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STEAM Through November

STEAM Through November

Published: November 13, 2019

At the library, it’s full STEAM ahead this month! Certainly, it’s busy as the holidays approach, but there are lots of opportunities for children to get multidisciplinary lessons on a host of relevant topics.

STEAM, of course, is the strategy of teaching through many lens, including science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. All of these fields inform each other, and the technique helps students make meaningful connections about the world and then apply those connections to practical, real-life situations.

Just in time for family feasts, we’re inviting kids to participate in Edible Thanksgiving Science. School-age children will have the opportunity to turn cream into butter (perfect for bread on the big day!) and to conduct other holiday-themed science experiments. The workshop is designed for ages 7 and up; younger children will need to be assisted by an adult.

  • The session takes place at 5:30 pm on Monday, November 18 at the Southwest Branch Library in Mountain View.

Once kids have addressed food, we’re going to shift to entertainment. Our Library Arcade session capitalizes on youngsters’ love for video games and their curiosity about what makes gadgets tick. In the fun class, students will work with a team to learn the science behind electronic devices while they assemble a simple arcade game that can actually be played! The class is best suited for ages 10 and up. Registration required: 828.466.6821.

  • The session takes place at 6 pm on Monday, November 18 at the St. Stephens Branch Library.

Wrapping up the month’s STEAM extravaganza will be a program on Balloon Magic. Sure, they’re fun, but when you think about how they’re used, balloons are incredibly useful tools for science. In this program, we’ll explore what makes balloons stretchy, conduct experiments with them, and even create a balloon tower building! The class is designed for ages 6-12, but all are welcome.

  • The session takes place at 11 am on Saturday, November 23 at the Maiden Branch Library.