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Looking for STEAM program ideas, activities, experiments, and reading suggestions? Look no further! Selections by guest pinner Amy Koester (@amyeileenk)

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We’ve gotten some great new tools at the library, so this month Maker Monday was all about exploring circuits! First up: Makey Makeys. We have 6 Makey Makeys, and I hooked each up to a laptop… 6th Grade Science, Stem Science, The Wild Robot, Stem Projects For Kids, Lab Tech, 21st Century Learning, Coding For Kids, Library Lessons, Library Programs

Maker Monday: Circuits

We’ve gotten some great new tools at the library, so this month Maker Monday was all about exploring circuits! First up: Makey Makeys. We have 6 Makey Makeys, and I hooked each up to a laptop…

Do pulleys really help us to lift heavier loads? Today's Project: Pulleys Supplies: empty spools wooden dowels (or chopsticks or hef. Stem Activities, Learning Activities, Simple Machine Projects, Nexus Tablet, Elementary School Library, Library Organization, Simple Machines, Stem Challenges, Stem Projects

WonderWorks: Pulleys

Do pulleys really help us to lift heavier loads? Today's Project: Pulleys Supplies: empty spools wooden dowels (or chopsticks or hefty skewers...) buckets heavy things (blocks, books, bag of flour, etc.) rope or cord or string pulleys (a variety, from the hardware store) Today's book: The Monkey goes bananas / Bloom, C. P. (I'm actually fairly proud of this book as an option for pulleys. Here's a photo of the pulley action: subtle, but still totally there! Where I found inspiration (or "what…

Can WonderWorks be used for outreach visits? Today's Topic: Shapes Supplies: Geoboards Rubber bands Book: Shape up, pup! Steam Activities, Math Activities, Stem Steam, Simple Machines, Engineering, Neon Signs, Science, Technology, Young Children

WonderWorks on the Road: Geoboards

Can WonderWorks be used for outreach visits? Today's Topic: Shapes Supplies: Geoboards Rubber bands Book: Shape up, pup! / Heck, Edward Perfect square / Hall, Michael I'm not sure why it took me this long to realize that I could take my WonderWorks class to outreach visits to daycares, but this first visit was such a roaring success that it won't be my last time! I read several books about shapes, and then I brought out the geoboards. I gave a quick explanation of how they worked, then gave…

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STEAM Jr, Marshmallow Shooters, and Screaming Balloons!

The first STEAM JR (K-2) event of the fall is complete and a huge success! We did some fun hands on science experiments involving force and motion. I started by reading the book Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee. There is a lot of action in the book and the book actually mentioned that the roller coaster is pulled up the tracks. We had just discussed pushing and pulling as 2 forces, so bonus example! After our story, I showed the kids what we would be making as junior scientists. First up…

WonderWorks: The technology of thermometers : library makers Stem Science, Stem Activities, Kids House, Technology, Learning, Libraries, Kindergarten, Homeschool, Weather

WonderWorks: The technology of thermometers

How do we measure how hot or cold something is? Today's Topic: thermometers! Supplies: a variety of thermometers. I found some at the dollar store and at Big Lots and I e-mailed participants to ask if they could bring any thermometers they had at home that were appropriate for sharing (i.e. not germy medical thermometers). Ice cubes water pitchers hot water (I asked the coffee shop next door to make a carafe of hot water straws red chenille stems this printable thermometer Book: Temperature…

WonderWorks: Does it absorb? Library Center, Stem Science, Hands On Learning, Programming For Kids, School Resources, Stem Activities, Student Learning, Story Time, Middle School

WonderWorks: Does it absorb?

Let's learn about things that absorb and things that repel liquid! Today's Topic:Absorption Supplies: fabric scraps (various kinds) water containers to hold water water droppers (we also used baby-ibuprofen-type syringes) paper towels coffee filters foil waxed paper regular paper plastic wrap styrofoam plates paper plates sponges measuring cups and/or spoons Book: Maisy takes a bath / Cousins, Lucy This book was a bit of a stretch, but I've always loved the page where Maisy is standing at…

Fairytale STEM: Three Little Pigs Geometry (and Engineering) Geometry Activities, Library Activities, Toddler Learning Activities, Stem Activities, Fairy Tale Projects, Steam Learning, Kindergarten Themes, Fun Math Games, Three Little Pigs

Fairytale STEM: Three Little Pigs Geometry (and Engineering)

The book The Three Little Pigs, an Architectural Tale was the complete inspiration for this STEM program. We read the book together and then drew houses for the little pigs. We then discussed that…

Last month, we focused on apps that encourage play with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Steam Activities, Math Activities, Stem Science, Library Programs, Programming For Kids, Supper Club, Engineering, Apps, Young Children

The Supper Club: STEM Apps

Last month, we focused on apps that encourage play with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. There are a lot of my favorites in this bunch! August 2015 --Fun with STEAM: Math: Weigh the World by Ravensberger ($1.99, iOS only) Science: Toca Lab by Toca Boca ($2.99, iOS & Android) Engineering/Tech: The Everything Machine by Tinybop ($2.99, iOS) Science: This is my Body by urbn; pockets ($2.99 iOS) Math/Tech: Curious Ruler by Curious Hat (99c, iOS only) Math: GeoMatry by Fernando Pires…

4 Maker Programs for Preschoolers Children’s Librarian Holly Storck-Post brings STEAM, making and literature together with four preschool programs for preschoolers — happy making! Space Preschool, Space Activities, Preschool Science, Preschool Activities, Painting Activities, Process Art Preschool, Children Activities, Arte Elemental, Art For Kids

Little Makers: gravity painting

This fall I am starting a new preschool program, Little Makers, once a month on Saturday mornings. All of our preschool-only programs have been during the week, so I wanted another option for paren…

(I want to take this moment to thank Abby at Abby the Librarian immensely for her Preschool Lab Dinosaur science program where I got most of my ideas.) Today’s storytime began with another se… Science Activities For Toddlers, Preschool Science, Toddler Preschool, Steam Learning, Science Programs, Teen Programs, Library Science, Little Learners, Story Time

Discovery! Dino Science

(I want to take this moment to thank Abby at Abby the Librarian immensely for her Preschool Lab Dinosaur science program where I got most of my ideas.) Today’s storytime began with another se…

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Setting the Stage with Tech - ALSC Blog

The Summer Reading program this season has had a special place in the children’s department’s heart as we unanimously chose to go with a Lights! Camera! Action theme. We are a group of cineastes and Broadway enthusiasts, and were hoping to share our love of the big screen and stage to inspire some upcoming filmmakers, set designers, and makeup artists. Looking back on our programming this summer, technology had a huge presence in providing kids with an opportunity to explore various ways of…

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Apps alone: a NEW new media storytime

This was my last new media storytime of the summer (read about the first and second), and about the same time that I started really thinking about what I wanted to offer in the fall. After the less…