Transportation at the Depot

Taking the STEAM concept in a slightly different direction, last week we hosted a program at the Depot Park all about transportation. This is always a popular theme, and since we were meeting at the Depot (as in train!) Park, it seemed like a natural fit. The Erlanger Depot Museum is one of the last

Paper Engineering Workshop for Tweens

During spring break this year, I tried a new program aimed specifically for 8-12 year olds.  We met each afternoon for two hours to work on creating paper automata.  I had a limit of 25 participants, and required pre-registration in order to attend.  Registration started out slow, and about the time I began to get

Cardboard Creations!

What can you do with an hour, a large box, some assorted IKEA packing materials, a few plastic fasteners, and some kids? All kinds of cool things! We recently held another "open building" program at KCPL. This time, our building materials included one very large box, pieces of cardboard of various sizes, shapes, and thickness,

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

Learn About Other Cultures While Getting Fit – Make Your Own Skill Toys

                There's lots of research these days that supports the idea that a healthy body supports a healthy mind and intellect, improving one's ability to learn, understand, and retain information.  Cultures throughout history may or may not have made the connection between a healthy body and a healthy mind,

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

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

Paper Engineering

Since working as a librarian, I have found that children love origami. I think they love being able to create something with just paper. At my present library, we do not have a lot of money to use towards STEM related projects, so I try blend STEM inspired ideas into the crafts and projects that

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