Guides

Playful Building – Implementation Guide

Engineers work to solve the basic challenges of life — including having fun! Playful Building explores the process of solving such challenges through engineering in an imaginative task: designing, building, and maintaining a community park! The Playful Building activities are designed to engage children, tweens, and families (or other groups of mixed ages) in hands-on engineering fun at the library and other out-of classroom environments.

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Earth Science Programming – Teacher Guide

This guide has helpful information to connect earth science in the library to your classroom activities.  Please contact us to discuss ways that we can work together on engaging the community in STEM.

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Space Science Programming – Teacher Guide

This guide has helpful information to connect space science in the library to your classroom activities.  Please contact us to discuss ways that we can work together on engaging the community in STEM.

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Engineering & Technology Programming – Teacher Guide

This guide has helpful information to connect engineering and technology explorations in the library to your classroom activities.  Please contact us to discuss ways that we can work together on engaging the community in STEM.

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A Family Guide – 20 Easy Steps to Personal Environmental Health Now

It’s not too much of an exaggeration to say, your environment is your health. So to improve your health, see that your family’s environment is a healthy one.

Of course, your environment isn’t the only factor influencing your health. Genes play an important role, too, as your kids are sure to tell you. But, sorry, you can’t choose your parents. You and your family can, on the other hand, do a lot about your personal environment…

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Teacher’s Guide – The Cardiovascular (Circulatory) System

The cardiovascular system is a collection of parts that work together to supply the bod with oxygen and nutrients and remove waste products. The average adult cardiovascular system consists of approximately 1.3 gallons of blood, 60,000 miles of blood vessels, and a seven to 12 ounce heart…

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Teacher’s Guide – The Digestive System

The primary role of the digestive system is to break food down into units that are small enough to fit inside each individual cell, providing our body’s systems with the nutrients they need.

Two types of digestion-chemical and physical-occur throughout most of the gastrointestinal tract. Both chemical and physical digestion begin in the mouth. Your 32 teeth are immediately put to use physically tearing food apart. As chewing occurs, saliva, which contains enzymes, mixes with the food and chemically changes the structure of the food in order to help digest it…

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Teacher’s Guide – The Musculoskeletal System

The muscular system helps stabilize body position, aids in movement of skeletal bones and internal fluids, and maintains body heat. There are 65 muscles in the human body and they are divided into three different types: skeletal, smooth, and cardiac. Skeletal muscles are those that, when contracted, help bones move…

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Teacher’s Guide – The Nervous System

The nervous system is the control system for our entire body. Without this system we would cease to function. It enables the body to react to its environment and to perform everyday activities. The basic structures of the nervous system are the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system), and cranial nerves and spinal nerves (peripheral nervous system)…

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Teacher’s Guide – The Respiratory System

The purpose of respiration is to obtain oxygen for cell metabolism and to rid the body of by-products such as carbon dioxide. Breathing is an involuntary action kept constant by the medulla oblongata at the base of the brain. On average, adults breathe 12 to 20 times per minute while at rest. Adult lungs average 12 inches in length from tip to tip and are able to breather in and out 500 millimeters of air during relaxed respiration…

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