Engineering paper planes

Kids compete to see whose paper airplanes, which they designed, would fly the farthest.

— MentorPublicLibrary (@MentorPL) May 23, 2018

Kids learned about paper engineering — which, as you may have guessed, is another way of saying origami — during our STEAM program this month. They warmed up by making paper hats and hearts. Then, they designed their own paper planes and competed to see whose could fly the farthest.

We loved learning about engineering too.

We loved learning about engineering too.

For those who aren’t familiar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math. And we have several programs, services, books and videos for families that want to learn more about any of these topics.

For example, our Picking Up STEAM Club meets each month at our Lake Branch to explore the weird and wonderful world of science and math. The next meeting is 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. We’re learning about chemistry by making ice cream from scratch.

Our Lake Branch also has a STEAM station where fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.

Additionally, kids can check out the new STEAM kits at our Main Branch. Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Design a race car or an amusement park ride. Learn the basics of coding with an Ozobot. Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk.

Finally, don’t forget about the thousands of books and videos we have to offer. Whatever niche of science, technology or art your child cares about, we can help them learn more about it.

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