Notes from: STE(A)M Programming in the Library

Notes from STE(A)M programming in the library

(taken by Amy Laughlin, Children’s Librarian, Darien Library)

legoplayE line stem video game challenge (

Brooklyn Public: Hunger games minecraft design program

Do you try and tie your STEAM programming into literature?

Some tie art programs in, but have not yet attempted to do that with STEM programs.

Book: “water boy” — things going down the drain

Technology program that tied into the hunger games

Letter boxing program

Geocaching program (way to teach history and science)

Caches found in prospect park, Brooklyn – great way to teach history of your city/town

Playing with QR codes in the library?

Display of QR codes that leads kids to the book trailers – but this can polarize patrons that don’t have smart phones and can’t participate

Scavenger hunt with QR codes

Kids making podcasts of books – QR codes lead you to them

Curriculum for scratch program from Ireland (

Mini hack jam at Brooklyn Public

Hack a Saurus (Mozilla product) can take a website apart (

Connected learning

Story walk : take a picture book, dismantle it, put it on posts, and have child walk through and read the story with a caregiver

Do a story walk at a local park – keep the book pages up (two copies of book, front and back, book has to be dismantling) for about two months [Always collaborate with the parks and rec department to put something up in the park]

Celebrating black history month – using a book walk in the library to have something up for the entire month

Ways to make it more interactive – have a way to collaborate online before or after the bookwalk

Take a story line and do a rewrite of it to make a program tie into either a book or a piece of literature

City of the future – turn pieces of material into houses, campgrounds, water, etc – almost like a diorama

Drop in stem programming : PBS fetch science programs []

Making a kaleidoscope with transparency film, paper towel tubes, etc Wanted to make adults and caregivers feel like they had more power, which is why the programs are drop-in, not led by librarians

Index card, straw, mints: make a car (

Drop-in STEAM Programs bring in a lot of fathers and their kids

Make programs have a large block of time so that people can drop in whenever they want and play

Lego skeeball : made with a cardboard piece cut to look like a skee ball hole

Read! Build! Play! manual by ALA (

Pick up Legos with a straw and put them into a cup (a minute to win it)

Use carpet sample squares instead of Lego platters to build Lego structures on

Create a Lego program based off a theme from a book

Have a display of kids collections up for a month – let patrons keep their personal collections up for 1 month (ex. Erasers, cups, figurines, etc)


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