STEM

 

If you enjoyed reading about Luciana Vega, the American Girl character who goes to Space Camp, you might be interested in these titles.

 

Fiction

I love you, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

In 1969, as her own family is falling apart, ten-year-old Mamie finds comfort in conducting a one-sided correspondence with the least famous astronaut heading toward the moon on Apollo 11.

Drop-In STEM

Looking for something to do over Spring Break? Come join us for Drop-In STEM on Thursday, April 5, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. We will have several stations with a variety of STEM topics for children to explore. Each station will have a hands on activity that participants will explore through problem solving, the scientific process, logic, and creativity. 

  • Recommended age is 6-10
  • No Registration
  • Supplies are first come first serve

 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

STEM Curiosity (previously STEM Saturday)

New name, same great program. Previously called STEM Saturday, children ages 7-10 interested in science, technology, engineering and math will learn something new each month in a STEM topic. Get introduced to concepts through presentations, active exploration, and creative projects. Registration Required.

  • February 22 - CANCELLED
  • March 22 - The Four Forces of Flight. Learn the basic physics of flight as we explore what makes it possible for things (including paper airplanes) to fly. Participants will conduct experiments and do activities that demonstrate the four forces at work. Registration begins on February 21st. 
  • May 12 - Plants.  Learn about Botany! We’ll examine the different parts of plants, learn about plant life cycles, photosynthesis, and more. You’ll leave the program understanding how to care for a plant - with your very own seed to sprout and grow! Registration begins on April 23rd.  

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, May 12 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Community Room

 

Hey Kids,

You might have heard a little something about the sun going dark on August 21. In honor of this amazing event, we have a few out-of-this-world programs coming up in August: a visit from a traveling planetarium (requires registration) and an eclipse viewing gathering (no registration necessary). To prepare for the big day you can also check out some books on this amazing phenomenon. For more information on viewing the eclipse safely, NASA has answers for you. Happy viewing!

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Provides trivia on the planets, the Sun, and other celestial bodies, including the temperature on the surface of the Sun, why Pluto is considered a dwarf planet, and when and where one can see the next total solar eclipse.

Saturday STEM

Children in ages 7-10 interested in science, technology, engineering and math will learn something new each month in a STEM topic. Get introduced to concepts through presentations, active exploration, and creative projects. Registration Required.

  • Saturday, December 16 - Statistics - What are the odds of a coin flipping up heads versus tails? A card pulled from a deck being red? Or a pair of dice coming up doubles? We'll play with odds and evens and everything in-between, and participants will walk away with a basic understanding of possibilities.  Registration is required and begins November 22.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

STEM Saturday: Bridges

Mackinaw Bridge at Night

Children in ages 7-10 interested in science, technology, engineering and math will learn something new each month in a STEM topic. This month, learn about bridges, how their structural supports function, and then work to design the strongest bridge out of household supplies. Registration is required.

Image of Mackinaw bridge at night by J Dykstra is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

STEM Saturday: Buoyancy

Children aged 7-10 years old, interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) will learn something new each month. Join us this month as we discuss and explore buoyancy. What floats, what doesn't, and why? Registration required and begins August 26th.

Image of floating boat by Rocky A is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Saturday STEM: Mining Rescue

Children in ages 7-10 interested in science, technology, engineering and math will learn something new each month in a STEM topic. Six years ago, a mining accident in Chile trapped 33 miners for over two months more than 2,000 feet underground. In 2002, nine miners were rescued from an Pennsylvania mine collapse. We'll be duplicating these real-world engineering scenarios and seeing who can rescue the trapped miners using their team's creation. Registration required and begins July 26th.

Image of Gold Mine by Andrew Kuznetsov is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

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