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.

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

Date: 
Monday, August 31, 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: Hearts Among the Stars

Date: 
Monday, August 31, 2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm
How does your heart work? What happens to your heart and your circulatory system when you go to space? Learn about the ways that astronauts' hears work while their "hearts are among the stars" in this exciting presentation by Dr. Tiziana Cavinato, Assistant Professor of Biology and Health Professions Advisor at Hood College.

Little Makers - Animal Inventions

Date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Little Makers invites families with young children to tinker, design and create together. We will be exposed to STEM concepts, explore new materials and tools, and encourage the creative process as we make a project to take home. Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your little maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can be splattered with things like paint, ink and glue. FOR AGES 4-6

Preschool Storytime

Date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 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 - Search and Rescue Dogs

Date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Meet a real HERO, a Rescue Dog. This member of Search and Rescue Teams has the important job of finding you if you become lost in the wild. Hear his story and what to do if you get lost. For ages 6-11 with an adult.

Preschool Storytime

Date: 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 10:05am to 10:35am
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.

Preschool Storytime

Date: 
Wednesday, September 2, 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.

Preschool Storytime

Date: 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:15am to 11:45am
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.

MinecraftEDU Meetup

Date: 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Explore the world of MinecraftEDU during our bi-weekly Minecraft program! The library will provide several laptops for participants to use. If you wish, you can also bring your own device that you already play Minecraft on. Ages 6-12. *No session on September 16 and November 11.*

STEM Lab: Open Hour Drop-In Play

Date: 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Stop by the Urbana Library Small Conference Room from 4-5pm on most Wednesdays to create and explore in the STEM Lab. Those younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult. *Ages preschool-18* Each month, we will highlight materials and instruments around a theme. September - Structures October - Electricity November - Technology

Preschool Storytime

Date: 
Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:05am to 10:35am
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.

Preschool Storytime

Date: 
Thursday, September 3, 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.

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