STEM and STEAM at the library

STEM versus STEAM

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education, fields that are deeply intertwined in the real world. STEAM incorporates the “A” for the arts because to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills, which are developed through exposure to the arts.

Upcoming activities

Five Rivers at the Library: Insects Rock
Monday, July 9 • 2 p.m. (For grades K-5.)
Join our friends from Five Rivers on the Green as we learn about the sounds insects make and why, as well as how to identify common “musical” insects. A take-home craft follows. Craft moves inside if it rains.

KBA: Kids Builder Association
Wednesday, July 11 • 2-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8 • 2-3:30 p.m. (For kids and families.)
Use your imagination to build with Legos, Snap Circuits, K’Nex, blocks, puzzles and more. BCHS student Jacob will be on hand to share domino-building techniques.

Intro to Ozobots
Thursday, July 12 • 10-11:30 a.m. (For grades 2 and up.)
Learn some basic methods to program these mini robots. Best suited for those who have never used an Ozobot before. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult; register each child individually.
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Astronomy Myths and Mysteries
Wednesday, July 18 • 10 a.m.  (For ages 9 and up.)
An Albany Visitors Center Educator will talk about how mythology helped ancient astronomers interpret the night sky.
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Reptile Adventure
Monday, August 20 • 10 a.m.  (For kids and families.)
Enjoy a hands-on educational program with live snakes, lizards and turtles.

Pre-K STEAM

The library offers preschool math and STEM programs, which combine stories with STEM-related activities.

One popular  “number eggs” from a past program can be easily reproduced at home. Take a bag full of plastic eggs – the kind that come apart in two pieces – and label them with a permanent marker. One half of the egg should be labeled with the numeral while the other half of the egg should have dots drawn on to represent that number. Have your child find the corresponding halves.STEAM1You can see how easily this technique can be adapted for addition and subtraction, or even analog/digital timekeeping!

School-age STEAM

Engineering programs are great fun, and our young patrons have built spaghetti and marshmallow towers, paper bridges and straw bridges in order to explore how different  materials and building designs work.
Other STEM programming includes our Lego Club, Family Build Nights and 3D printer programs. The library provides access and hands-on instruction to popular and innovative technology including 3D puzzles, Legos, Lego WeDo, Ozobots and more. This provides a great foundation in many STEM concepts.

Teen STEAM

Check out our teen STEAM page here.

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