Oh no, STEAM Lab is tomorrow. For whatever reason, STEAM Lab is one of those programs that sneaks up on me. Other programs, I can devote months of meticulous planning to, but STEAM Lab often involves me wandering into our program supplies closet and going, “Welp, what can we make out of this crap?” For … More Recipe for a STEAM Lab: Boats!
Although I live and work in California’s Bay Area, where we only have three seasons (Rainy Season, Fire Season, and Everything Else Season), I love snow and winter, and I always feel a pull to incorporate some seasonal programming into the calendar at the library. However, I’m a big believer in No Religious Programming (yes, … More Recipe for a STEAM Lab: friction with sleds!
My favorite STEAM Labs are one that require only the smallest of set-ups, and almost no instructions. The fewer instructions you have to give, the freer the kids are to experiment and design without the structure of my preconceived ideas of how a project should go or what it should look like. A great example … More Recipe for a STEAM Lab: Parachutes!
I’m a California transplant, so earthquakes are terrifying things to me. Give me a tornado, a snow storm, or a rampaging pack of coyotes and I can deal (okay, maybe not that last one). But the feeling like the Earth is trying to forcible eject me from its back will just never be something I … More Recipe for a STEAM Lab: Earthquake-safe buildings
Kids love bubbles – we know this. But can bubbles open up a conversation about something more than who can pop them the fastest? Absolutely! For this STEAM Lab, we’re combine concepts of geometry and abstract reasoning with soapy, splashy fun! What you need: straws pipe cleaners scissors deep, clear containers (for holding bubble solution) … More Recipe for a STEAM Lab: Geometric bubbles