Science

Celebrate the great outdoors with a visit to the Friends' Wings of Wonder butterfly garden behind the library. Grab a scavenger hunt sheet from the Connect Your Summer command center and look for the plants and landmarks pictured. If you want to try your hand at identifying the plants or animals you see, resources for identifying Michigan species are listed below.

Claim your Great Outdoors On-the-Scene badge online and don't forget to submit your completed scavenger hunt sheet in the drop box. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The final day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

A handbook which features a black-and-white sketch of 40-50 animal tracks on a right-hand page, with information about the animal on the facing page.

Rocket Robotics Workshop

Rocket Robotics is a four day beginning robotics class targeted to kids aged 9-12 unfamiliar with EV3 robotics. The goal is to introduce young kids to the field of STEM and introduce them to the FIRST Lego League (FLL) program. This workshop will teach kids from a completely different point of view. Run by high schoolers, the students will have more of a peer connection with their instructors and ultimately learn more and have more fun! All six instructors have formerly participated in the popular robotics program for four or more years as well as competed internationally with the program. With this experience level they will offer a very comprehensive introduction to robotics, not only teaching mechanical design and programming but also teamwork, presentation skills, and the brainstorming process. In order to participate, students will need to bring their own laptop AND a lunch each day of the program. The workshop is cumulative. Please register ONLY if you are planning on attending all four sessions. Registration for the 4 day workshop begins on July 26.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution.

Long before the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf, BP was widely viewed as a company that valued deal-making and savvy marketing over safety, a ''serial environmental criminal'' that left behind a long trail of problems, deadly accidents, disastrous spills, countless safety violations, which many now believe should have triggered action by federal regulators.

Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling fresh water supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Will ours too?

In 2009, filmmaker Josh Fox learned his land was on top of the Marcellus Shale, a giant reservoir of natural gas, and that he would be paid to lease his land for natural gas extraction. Fox documented his cross-country trek to find out if the controversial process of hydraulic fracking is actually safe. What he unearthed was a shocking discovery about a practice that is understudied and inadequately regulated, and raced to find answers about fracking before it was too late.

Explores the most extraordinary places on the planet and how their environments shape the lives of those who live there. From Mount Everest's Khumbu Icefall to the Amazon to the Grand Canyon, visit six continents to learn how these natural wonders evolved and hear the rarely told stories about the challenges their inhabitants face.

Explores the wild and exotic places around the world that people call home; included are old forests, glaciers, snow capped mountains, tropical jungles, deserts, beaches and more.

A breathtaking journey through the exotic, surreal and dramatic natural environment of Australia.

Shuttle mission astronauts filmed this documentary on the forces affecting Earth's fragile ecological balance.

Celebrate Earth Day 2016 by planting a tree! Why? They combat climate change by absorbing excess CO2 from the atmosphere, and help us breathe clean air by absorbing odors and pollutant gases.  And they're beautiful to look at!

Planting with trees by Andrew McIndoe

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

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Saturday STEM: Projectiles

Children in ages 7-10 interested in science, technology, engineering and math will learn something new each month in a STEM topic. This month, test your engineering skills assembling catapults. Let's see which one can make a projectile fly the farthest, the highest, and the longest. Registration is required and begins June 24th.

Image of Popsicle Stick Catapult is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

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Saturday STEM: Maps

Children in ages 7-10 interested in science, technology, engineering and math will learn something new each month in a STEM topic. In honor of National Trails Day, our focus will be geography. Learn about longitude and latitude, how to read a map, and navigate. Registration begins May 24.

Image of Child with Globe is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Canton Public Library has a large selection of interesting and entertaining documentary films.

Morgan Spurlock brings a comedic documentary about branding, advertising, and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising, and product placement. Special features: commentary, featurettes, and more.

Explores how environmental factors have influenced human history and civilizations from ancient times through the present day.

"For the past 35 years 12,000 people on 430 teams have come to Stevens Point, Wisconsin for The World's biggest Trivia Contest. Clustered together in basements, garages and converted storefronts for 54 straight hours..." 

The Canton Public Library has partnered with the University of Michigan’s Technical Communications department to bring a series of fun and exciting STEM workshops to the library. These workshops will present a wide range of topics in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. Each session has been designed and developed for kids aged 11 – 13 by engineering students at the university. Registration is required for each session.

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