3-D Origami – The Fun of Legos on a Much Smaller Budget

Fate is a funny thing.  A few months ago I got ambitious one week, and wrote and published ( I thought) three blog articles.  Unbeknownst to me, it was the same week that the STAR_Net blog was being moved to its new home on this website.  For some reason, one of my articles made the

What If? to Oh Cool! The Scientific Method Put to Work Launching Stomp Rockets

      How can  kids use the scientific method to develop better, higher flying paper rockets, or, better yet, shock the administrators on the third floor?  It's easy! For the last several years, I've been doing stomp rocket programs at my library.  Whether it's during summer reading club or in the middle of the school

Paper Airplane Challenge!

Last week my Crafternoon participants (with a few moms and one teen-aged sister included) enjoyed a paper plane tournament.  It was a wonderful, low cost, quick prep program which everyone enjoyed thoroughly. I collected all the paper airplane books that my library system owned, added quite a few that I bought online, and had them laid

Virtually Chat With NASA Engineers & Experts

  Keliann LaConte, with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, allowed me to pass this great info along to any StarNET folks who may be interested. They all sound like great opportunities to learn from and work with the experts in various fields of science and research!!   PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Virtual Chats with NASA Engineers Schedule

Kites and Kite Programs for All Ages

  It's September, and here in the South the days are a little bit cooler, and the wind is picking up.  It's the perfect time to spend a day riding the wind with a kite or two.  It's even more fun to proudly display and fly a kite of your own design and making. This

Family STEM Nights

Family STEM nights are a great way to encourage people to visit the library, because you are able to engage the entire family at one event.  Sometimes, this can be easier for parents -- being able to take the entire family out for one fun event that is appropriate for all ages.  For our STEM

By |August 30th, 2015|Categories: Engineering, Informal Learning, Science, STEM, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Inspiring Kids with Their Own Potential to be Engineers

      We’re facing enormous challenges in the 21st century—such as climate change, the need for sustainable sources of energy, and providing access to clean water. Solving these challenges will require, at least in part, engineering solutions. (See the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century.) But the U.S. is not graduating enough

By |July 25th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments
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