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STEM based learning at Choo Choo Club!

  No doubt you’ve heard about the importance of STEM based learning for children.  STEM focuses on 4 disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These are all areas of learning that kids need to be comfortable with to excel in the future.  Exposing children at a young age to simple STEM concepts and activities sets the foundation for later higher learning.  At Choo Choo Club, the Library’s early literacy program for 3 - 5 year olds, children will participate in STEM based learning each week in addition to the weekly focus on 1 letter of the alphabet and literacy activities related to that letter.  Using specially designed kits children (with help from their parents) will complete scaled down, age appropriate lessons to introduce them to each of the 4 disciplines.  This past Thursday, the children completed activities using the balance scale.  They predicted which of 2 items would weigh the most and then placed them on the scale to see if they were correct.  They also used weights to balance objects and filled in a graph based on the color of the weight and amount they used.  Each activity concluded with answering some basic questions, such as:  which object was the heaviest?  or, which object did you have to use the most weights for? Choo Choo Club meets every Thursday at 1:30 pm.  Required registration begins 1 week in advance of each session by calling 832-559-4235. 

Curiosity Cruiser visits South Houston Branch

The Curiosity Cruiser will make a special stop at the South Houston Branch Library next Thursday, January 18 at 4:30 PM. The Curiosity Cruiser is Harris County Public Library's state-of-the-art mobile library and provides children with access to books and exciting educational programs. The Curiosity Cruiser will also bring a special NASA STEM program, so make sure to stop by the library next Thursday and see all that this wonderful mobile library has to offer!

For more information about this program please contact the branch at 832-927-5530.

The Curiosity Cruiser is Coming to Fairbanks

All preschoolers are invited to meet Houston's newest Superheros, Owlbotron and Northtale, at a special STEM based program. The Cruiser will be arriving at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, January 9. Check out www.curiositycruiser.com for more information about our new mobile library. For more information in general call 713-466-4438

STEM Time – Science of Milk and Cookies December 6th @ 5 PM [7+]

 Why are milk and cookies such an alluring combination?

Are there some magical properties of universe at play?

Join Mr. John in the Library Community Room on December 6th at 5 PM as he breaks down the basic chemical process of baking cookies and the magically delicious elements that make up milk.

Cookies and milk to be provided by the generosity of the Parker Williams Friends of the Library.

Creative Corner

Halloween is right around the corner and Idea Lab Kids is joining us for a not-too-spooky Halloween-themed STEM project!

This program is for grades 1-5 and kindergartners with an adult.

 

Date: Wednesday, October 18

Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Space is limited. Please arrive early to ensure participation.

Registration for after-school programs opens 30 minutes prior to the program.

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STEAM Camp: NASA Space Science

Have you ever gazed upon the moon and wondered it's secrets? Discover many of them on Monday, October 16 at 6pm in a special STEAM Camp: NASA Space Science Program when we will explore the phases of the moon and more! Activities include a Lunar Storytime, an Edible Moon Phase Craft, and we can even take your photo "on the moon" with a Greenscreen! Children's Area and Public Meeting Room. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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STEM Time – Amateur (HAM) Radio October 18th @ 5 PM [8+]

Have you ever wondered how far radio signals carry? Did you know that you can talk to the International Space Station with a handheld radio?

Learn interesting facts about radio waves, proper protocol for radio operators, and the laws and licenses required to operate an amateur (HAM) radio.

Join Mr. John, a real licensed radio operator, in the Parker Williams Branch Community Room at 5 PM to have a bit of radio Foxtrot Uniform November.

STEM Time – Brick Films September 20th @ 5 PM [8+]

 

 

Just in time for the new Lego Ninjago Movie, STEM Time is going Hollywood.

Utilizing the iPads we have available, we are going to create some Lego Movie-esque Brick Films.

Join us (and L-Lloyd) in the Library Community Room on September 20th at 5 PM for a lesson in film, technology, and fun. 

STEM Time – Introduction to 3D Printing August 16th @ 5 PM [8+]

3D printing has taken the library world by storm. For our August STEM Time, we are going to have an introduction to 3D printing.

Learn the basics of design and the applications of 3D printing on August 16th at 5 PM in the Library Community Room at the Parker Williams Branch Library.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Eclipse @ HCPL

One of the perks of living in the 21st century is that we know enough about how the solar system works that we do not need to worry much about the moon actually swallowing the sun during the upcoming solar eclipse. We can just sit back, strap on our certified safe eclipse-viewing glasses and enjoy the celestial show. In case you have not heard, on August 21, there will be a total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast. Here in the Houston area, we will not get the full monty, but it will still be pretty spectacular. It has been ninety-nine years since the last one. Several Harris County Public Library branches will be hosting viewing parties on Monday, August 21. Others have programs scheduled to get you ready for the big event. 

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