STEM Mini-Tutorials Index

We’re at the very beginning of our effort to give back (or pay it forward) to inspire children to learn — and their parents, other relatives, and teachers to communicate — STEM principles. The lists below give a sneak peak of some lesson titles now being devloped, based on the first two BioFables childrens’ books.

All mini-tutorials are derived from our BioFables series of books; mini-tutorials are designed to help children 7-12 appreciate the value of learning basic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts. These mini-tutorials incorporate an explanatory component that would be tedious (boring!) — not to mention distracting — while reading the BioFables stories, which blend STEM lessons into everyday environments.


Science of all forms and conditions of life and living organisms.


Microbes (Microorganisms)

  • Living Thermometers. Whoosh. (Book 1, Ch. 7)
  • What’s an Exremophile? Whoosh. (Book 1, Ch. 7, 9)
  • What Causes that “After Rain” Smell? E-I-E-I-Uh Oh. (Book 2, Ch. 3)


  • Eggs (2)
  • Milking (2) – Also Work, Careers



Elements and compounds that make up physical substances (matter) and the ways they interact.

Atoms, Elements, Molecules, Compounds

  • Water and Steam: Same Molecules, Big Differences. Whoosh. (Book 1, Ch.



  • pH? What’s That? Whoosh. (Book 1, Ch. 8)
  • Why are Some Lakes Blue? Whoosh. (Book 1, Ch.
  • Dry Ice Isn’t Ice, but It’s So Cold that It Can Burn Your Skin. E-I-E-I-Uh Oh. (Book 2, Ch. 8)
  • Water and Dry Ice Molecules. E-I-E-I-Uh Oh. (Book 2, Ch. 3)
  • Fuel Cells (2)
  • Hydrogen (2)


Science of matter, energy, motion and force.


  • How Hot is Hot? Whoosh. (Book 1, Ch.
  • Temperature: Celsius and Fahrenheit (1)
  • Steam (1)
  • What Causes the Different Colors of the Sky at Sunrise? E-I-E-I-Uh Oh. (Book 2, Ch. 6)
  • Trampolines Demonstrate Laws of Physics. Catch of the Day. (Book 6, Ch.


Science of numbers, quantities, shapes, patterns, and how they relate between and among each other.


  • An Easy Way to Compare Big and Little Distances. Whoosh. (Book 1, Ch.
  • Neat Shorthand for Writing “Greater Than” and “Less Than”. E-I-E-I-Uh Oh. (Book 2, Ch. 1)
  • Fuzzy Logic
  • Counting Big Bunches of Things. Sand Sack. (Book 3, Ch. 3)



Earth Science

Natural science related to planet Earth and its atmosphere.

Earth Rotation

  • Day length, Seasons





  • How Do Geysers Work? Whoosh. (Book 1, Ch.
  • Hot Springs (1)
  • Magma (1)
  • Mud and Paint Pots (1)
  • Volcanoes (1)
  • Aquifers (2)
  • Geothermal (2)
  • Water Table (2)
  • What Causes the Different Colors of the Sky at Sunrise? E-I-E-I-Uh Oh. (Book 2, Ch. 6)
  • How Clean Is Clean? E-I-E-I-Uh Oh. (Book 2, Ch. 8)
  • Why Do Sunrise and Sunset Times Change Throughout the Year? Sand Sack. (Book 3, Ch. 2)
  • Are Some Sand Dunes Living? Sand Sack. (Book 3, Ch. 2, 3)
  • How Do Sand Dunes Happen? Sand Sack. (Book 3, Ch. 4)


Space Science

Earth’s upper atmosphere and beyond, including natural phenomena, planets and stars, and exploration of and travel to these areas.

  • A Natural GPS and Timer in the Night Sky. E-I-E-I-Uh Oh. (Book 2, Ch. 7)
  • Milky Way (2)
  • Moon (2)
  • North Star (2)

Computer Science, IT

Use of computers and other devices to store, send and analyze data or other information.

  • Fuzzy Logic (2)


Application of scientific knowledge to find answers and to fix problems.


Using science and math to design, make, repair and apply things for practical purposes.

  • Water pump (2)
  • Igloos, Tents and other “Cool” Designs. Sand Sack. (Book 3, Ch. 1)