Making sense of the senses

Kids experiment with depth perception by covering one of their eyes.

Kids experiment with depth perception by covering one of their eyes.

Our STEAM Club experimented with their senses recently — learning about their taste, sight, touch, smelling and hearing.

They tested what it was like to taste something without saliva, experimented with their depth perception, and used potato chips to learn about their taste buds.

For those who aren’t familiar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math. And here are five resources we have for any family that want to learn more about these topics.

  1. 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, Oct. 13. We’re learning about chemical reactions, miscibility and the science or art.
  2. 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.
  3. Additionally, kids can check out the 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.
  4. Our Main Branch is hosting another STEAM program at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23. This time we’re focusing on technology.
  5. We have a brand new coding club at our newest location — The HUB (which is inside Mentor High School.) Join us at 3:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. In this self-paced club, kids (fourth grade and higher) can earn badges as they reach certain milestones. Earn all the badges to become a Programming Wizard! Our first meeting is on Oct. 2.

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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