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.

Green Thumb Family Gardening Club

Date: 
Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Age Group: 
An Emmitsburg Community Garden and Library Project, this club is intended for families with kids ages 4 and up who want to learn about growing food in a community garden. Everyone will get to plant, water and weed as well as make garden crafts, hear stories at the garden and much more. Visits to the garden are part of every meeting.

Club dates are:
April 5 – Growing Fun in the Garden: Planning and planting starter plants and plus our first visit the see the garden.

Science Under the Stars

Date: 
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Fizz Boom Science Experiments - every week a different experiment - this is a very hands on program, so come prepared to get messy, get dirty, get creative! We'll build, take apart, examine, play and discover. Ages 6-11, please register weekly to assure for adequate supplies.

Petite Playgroup at the Library!

Date: 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Enjoy an hour of independent play during which you and your child can socialize with other parents, caregivers and children! Each playgroup will start with 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs led by your friendly children's librarian. The library will provide the space and a variety of educational toys to explore and share! For ages 0-3.

2 o'clock STEM Wednesdays

Date: 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Join us Wednesdays for this nine-week series to see fun, fast, and amazing STEMonstrations. Get ready: there may be an opportunity for hands-on experimentation!
On June 25 (Egg Drop Challenge), July 23 (Bottle Rocket Challenge), and August 20 (Slingshot Challenge), we will have special STEMsational Challenges. Contact the library for more information and to register for these three events.

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

Date: 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm
Age Group: 
Have you ever wondered about the bugs that you often see in your backyard, at the playground, or in the park? Do you know which ones are potentially harmful? Which are harmless? Which bugs are beneficial to the environment? How about which bugs might be harmful to the environment? Please stop by to learn the answers to these questions and more in this informative presentation on backyard bugs.

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