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STEAM Saturdays: HalloSTEAM

STEAM Saturdays: HalloSTEAM

Published: October 15, 2021

There’s nothing like a little rocket science to add some excitement to STEAM Saturdays! If you think ghosts are cool (even if they’re a little spooky) and rockets are fun, then you don’t want to miss out on making ghost bottle rockets.

This spookier side of science program will take place on Saturday, October 23 at 3 pm at the St. Stephens Branch Library. Kids will learn about systems of thrust, which is what a real rocket (and maybe even ghosts) uses to move through space and the earth’s atmosphere. Of course, rockets use rocket fuel for blast off but we’ll be using Alka-Seltzer tablets - it is sure to be out of this world fun!

Make sure to register at or call 828-466-6821 as materials are limited. Kids of all ages welcome, but children younger than 7 may need parental assistance.

Want to learn more? Check out these books from your local library. 

Explore the many different kinds of spacecraft in use today.The Science of Engineering series feature different forms of architecture and transport engineering. Features include funny and interesting illustrations; real-world science examples; side panels to tackle complex subject matter in a fun and relevant way; detailed glossary and more.This fascinating guide explores the many different kinds of spacecraft in use today, from the artificial satellites that orbit Earth to the probes that explore the furthest reaches of our solar system. It covers how they are built, how they navigate and communicate, and what operations they perform as they travel through their airless environment.
Have you always wanted to launch a rocket?  Do you want to find out how? Just follow the  simple steps inside this book.


The most futuristic of humankind's inventions is also one of the oldest. Author Ron Miller tells the story of rockets, from their humble beginnings as toys one thousand years ago to their initiation as fearsome weapons of war. Most recently, rockets have enabled human beings to escape the bonds of Earth, travel into space, and explore other worlds. This is a story of great geniuses, personal sacrifices, and grand adventure.