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.

GSK Science in the Summer™: Chemistry Level I

Date: 
Monday, July 13, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Age Group: 
GSK Science in the Summer™ will introduce students to Chemistry through interesting investigations that will allow them to explore physical and chemical changes, learn about "matter," make crystals, and determine if liquids are acids, bases, or neutrals. The four-hour program is held over two days. This is a free and fun experiment-oriented course taught by certified teachers to 15 students entering second and third grades.

GSK Science in the Summer™: Chemistry Level II

Date: 
Monday, July 13, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Age Group: 
GSK Science in the Summer™ will introduce students to Chemistry through interesting investigations that will allow them to explore physical and chemical changes, learn about "matter," make crystals, and determine if liquids are acids, bases, or neutrals. The four-hour program is held over two days. This is a free and fun experiment-oriented course taught by certified teachers to 15 students entering fourth through sixth grades.

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

Date: 
Monday, July 13, 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.

GSK Science in the Summer™: Chemistry Level I

Date: 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Age Group: 
GSK Science in the Summer™ will introduce students to Chemistry through interesting investigations that will allow them to explore physical and chemical changes, learn about "matter," make crystals, and determine if liquids are acids, bases, or neutrals. The four-hour program is held over two days. This is a free and fun experiment-oriented course taught by certified teachers to 15 students entering second and third grades.

Weather Forecasting

Date: 
Tuesday, July 14, 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

GSK Science in the Summer™: Chemistry Level II

Date: 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Age Group: 
GSK Science in the Summer™ will introduce students to Chemistry through interesting investigations that will allow them to explore physical and chemical changes, learn about "matter," make crystals, and determine if liquids are acids, bases, or neutrals. The four-hour program is held over two days. This is a free and fun experiment-oriented course taught by certified teachers to 15 students entering fourth through sixth grades.

Preschool Storytime

Date: 
Wednesday, July 15, 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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