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.

Little Makers - Construction Junction

Date: 
Tuesday, September 15, 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

Today we will: use a variety of building material to build structure and create architectural creations.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED, MAXIMUM 10
FOR AGES 4-6 years old

Preschool Storytime

Date: 
Tuesday, September 15, 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.

Preschool Storytime

Date: 
Wednesday, September 16, 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 16, 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 16, 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.

Explorer's Club! (ages 5-8): Let's Explore Electricity!

Date: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Age Group: 
We're exploring electricity! Join us for this special 2 week club as we learn about circuits. What is electricity? Where is it found? How is it made? Find out all of this and more. Create and understand electricity using Snap Circuits and Squishy Circuits. Ages 5-8

STEM Lab: Open Hour Drop-In Play

Date: 
Wednesday, September 16, 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

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