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, July 2, 2015 - 10:15am to 10:45am
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: 
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
3, 2, 1, SUGO! - Learn how to customize Lego NXT robots and challenge other builders in a SUGO match with members of the RoboRangers 4-H Club. What is SUGO? SUmo wrestling for LeGO robots. This is a STEM program geared to grades K-3. Registration required.

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

Date: 
Monday, July 6, 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.

Think with BINK: Engineering 3D Tissues and Organs from Stem Cells

Date: 
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Did you know that STEM cells isolated from seaweed can be used to make food? Learn more about manufactured organs and tissues in this presentation by Dr. Jon Rowley, Ph.D., Chief Executive & Technology Officer for RoosterBio, Inc.

Take the Robotic Challenge!

Date: 
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Take the Lego Robotic Challenge - 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.

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.

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