STEM in Outreach

When participating in outreach opportunities throughout the community, a great way to stimulate interest is by incorporating STEM activities.  STEM activities can be simple enough to have during an outreach event, while also garnering a lot of interest from those participating.  There are several ways that you can incorporate simple STEM activities in your outreach

Shoe Boxes, Dioramas, and Tatebanko…Plus a Toilet Paper Roll or Two

Nearly all of us remember having to do them in school.  Some us dreaded them.  Others had a great time devoting hours to planning and tending to every tiny detail.  Nowadays, those of us in public libraries regularly encounter anxious parents who have come to the library wanting to know what they are, how to make

It’s not WHAT you know, so much as WHO you know…

We have heard this adage many times. And this blog is a great example of that kind of networking. I have long resisted this fact and tried very hard to be all things to all people. While the learning is exhilarating, it can be very exhausting! :) I am currently involved in the Professional Environmental

FFL Little Makers- Electrifying STEM Activities for Kids

by Stephanie Prato, Director of Play to Learn Services Fayetteville Free Library At the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL), we believe that informal, applied learning opportunities are an essential part of our library’s mission. Dynamic, hands-on STEM programs are tied to our commitment to providing free and open access to ideas and information. They support 21st century literacy skills,

It’s in the Stars! Astronomy at the Library

Space is a fascinating place, and most people never tire of looking at the stars. If you have never looked up and marveled at the stars, now is the time to start! Astronomy programs at the library can come in many forms. You don't have to be an astronomer, but it can help if you

Using Environmental Programs to Fulfill STEM Needs

With the emphasis on science-related programs, the natural sciences often get overlooked... overshadowed by the chemistry or the technology and engineering parts of the STEM puzzle. How can we use natural resources and the outdoors to engage our audiences and help to fulfill some of those STEM needs? If you are lucky enough to have wide

Measure, Mark, Cut, and Staple – Making 3D Snowflakes

Let it snow!  Let it snow!  Let it snow! That's what my Crafternoon kids and I did not too long ago, and we had a great time doing it. We didn't have to worry about treacherous traffic conditions, slipping on the ice, frozen fingers, having to shovel, or even wear our coats.  There wasn't any

By |February 6th, 2015|Categories: Arts, Elementary Aged, Engineering, General, Informal Learning, Middle School Aged, Science|0 Comments
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