STEM

  • Citizen Scientist 

    April is Citizen Science month, and this year April is also a month of social distancing and isolation. However, just because you’re home doesn’t mean you can’t contribute to ongoing scientific research.

    You, yes YOU, can be actively engaged in real scientific research without even leaving your house. So, consider pausing your book/movie/TV/game binge for a short time to take part in a project seeking the help of regular citizens like you.

    Projects available for a variety of ages, interests, and skill levels can be found at SciStarter.org, just click onProject Finder to see what projects are currently available. Even with little to no prior knowledge, citizen scientists engage in real data collection, data analysis, and other steps of the scientific process.

    I had fun helping scientists by reviewing images of galaxies in the AstroQuest project, and classifying animals in photos for the Snapshot Safari project. Take a look at the projects and see if there’s one that appeals to you!

    Just because April is Citizen Science Month there’s no reason to stop being a scientist after that. Check out these books to learn more about being engaged as a citizen scientist:

    4.22 Citizen ScientistsCITIZEN SCIENTISTS: BE A PART OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY FROM YOUR OWN BACKYARD
    By Loree Griffin Burns
    (2012)

    Whether it’s sweeping the grass for ladybugs, counting woodpeckers, or listening to frogs, there are a variety of ways even young people can get involved in science by just going outside. Full of beautiful photographs and easy at home research projects, this book is a great way to introduce children to, and actively engage them in, real scientific research.

     

    4.22 The Field Guide to Citizen ScienceTHE FIELD GUIDE TO CITIZEN SCIENCE: HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE 
    By Darlene Cavalier
    (2020)

    For teens and adults, find here everything you need to contribute to breakthroughs in things like climate change, Alzheimer’s disease, endangered species, and more. In this book alone, there are 50 project options to match citizen scientists with their own personal interests and time constraints.

     
  • discovery kits senior

     

    Dis-cov-er-ies: the act or an instance of discovering; something found or learned of for the first time.        

    Children are curious and have a desire to explore the world around them. Remember how the world was when you were young and discovering everything for the first time?  The desire to learn and explore the world is there and it grows as children of all ages have positive learning experiences. Our encouragement can help them discover the world around them.

    If you choose to give discovery learning a try we have discovery kits at the library that can help in the learning process. Each kit can be checked out and used as a resource with books, toys, and a binder full of ideas that you can use to make learning a fun interactive experience. The kits range from junior kits, for children ages 0-2, discovery kits, for children ages 3-5, and senior discovery kits, for children ages 6-12. The senior kits are new to our collection and they have much to offer in the field of discovery and education. These kits are focused on science with an emphasis on STEAM and STEM learning activities.            

    Each kit comes with a book that focuses on the subject as well as a toy and binder with more ideas to help explore the topic. You are then free to experiment and then approach the topic with problem-based learning. Discovery learning happens when a child draws on their own experiences and knowledge through exploration. When they discover facts for themselves, they are more likely to remember what they have learned and the learning experience is more rewarding for them as well.           

    So, take a look at the discovery kits we have to offer and check one out for your learning and enjoyment. You won’t be disappointed.

     

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  • Kid Explore Nature Science 

    Have you ever heard, “I’m bored!” or, “There’s nothing to do.” I dread hearing those words and I have heard them many times at my house. Keeping our kids happy and occupied is our goal as parents or caregivers but it’s not always an easy job. Here are a few tips and tricks as well as some resources you can use to keep your kids engaged during the summer. 

    Make challenges at home using stuff you have lying around like, a plastic cup tower, or a structure made with index cards and tape.  If you gather supplies from around your house and keep them on hand, when you hear the, “I’m bored!” statement, you can encourage your children to build or experiment with the items they find in your supply box. You might be surprised at what they can create and the fun they can have while doing it. If you need ideas for projects or challenges, here is a list of books with ideas to keep the fun going all summer long. 

    6.22 Curious Creatable CreaturesCURIOUS CREATABLE CREATURES: 22 STEAM PROJECTS THAT MAGNETIZE, GLIDE, SLINGSHOT, AND SOMETIMES SCOOTCH
    By Sam Haynor
    (2019)

    Experiment and learn as you create creatures that bubble, honk, and light up. This book will guide you step by step as you create some monstrous fun. 

     

    6.22 Moana Idea LabMOANA IDEA LAB
    By Niki Ahrens
    (2020)

    Make crafts, projects, and activities like glowing water or an island in a jar with a STEAM approach that is based on the Disney Movie Moana.  

     

    6.22 Cooking with SteamCOOKING WITH STEAM
    By Annette Gulati
    (2019)

    Learn to cook some simple recipes like yummy eggs and Fizzy-licious lemonade while doing some science. 

     

    6.22 Mason Jar ScientistMASON JAR SCIENTIST: 30 JARRING STEAM-BASED PROJECTS
    By Brenda Priddy
    (2018)

    Create some fun experiments from plants and biomes, earth and space science, to chemical reactions, all in a mason jar. Great hands-on experiments based on STEAM activities.