STEAM Programming

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) programming

“Program in a Box”

Living/Nonliving theme

 

For younger kids:

color mixing–all you need is red, blue, yellow paint. Intro. color wheel

If you don’t want to get messy, you can put the paint in ziplock bags.

 

Teens:

took old library books; recycled them. They made poetry by crossing out words in the text, with remaining words they created poetry.  (the “A” in STEAM)

 

Little kids: Mural

themes: oceans, land, sky, creatures

did book to match each portion

combined all to make a mural

arts & crafts – can be the A in STEAM; but connect it to some nonfiction in the collection and then…you’ve done [Common] Core!

 

Websites:

  • Science Bob 
  • — ideas for programs, e.g., film canister rockets (Alka Seltzer + water) (needs backyard).
  • use scientific vocabulary, e.g., gases, combustion.  Encompasses ages 6 – teens
  • sciencebob website sells film canisters, or you can get on amazon
  • or cvs store
  • Sciencekids materials, procedures
  • Science Flix — new subscription database from Scholastic, in BookFlix family
  • Bedtime Math program .  free.  encourages daily math every day, just like reading.
  • Fetch program, based on PBS show, grades 1-5.  has science activities.
  • Gamestar Mechanic: Game development program
  • Twine — digital “choose your own adventure”

Coding:

  • Year of Code
  • Scratch
  • Scratch, Jr. (new)
  • Daisy the Dinosaur (app)
  • Robot Turtles board game from ThinkFun. teaches coding to preschoolers (prereaders)


video of water sculpture (?)

Skype

librarian read book from home, then kids made a related craft in the library

Skype website

 

Toothbrush Robots you build yourself, put out by Maker Faire, done by teen program

talk about traction, problem-solving

 

“Art afternoons”, K-6, stations.  One derivative from a famous artist project, e.g., Mondrian, Monet.  Talk about artist.  Tie in biography.  New Horace Pippin bk.

Digital art; drawing on iPads

allow kids to take screenshots of their art; collect them in the photos on the iPad.

 

Phases of the Moon w. Oreos; lunar calendar; label them

 

Math:  Fibonacci sequence,

 

Board game building

 

Magnetic tabletop w. stick-on, movable magnetic shapes.  Very popular for building designs.

 

Games:

Angry Birds

 

Magic tricks (science?)

 

Books:

Story of Zero

Science is Simple

engineering book series from Crabtree

Sisson, Star Stuff, picture book bio of Carl Sagan

Molly Bang, Buried Light

Fibonacci sequence books:  Growing Patterns, Wild Fibonacci

 

Maximize your resources.  You don’t have to be an expert.  You can research kids’ questions with them.

Makerspace does not have to be a separate room.  Can be integrated into the whole library space.

 

Submitted by Cheryl Wolf

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  1. I just wanted to say that I did a Tween Craft program on Friday with bleeding tissue art and a hexagon paper punch, and I tied in books about secondary and tertiary colors (had to define “tertiary!”) and after we looked up the word roots of shapes – hexa, deca, octa, etc. It was awesome and totally STEM-Y!

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