Technology

STEAM Sites

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.  Check out the sites below to explore these fascinating subjects.  There are interesting facts to discover and fun games to try out.  General grade-range recommendations are provided for each site, but you may find useful info and entertaining activities on sites outside of your grade level as well.

General STEAM sites

Career Aisle Elementary and Middle School: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
(Elementary & Junior High) Want to get a job some day in a STEM field?  Explore career opportunities here.

Fraboom
(Elementary) Explore a virtual museum with games, shows, and live interactions. 

Girls in STEM
(Upper Elementary - Junior High) Explore this guide (primarily for middle school girls but useful to others) that includes STEM sites, books, and organizations.

Wonderopolis
(Elementary - High School) Engage your curiosity and imagination about STEM and other subjects through a variety of media.

Frozen characters and Angry Birds encourage kids to learn coding!

Frozen on CODE.orgFrozen's Anna and Elsa lend a hand in teaching children how to code!

Join CODE.org in allowing every student the opportunity to learn about computer science and coding.
 

Angry birds is also an option for older kids or adults.

There is an initiative to complete one hour of free coding lessons in order to raise the level of somputer science fluency for kids. There is a push to teach computer science in the classroom to ensure that children are getting the best chance possible to succeed. Please visit CODE.org to sign up and try a lesson today!

What We're Reading: November, 2014

An event in autumn by Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson.  Fans of Mankell's Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander, will enjoy this story set just before Wallander's final case. 

The teacher wars: a history of America's most embattled profession by Dana Goldstein.  Everyone has an opinion about America's public schools and the responsibility of its' teachers. Would you be surprised to learn teachers have been similarly embattled for nearly two centuries?

A share in death by Deborah Crombie. This is the first in Crombie's long running Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series.  It's been on my To Read list for awhile and I thought it's time had come. Nominated for an Agatha Award.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Are you doing all you can to stay safe online? Visit the National Cyber Security Alliance's StaySafeOnline.org website to learn more about what you can do to keep your information, your computer, and your money safe as you use the internet. There are also great tips for parents and business owners on avoiding online threats.

Get eLectrified! with emedia services

The emedia link on our website offers numerous options toget eLectrified for the summer. You can earn a Connect Your Summer eLectrified badge by reading abook, swiping through a magazine, downloading music or streaming TV shows andmovies, all on your device and free through one of our emedia subscriptions. Each app operates on the Kindle Fire, the iPad/iPhone and any Android device (other devices may vary). Take a moment and sign-up for:

hoopla (TV, movies, music, audiobooks)
Overdrive (eBooks andaudiobooks) 
Zinio (magazines).

Get eLectrified today!

Creative Sites for Summer

Explore your creativity online.


The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles

Learn about elements of art and try your hand at creating some art of your own.

Create shapes and patterns that mingle with sound (see image at right).

See how fierce you can make your own roller coaster. Links to other activities.

Get creative with items from your pantry and make some concoctions that have nothing to do with food.

Try your hand at different puzzles.

TV shows about science… Or, if you like Cosmos…

The new Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson just wrapped up, so here are some suggestions for you to get your astrophysical fix.

Cosmos. Episode I [videodisc]: a personal journey by Cosmos Studios

What makes us human? [videodisc] by PBS

A brief history of time [videodisc] by directed by Errol Morris

400 years of the telescope [videodisc]: a journey of science, technology and thought by producer and director, Kris Koenig

The inexplicable universe [videodisc]: unsolved mysteries by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Build Your Own Minecraft Server

At this program, brought to our library by Kidpreneur, kids aged 9-13 will learn how to build, maintain and update their own Minecraft server. They will focus on building a server by installing a GUI and configuring port forwarding on modem; learn administrator/OP commands like white list, banning users, giving items and more; updating the server and adding important plugins. No coding skill is required. All attendees must bring their own PC/Mac laptop and have an active Minecraft account. This program takes place on Saturday, July 12 from 10:00AM - 1:00PM. Registration for this program begins on May 29.   

Kidpreneur offers an environment for learning skills in coding, robotics, web design and more that is taught by top practitioners with real-world experience. By providing a space that encourages entrepreneurship, mentoring young thinkers, and collaboration, Kidpreneur cultivates a community of like-minded kids united by common goals, similar interests, and the occassional gaming challenges.

Robotics Information Session

Parents and kids grades 4-8 (for 2014-15) are welcome and encouraged to attend an information and demonstration session about FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge. East Middle School robotics teams and student built robots will be available for demonstration.

FIRST – For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is designed to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders. It combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

Come and learn how you can participate in these FIRST fun and educational activities.

Event Information: Thursday, June 12 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Community Room

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