Building landing gear & blasting off

We learned about air pressure and built landing gear for our marshmallow astronauts when during our STEAM program last month.

Our young scientists tackled three projects in total.

First, they used balloons to learn about air pressure. They blew up balloons and let them fly across our zip lines, propelled by escaping air.

Then, the kids practiced cooperation, working together to “dock” their space craft.

Finally, they used a cup, index card and straw to build a vessel that would survive a 6-foot fall and protect its 2-marshmallow crew.

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, July 13.
  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, July 23. This time we’re focusing on art.
  5. Finally, our Summe Reading theme is A Universe of Stories. So we have plenty of programs scheduled for this summer that’ll have you seeing stars, including:

Marvelous Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday until July 22 on our Main Branch’s lawn. Each week the we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into space, planets and even aliens. Then, families can come to Freaky Fridays at 11 a.m. each Friday at our Lake Branch. Every week, we’ll have stellar activities for kids. No registration is required to attend Marvelous Mondays or Freaky Fridays.

And that’s just a smattering of the dozens of programs we’re offering this summer. They are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, call us at any of our branches.

Finally, everyone – kids, teens and adults – has a chance to win prizes when they participate Mentor Public Library’s Summer Reading program. The more people read and the more programs they attend, the better chance they have of winning.

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