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

Move Over iPads, Kindles in the Spotlight

  Over this past summer my department added a regular Gadget Lab to our Summer Reading Club programming.  I had the opportunity to offer Kindle Fire HDs and iPad Minis for my school-aged participants to learn to use and play with.  Initially the program was offered every other week, but an advertising mistake gave me

Seven Days of STEM: A week’s worth of Environmental Ed: Day 5. Animal Adaptations.

After communing with the trees in the last lesson, why not look at some of the animals that inhabit them? Birds are fascinating creatures to most people, and offer an easily understood lesson in adaptations. If you have access to an outdoor area frequented by birds, try to spend some time observing them with your

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

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: , , , , , |1 Comment

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

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

Measure, Mark, Cut, and Staple – Making 3D Snowflakes

Let it snow!  Let it snow!  Let it snow! That's what my Crafternoon kids and I did not too long ago, and we had a great time doing it. We didn't have to worry about treacherous traffic conditions, slipping on the ice, frozen fingers, having to shovel, or even wear our coats.  There wasn't any

By |February 6th, 2015|Categories: Arts, Elementary Aged, Engineering, General, Informal Learning, Middle School Aged, Science|0 Comments
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