Teaching symmetry with snowflakes

Children make enormous symmetrical snowflakes out of colored popsicle sticks at Mentor Public Library's STEAM program.

Children make enormous symmetrical snowflakes out of colored popsicle sticks at Mentor Public Library’s STEAM program.

Kids learned about symmetry by making snowflakes – both out of paper and popsicle sticks – this week at our Main Branch.

The children not only got to get crafty, but they learned a little about geometry.

Each month, we use games, activities, and even crafts to teach the tenets of STEAM. That stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math, if you’re unfamiliar with the acronym.

But there are a lot of ways the library can help your kid or you learn about science, tech, and more. Here are just five:

  1. 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.
  2. Our Lake Branch 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. Visit the state-of-the-art makerspace at The HUB in Mentor High School. Library patrons can use The HUB’s laser engraver, heat press, large-format printer, and green-screen studio for school, work, and personal projects. We also have 3D printers that you can use at Main.
  4. Our Headlands Branch also hosts a monthly STEAM Club. Curious Kids will meet for a Trivia Night at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 9.
  5. Browse our shelves! They’re packed with books full of fun science experiments that you can do with your children
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