Summer Reading- STEM Camp: Construction

It’s been a busy morning! This camp was all about construction. First we used tongue depressors to create catapults and exploding stick structures. The structures are held together by the tension that is created when weaving the depressors together. We tried making the longer chain reaction but that’s going to take more practice and time. Finally, kits from the Construction STEM tub were used to build transformers and ramps. We had a great time!

Summer Reading Program – STEM Camp: Solar

Today was a sun powered day at the library! First we worked with Nature Print Paper. Objects were placed on special paper and then put into the sun. After five minutes the objects were removed and rinsed in water for a minute. We made some pretty neat prints! Then we broke down in to groups of 2-3 kids and put together some solar kits. Watching the kids work together was really awesome.



Summer Reading #5 – Build a Better World

Solar energy! The preschool-2nd graders listened to Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey (where the Moon discovered night wasn’t so bad!) and The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague. We also danced to the Mister Sun Song! The 3rd-5th listened to Curious George Discovers the Sun by H. A. Rey. Then we all made solar ovens just like George! Except we can melt used crayons into new creations not veggie lasagna! As our last day finale, we ate concrete. sand. dirt and rocks! Don’t worry it was actually ice cream, vanilla wafer and Oreo crumbs and m&ms!


Summer Reading #3 – Build a Better World

This week we are back to building AND using our imagination. Our focus was on the Eiffel Tower. Preschoolers used straws to create their towers. K-5th grades did a STEM activity – built towers out of gum drops and tooth picks! They were very creative – no two towers were the same! However, we did learn that triangles are the strongest shape. The Eiffel Tower was built with a lot of triangles – in fact the skeleton of the Statue of Liberty also has a lot of triangles. Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was a French civil engineer and architect. Eiffel designed both the skeleton and the Eiffel Tower as well as a number of other bridges for the French railway network, most famously the Garabit viaduct. The Eiffel Tower built for the 1889 World’s Fair was only supposed to stand for 20 years! It’s scientific usefulness saved it as it was used by French scientists to study astronomy, meteorology, aerodynamics and physiology and test experiments such as Foucault’s Pendulum and the radio


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