem "Dot Product: the Cross Between Particle Theory and Pointillism"; the feature for April 10 was "Sleeping with my Telescope" by Richard Pflum; on April 3, Kirk Robinson's poem, "A History of Fire" was posted.  With each of these poems, Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner has also posted a writing prompt related to the topic of the poem -- so that readers enjoying the poems may be stimulated to write about their own STEM imaginings or experiences.
     Another fun website I found recently is  My exploration there has been brief but I discovered, for example, that if I enter the single word "algebra" I get a list of 32 song possibilities to explore.  One is a You-Tube performance of "Absolute Value" by Algebra Man;  here are its opening lines:

    Absolute value, you're unlike any girl I've ever known,
    You're always positive. Yeah, you mean the distance from zero.


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