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.

Upcoming Events

Preschool Science Fair (ages 3-6)

Date: 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Calling all future scientists...join us for a afternoon of experiments and discoveries. Use all of your senses as you make predictions and observations. Be ready to get your hands dirty and have some fun. Ages 3-6, with an adult.

Petite Playgroup at the Library!

Date: 
Wednesday, May 28, 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.

Preschool Science Fair (ages 3-6)

Date: 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Calling all future scientists...join us for a afternoon of experiments and discoveries. Use all of your senses as you make predictions and observations. Be ready to get your hands dirty and have some fun. Ages 3-6, with an adult.

Science Under the Stars

Date: 
Tuesday, June 3, 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, June 4, 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.

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

Date: 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Age Group: 
What do Legos, milk jugs, Rainbow Loom bracelets, sandwich bags, and chewing gum all have in common? They are all made of polymers! Polymers are groups of molecules that are connected to create something tangible (something you can touch.) They may be solid, squishy, sticky, bendable, or anything else you can think of. While many polymers are manmade, some occur naturally, as in the juice of rubber or aloe plants. Join us as we have fun exploring—and making—polymers!

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