Twig to Tree: Creativity, STEM, and the Connected School Library

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In this session, presenters Amanda Waugh and Dr. Mega Subramaniam share scholarly research in youth development and STEM learning, then translate that research into practical programs that school librarians can integrate into their practice. Participants learn about how connected learning, health research, and science fiction writing can bolster STEM engagement, the pro’s and con’s of makerspaces, and leveraging fiction reading into STEM engagement.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Introduce research into identity development and STEM learning
  • Develop ideas for incorporating STEM into the school library

  • Bolster student engagement in STEM through nontraditional routes

Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.


Amanda Waugh is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland College Park and a practicing elementary school Media Specialist in Prince George’s County Public Schools. As a Media Specialist, she teaches diverse and underprivileged youth from PreKindergarten to grade 6. As a doctoral candidate, Amanda researches the information behaviors of teens in settings ranging from online communities and fandoms, to school libraries. Amanda is a passionate educator who enjoys sharing STEM resources with her students in a variety of formats. She has presented at regional and national conferences for both practitioners and researchers, including AASL, MASL and ASIST. 


Dr. Mega Subramaniam is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies, and Associate Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Subramaniam’s innovative research focuses on enhancing the role of libraries in fostering the mastery of information and new media literacy so essential to the learning of science and mathematics among underserved young people. Specifically, she conducts research in creating socio-culturally relevant learning environments that leverage the strengths of libraries, where the library programs can engage young people in inquiry experiences, utilize technology for effective learning experiences, and make connections to their interests in media, health, and the environment. She serves as the co-editor of the School Library Research journal and the International Journal of Information, Diversity, and Inclusion. More information about her research and teaching interests can be found at:



This webinar archive is complimentary to AASL members and eCOLLAB subscribers.

How to Register

No registration is required.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection and web browser.


Jennifer Habley 
AASL Manager, Web Communications