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.
Let’s Create: Stop Motion Shorts (For ages 9 and up.)
Monday, Nov. 12 • 2-4 p.m.
Work in teams to create one-of-a-kind stop motion shorts using Legos and iPads.
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KBA: Kids Builder Association (For kids and families.)
Wednesday, Nov. 21 • 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18 • 4-4:45 p.m
Build your own fun with Legos, Snap Circuits, K’nex, blocks, puzzles, origami and more.
After-School STEM: DIY Butter (For grades K-5.)
Monday, Nov. 26 • 4-4:30 p.m.
Make your own butter and taste-test it on some saltine crackers.
Hour of Code at the library
Join us as we celebrate Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week and try out some of the library’s cool STEM equipment. Stop by the Teen Area after school and get ready to crack the code!
- Monday, Dec. 3 • 3:30-4:45 p.m.: 3D Printing
- Tuesday, Dec. 4 • 3:30-4:45 p.m.: Ozobots
- Wednesday, Dec. 5 • 3:30-4:45 p.m.: Scratch Jr.
- Thursday, Dec. 6 • 3:30-4:45 p.m.: Snap Circuits
- All week: Hour of Code Creation Station
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.You can see how easily this technique can be adapted for addition and subtraction, or even analog/digital timekeeping!
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.
Check out our teen STEAM page here.