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.

*August* STEM Club for 6-8 year olds

Date: 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Age Group: 
Join us for our fun STEM Club! In this club, we will explore the STEM concept, making creative and innovative projects and participating in various fun STEM-related challenges! *6-8 years old* *Registration Required*

*August* STEM Club for 9-12 year olds

Date: 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 5:00pm to 5:45pm
Age Group: 
Join us for our fun STEM Club! In this club, we will explore the STEM concept, making creative and innovative projects and participating in various fun STEM-related challenges! *9-12 years old* *Registration Required*

Think with BINK: A Fort Detrick Alliance STEM Program for Kids (grades 1-5)

Date: 
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm
A visiting scientist from the Fort Detrick Alliance will teach us all about STEM each month!

August Theme: Backyard Bugs
Have you ever wondered about the bugs that you often see in your backyard, at the playground, or in the park? Do you know which ones are potentially harmful? Which are harmless? Which bugs are beneficial to the environment? How about which bugs might be harmful to the environment? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this informative presentation on backyard bugs.

Science Under the Stars

Date: 
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Fizz Boom Science Experiments - every week a different experiment - this is a very hands on program, so come prepared to get messy, get dirty, get creative! We'll build, take apart, examine, play and discover. Ages 6-11, please register weekly to assure for adequate supplies.

Petite Playgroup at the Library!

Date: 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Enjoy an hour of independent play during which you and your child can socialize with other parents, caregivers and children! Each playgroup will start with 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs led by your friendly children's librarian. The library will provide the space and a variety of educational toys to explore and share! For ages 0-3.

2 o'clock STEM Wednesdays

Date: 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Join us Wednesdays for this nine-week series to see fun, fast, and amazing STEMonstrations. Get ready: there may be an opportunity for hands-on experimentation!
On June 25 (Egg Drop Challenge), July 23 (Bottle Rocket Challenge), and August 20 (Slingshot Challenge), we will have special STEMsational Challenges. Contact the library for more information and to register for these three events.

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