A Growing STEM

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STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—and the STEM approach to teaching and learning has been a hot topic in education circles for a number of years. Integrating the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and math begins as early as preschool, launching students on a pathway of learning that focuses on logical reasoning, critical thinking, collaboration, and investigation. The goal of STEM education is to prepare students for post-secondary study and the 21st-century global workforce.

FCPL already supports STEM through our collections and programs but is increasing the emphasis on STEM to meet the needs of area students and to support the goals of local and statewide education initiatives.

Weather Forecasting

Date: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Age Group: 
Are you a budding meteorologist? Join us for this three week program and learn about weather temperature changes, precipitation, wind direction, and barometric air pressure. Create your own rain gauge, anemometer and barometer and record all your data in your own weather journal. Registration required. MUST attend all three weeks. Ages 8-11

Let it Rot! A Composting Workshop for Families

Date: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Let it Rot! A Composting Workshop for Families – Did you know that banana peels can make your roses more beautiful? It’s not a magic trick, it’s compost! Join Annmarie Creamer from the Frederick County Department of Solid Waste Management for a fun family program that looks at the wonders of composting at home. For ages 5 & up with an adult, registration required.

Preschool Storytime

Date: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Early literacy begins with you! Help your preschooler develop the five early literacy practices that every child needs to succeed. Nurture a love of reading through books, music, activities, and Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) elements.

3, 2, 1, SUGO!

Date: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Age Group: 
What is SUGO? Sumo wrestling for LEGO® robots! Learn how to customize LEGO® NXT robots and challenge other builders in a SUGO match with members of the RoboRangers 4-H Club.

This STEM program is for children entering kindergarten through grade 3. Registration required.

Think with BINK: A Fort Detrick Alliance STEM Program for Kids (Grades 1-5)

Date: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:00pm
Age Group: 
How on earth are sick caterpillars connected to the flu shot?

In the early 1980's scientists at Texas A&M University developed a virus-based system to produce recombinant proteins using cells from the Fall Army Worm. The system has grown over the past decades to become one of the most powerful tools used in the development of new drugs and vaccines today. Explore the world of recombinant DNA technology and how it is used to create and produce vaccines that protect us against disease with Chris Kemp, President of Kempbio, Inc.

Come meet the EmPOWER Rangers!

Date: 
Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 6:00pm to 6:55pm
The EmPOWER Rangers each represent a form of energy we get our electricity from in Maryland. During this presentation you will meet all of the EmPOWER Rangers and learn about their energy sources. Parents will also learn about the EmPOWER Maryland program which can reduce energy in the home and keep money in your pockets!

Wildlife Ambassadors: Amazing Animals

Date: 
Friday, July 10, 2015 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Come for a unique and amazing experience that introduces you to animals from around the world as well as those that live in our own backyards. Find out how animals survive, raise their young and live in their unique habitats.

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