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

Introducing KBA, our new Kids Builder Association!

Take your building skills beyond Legos with the launch of a brand-new club that incorporates all of the library’s cool construction toys. Kids and families can let their imaginations run wild as they engineer fun and create fantastic structures using our Legos, Snap Circuits, 3D puzzles, blocks, Strawbees and K’nex. No registration is required. Stop by and see what all the fun’s about! Mondays, July 10-August 21* • 10-11:30 a.m. (*No KBA July 31 or August 7.)

Saturday, August 12 • 2 p.m.: Solar Eclipse Talk
Dudley Observatory astronomer Dr. Valerie Rapson will discuss eclipses in advance of the Aug. 21 event. Solar eclipse view glasses will be given out. Co-sponsored by miSci.  (For grades 1-8.)
Sign up here.

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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