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.

Preschool Storytime

Date: 
Thursday, January 22, 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.

Pop-Up Lab - Hands-on Science for Kids!

Date: 
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Urbana Library presents the Pop-Up Lab! When school is closed, the library is open! Join us from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Each Pop-Up Lab will feature a new, self-guided activity for kids to enjoy on their day off. No registration required. Jan. 26 - Ink Pen Chromatography; Feb. 13 - Vintage Tech Lab; Feb. 16 - Cup Architecture; April 2 - Friendship Bracelets; April 3 - Tangram Art

Computer Coding 101

Date: 
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 2:30pm to 3:25pm
Behind every computer game or app there is someone who wrote the code that made it all work. Join us for an hour of very beginning computer programming concepts and games and team up with others to test your skills in the language of computers. No previous coding skills needed. Ages 8-12.

Math for Bookworms

Date: 
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Age Group: 
No matter what the elementary math topic- addition, subtraction, ratio and proportion, geometry or probability, there seems to a children's book about it! Join us as we explore a new topic each month. Pre-reading of the title is not required. Ages 7-11 Registration Required
Jan 26th- The Action of Subtraction

Monday Playgroup at the Library! (ages 0-3)

Date: 
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Enjoy an hour and a half of independent play during which you and your child can socialize with other parents, caregivers and children! The library will provide the space and a variety of educational toys to explore and share! For ages 0-3.

Preschool Storytime

Date: 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm
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.

Science at Sundown

Date: 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Age Group: 
Story Based Science ... can you build a better house than the Three Little Pigs? Rescue Rapunzel from her tower? Join teachers from local elementary schools as guest readers then stay to problem solve the science inside the books. Bring your imaginations and creativity. Check Walkersville Branch for the schedule of guest readers.

Preschool Storytime

Date: 
Wednesday, January 28, 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.

*January* STEM Club for 3-5 year olds

Date: 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Join us for our fun STEM Club. In this club we will explore the STEM concept, making creative, innovative projects based around various fun STEM-related challenges. *3-5 years old*

Take the Lego Robotic Challenge!

Date: 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Age Group: 
Lego NXT robots feature a friendly code that tweens can understand. Join members of the RoboRangers 4-H Club as they work in small groups with participants to program a robot to run a specific mission. This is a STEM program geared toward children in 4th and 5th grades. Registration required.

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