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

Here Comes Catoctin Zoo!

Date: 
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
The zoo is coming to your library! Join the animal experts from the Catoctin Zoo as they share their knowledge and their live animals with you. You’ll find out what like is like behind the scenes of a zoo. You don't want to miss it.

Here Comes Catoctin Zoo!

Date: 
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm
The zoo is coming to your library! Join the animal experts from the Catoctin Zoo as they share their knowledge and their live animals with you. You’ll find out what like is like behind the scenes of a zoo. You don't want to miss it.

Science Under the Stars

Date: 
Tuesday, July 15, 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, July 16, 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, July 16, 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.

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

Date: 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Age Group: 
Do you know that the average speed of growth of your bones is 2 inches per year at eight years old? And that even after you reach the adult age your bones are continually remodeled, for example, the head of the femur is replaced about every four months! Do you know that Astronauts lose about 1% of their bones per week when in space? Genes, nutrition and exercise are important factors that influence the development of our bones. In this meeting we will explore these factors and what happens to the astronauts’ skeleton in the absence of gravity.

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