Pumpkins! (with STEMs!)

Happy October! Like the rest of the known (well, at least here in the Midwest!) world, you CAN bring pumpkins into your programming! But there are ways to do this which include many STEM concepts as well as fun! There are many great fiction titles about pumpkins, some of which actually follow the life cycle

Bringing the Indoors Out

There has been a movement towards bringing the natural world into programming more. More often than not, this involves bringing "nature" indoors in some fashion, whether by working with natural leaves, sticks, or other materials or even animals; or by doing activities which imitate nature in some way. It could be argued, however, that it

Three Little Pigs and the Budding Architects

Skokie Public Library’s experiential learning space, the BOOMbox, focuses on a different STEAM theme every four months, providing tools and inspiration to learn more about a topic through hands on experimentation. While this space is intended for youth, teens, and adults, it is not developmentally appropriate for children younger than kindergarten So, in conjunction with

By |June 9th, 2016|Categories: Engineering, Informal Learning, Pre-School, Science, STEM, Vocabulary|0 Comments

Want to Be a Stellar Artist? Send Your Creative Arts Into Space

I received this opportunity from Andrew Shaner of The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration: (This could be a great opportunity for a arts and science program for pre-schoolers, school-aged kids, and/or families.)   February 19, 2016 RELEASE 16-019 NASA Invites Public to Send Artwork to an Asteroid NASA is calling all space enthusiasts to

New Life for an Ancient Tool – Making and Using Abaci With Elementary Age Kids

              What can you do with a group of kids, corrogated cardboard, a lot of beads, pipe cleaners, and some masking or decorative duct tape?  Make abaci, of course!                         With a little bit of preliminary work, this is a craft program

Space Racers Wins the Gold!!

SPACE RACERS® WINS BEST NEW PRESCHOOL SERIES Space Racers® has been awarded the 2015 Cynopsis Kids !magination Award for the Best New Preschool Series. This prestigious industry award honors the year’s best in children’s, tween and family programming and marketing. Additionally, the Space Racers Parent & Educator Toolkit received Honorable Mention in the Educational Series/Special Parent/Teacher Curriculum

Seven Days of STEM: A Week’s Worth of Environmental Ed Programs: Day 7- Hibernation

Preparing for the winter takes many forms in the animal kingdom. One that fascinates young and old is hibernation, and bears quickly come to mind for this concept. There are many other hibernators, though, including other mammals, snakes, bugs, bats, and amphibians! Share a program with families during the darkest part of the winter to

How Many Ways Can You Sprout a Seed?

  It's half way through June, and every children's librarian in a public library is well into the first half of a crazy marathon commonly called Summer Reading Club.  I know planning and preparation for the summer's line-up of programs has been under way for months, but every once in a while, things don't quite

Seven days of STEM: A week’s worth of Environmental Ed: Day 4. Trees, please!

  Trees. I grew up climbing them, reading in and under them, swinging on ropes hung from them, even planting them. Not everyone is so lucky. Even if your library does not include green space and trees, there are fun and interesting ways to share trees with your younger patrons.     As always, I start

NanoDays at the Library

    NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally in late March and early April. This community-based event is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska. At the nanoscale—the scale of

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