Kids Get STEAMed Up at New Program
The maker movement seems to have taken the library world by storm. Here at the Fauquier County Public Library, we have combined the idea of maker projects with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) to bring you an awesome new program for children called What’s Up Wednesday?
Importance of STEM
Science and technology pervade our everyday lives from knowing how simple appliances work to caring for the environment. Whether a child wants to grow up to be a scientist, truck driver or ballet dancer, STEM education provides a baseline for understanding how things function. And by adding the “art” to STEM we are injecting creativity into the lesson.
Introducing What’s Up Wednesday?
We invite you to discover our exciting new STEAM club full of bubbles and slime, zaps, fizzes and booms. This after-school activity for your young thinkers and doers will stimulate the mind and get them enthusiastic about visiting the library. In our STEAM program, kids will explore science concepts using hands on techniques. We’ll tap into your child’s natural curiosity and each month will be a new adventure.
The library will provide all the materials and kids are encouraged to mix, create, build and discover; it’s not necessarily about the final product but about the learning journey.
All branches every 3rd Wednesday at 4 p.m. starting Sept. 16.
STEAM @ the Library
Here at the library, we have plenty of resources to boost your child’s interest in science and creativity.
We recently added the complete set of Bill Nye the Science Guy to our collection (seen here on display at our Bealeton branch library) – that’s 100 new DVDs at each branch! Who better than Bill Nye to demonstrate big scientific ideas with simple experiments. Whether your child is interested in the electricity, anatomy, outer space or inner earth, there is sure to be a topic to give him a charge.
Fiction Picture Books
In Marveltown by Bruce McCall, all the adults are inventors, but when engineers create giant robots that threaten the town, it is the children’s outrageous creations that save the day.
On a mission to conquer planet Earth, tiny but fearless Robot Zot and his mechanical sidekick leave a path of destruction as they battle kitchen appliances.
In Science Verse by Jon Scieszka, a student gets zapped by a curse and begins hearing nothing but science verses that sound very much like some well-known poems.
The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School is about a boy who sends off for “Professor Swami’s Super Slime” to use as his science fair project and then has to cope with the funny disaster that follows.
Fiction Chapter Books
In Star Jumper: Journal of a Cardboard Genius, Alex works to design a spaceship that will take him so far away from Earth that not even the NASA experts can find him.
The Science Unfair by Nate Ball; Zack gets help from his extraterrestrial best friend, Amp, when he has to create an experiment for the annual school science fair.
Science Fair: A Story of Mystery, Danger, International Suspense, and a Very Nervous Frog by Dave Barry; an ordinary student makes up his mind finally to win the science fair and thwarts a terrorist plot to take over the government.
The Phineas Macguire series follows the adventures of a young scientist as he erupts, gets slimed, blasts off and gets cooking.
If you’re looking for non-fiction books with science experiments, visit J 507.8 where we have plenty of books with science fair project ideas or just DIY fun.
See you at What’s Up Wednesday!
∼ Ann McDuffie, youth services librarian, Bealeton branch library