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This STEAM time will be all about colors. We used the ALSC blog for station ideas and will be modifying our stations from their presented program.
Station 1: Color Science Reading Station
This station will have a variety of books about the science behind magnets.
Station 2: Color Me Valentine
My birthday is on Valentine's Day and I found some really cool historical information surrounding the color history of Valentine's Day. We will have instructions with a mini color timeline and this station will revolve around two options: specific colors to make a valentine card or using a scratch heart board.
Station 3: Skittles Experiment
I found this station with the included worksheet on the PreKinders website. This station explores color mixing from Skittle candies being submerged in water. Kids record their findings on a nifty sheet.
Station 4: Color Space
I LOVE CREATING DARK SPACES! We surround a little cave area where kids can use flashlights and different color filters to explore light and color.
Caretakers/Parents LOVED the color history of Valentine's Day. One of my drop in grandparents told a story about how she works in an international office and realized that only the Americans celebrated this holiday and all of the American employees were sending Valentine's Day cards to their families overseas. I had a bigger crowd than usual which is good news! I've also attached some pictures from this STEAM time. Partial set-up and a few families that drifted in throughout the program.
Lego Mindstorms ev3
I love robotics! I love the possibility of robotics, but more importantly, I love the opportunities that robotics provides to library services. The teens I try to target for this program are kids of color and kids who may not have many tech opportunities. I love that robotics is currently trending in Michigan and it is a non-traditional library service that my library can help provide. I am really passionate about transliteracy in libraries and how that can foster teen engagement.
Drop-In Program Details
We will be using the tutorial guides from the book LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory, which has five robot build and programming instructions included.
Kids can choose to access these guides on a Kindle device or laptop. They can even free build. This service is a pilot to see how many kids will attend in the community during their winter break. We will also be offering a different type of robotic service for kids who just want to let their creativity reign, specifically, in hardware modules.
We have all different types of littleBit sets. I even have this awesome video of the kids at our Teen [Tech]Knowledgey Camp, designing pretty cool lights and sounds that play to the beat of your phone, as well as, changing when your phone receives alerts.
We are hoping to start drop-in programs in our other library branches. We even have this nifty checklist where kids can make sure they put all the pieces back.
There was a terrible ice storm that hit Monday and the library closed early. I wasn't able to host this program and have no results. If we reschedule, I will update you on the results.