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.



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!



  • 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”


  • 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 (?)


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.



Angry Birds


Magic tricks (science?)



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


One thought on “STEAM Programming

  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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