Art and Science – Pointillism, Kinetic Sculpture, and Gravity

Combining art and science is a great way to engage those children and teens that are not interested in STEM. It also helps those who like STEM to explore different ways that STEM can be influential in other fields. Here are a few examples of ways to incorporate science into your art programming: Pointillism Art

By |April 30th, 2015|Categories: Arts, STEM|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Seven Days of STEM: A week’s worth of Environmental Ed programming- Day 3: Life Cycle of the Frog

After talking about water (and possibly wetlands) with the Lake activity in the previous lesson, why not move on to the life cycle of the frog? Most kids find frogs and their metamorphosis to be fascinating, and this lesson includes an easy and fun 3D chart of the life cycle. Start with some great books!

The Hubble Space Telescope is 25!

https://youtu.be/g889verOmbE April 24, 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Telescope into Earth orbit.  In the 25 years since the space shuttle Discovery deployed it into space, Hubble has helped change the way we look at the universe.  The pictures it has sent back to earth have allowed us the see more clearly,

Myth-Busters in the Library: Sneaky STEM

In April, I decided to do a bunch of science programs and call them "Mythbusters." The premise was based on the fact that this website exists, but when I got deep into what I could plan for cheap/free and what wouldn't need parental waivers or worry about balloon allergies and stuff, I turned to other science books and

By |April 14th, 2015|Categories: Elementary Aged, Middle School Aged|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Coding: It’s For Everyone

By Meredith Levine, Director of Family Engagement, Fayetteville Free Library Many libraries have added coding programs for children and teens to their programming regimens. Coding not only is a necessary skill for careers in technology related fields but it is a great way to think critically and learn how to problem solve. We all know

Seven Days of STEM: A week’s worth of Environmental Ed programming- Day 2: The Lake

Imagine your library property is home to a lake. It is a lovely lake. People like to picnic around its clean, sparkling water. Now imagine that all sorts of icky stuff inadvertently ends up in the lake. What do you do to clean it up? This premise is the basis for a program that explores

Seven Days of STEM: A week’s worth of Environmental Ed programming, Day 1: Butterflies

Seven Days of STEM: Day one. Life Science. There is currently a movement afoot to "save the Monarch Butterflies." I am all for this for many reasons, not the least of which is that they are simply amazing creatures. They have a lot to teach us as well, about habitat loss, man's interference with migration

Crazy 8’s Club Session One

For anyone who hasn't heard of Bedtime Math or Crazy 8's Club, they have quite a lot to offer to kids, parents, afterschool program providers, and public children's librarians.  I wrote about their newest Crazy 8's Club kit earlier. Here I want to mention what is offered in the first session kit, which is still

Crazy 8’s Volume 2 Has Arrived!!

Do you remember math as the boring, confusing subject in school that you were obligated to suffer through?  Did you identify with the poor, miserable character in Jon Scieszka's Math Curse, tossing and turning in your bed at night, dreading the next math test? Math Curse by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith Well, kids

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