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.
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!
Thursday, November 4 • 4 p.m.
After-school STEM: Ring and Pin Game
Monday November 6 • 4 p.m. (for grades 1 and up)
Native people across North America have been playing a version of this game for centuries. Make your own using materials from nature for the ring and pin.
Domino Building Basics
Saturday, November 18 • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (for kids and families)
Learn the basics of building with dominos with BCHS student Jacob Koplik.
After-school STEM: Sugar Cube Arch
Monday, December 4 • 4 p.m. (for grades 2 and up)
Make a Roman arch using only sugar cubes — no glue, pins or tape! Sign up here.
Let’s Create: Stop Motion Shorts
Thursday, December 28 • 2-4 p.m. (for ages 9 and up)
Work in teams to create one-of-a-kind stop motion shorts using Legos and iPads. Sign up here.
Make it from Scratch (Jr.)
Friday, December 29 • 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.
The library is holding an introduction to Scratch Jr., a coding program for beginners. Create interactive games, and in the process, pick up problem-solving skills and learn how to express yourself creatively through code. The program is for children ages 5 and up who will work with caregivers in a 1-to-1 ratio on the library’s iPads. Sign up is limited; register children only for 10 a.m. OR 1 p.m. session.
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.