Sense & Science-Ability at the library

Austin tries to figure out what is in one of our mystery boxes during the senses program at Mentor Public Library.

Austin tries to figure out what is in one of our mystery boxes during the senses program at Mentor Public Library.

Kids tested all five of their senses earlier this week at our Main Branch.

They needed to identify mystery flavors, mystery smells, mystery sounds, and even mystery feels, and they could only use one sense at time.

The young scientists sniffed cotton balls for whiffs of banana, garlic, and cinnamon. They rattled plastic Easter eggs and guessed what they held inside (with no peeking!) They even reached inside our mystery boxes to see if they could suss its contents only using their sense of touch. (Don’t worry; the boxes held nothing more gruesome than cooked rotini.)

They also made optical illusions. The kids created penny spinners where a few lines of color morphed into a rainbow whenever it spun.

This way, the children learned the different ways their senses can work individually and together. And the learning isn’t over.

Our senses program was just the first in our monthly STEAM series. (The acronym stands for Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics.)

Each month, we’ll host a program that concentrates on a different aspect of STEAM, including:

  • Technology on Oct. 24
  • Engineering on Nov. 28
  • Art on Jan. 23
  • Mathematics on Feb. 27

These programs are free and open to all kids in first through fifth grade. However, registration is required. Parents must sign up their child for each session separately. Registration begins two weeks before each respective session.

To sign up or for more information, call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

The young scientists are supposed to use their sense of hearing to discern what's inside the eggs, but a few of them peeked.

The young scientists are supposed to use their sense of hearing to discern what’s inside the eggs, but a few of them peeked.

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