Monday, August 7, 2017


Get ready to start your STEAM engines! 

Join us September 18th for:

Chariot Challenge!

We will be learning how to use Spheros and driving Chariots to the finish line. 

Learning is evolving. Get on the ball

                                              Designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding, SPRK+ is far more than just a robot.

Kindergarten - 2nd grade will meet at 4:00-4:45 
3rd - 5th grades will meet 5:00-6:00
 STEAM for grades K-2
  Registration is required:

Hey Parents:  So we decided to change things up a bit.  Kids of all ages love to build, design, and create.  Kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade may like more instruction and enjoy some stories with a program.  Kids in 3rd -5th grades are ready to dive in and may have more experience with computer formatting and design.  So we have redesigned STEAM; formally STEAMology, to provide more age appropriate programs.  Find the STEAM that best fits your child and sign up today!

Monday, July 17, 2017

STEAM is coming...

                            STEAM is coming...

Even though it is summer doesn't mean we stop learning.  The SUMMER READING EVENT is still going strong.  Get your reading logs in before August 7th for the best selection of prizes and free books or comic books. Look here for more information

Looking for something fun and different?  Come to the library for:  MEET THE 3D PRINTER
Stop by to see the 3D printer in action and learn how it works.

Want MORE 3D printing?  Look into INTRO TO 3D DESIGN  

Welcome to Tinkercad, a free online 3D editor.
Need even MORE 3D info?  Create an account to TinkerCad and learn how this computer aided design program can get you up and creating your own objects. 

September 18th will be the next STEAM program, but we've given it a new                                         

This season we will have programs for K-2 grades and 3rd -5th grades.    

Thursday, June 8, 2017

New Preschool STEAMology Activity: Build A Dino

Build A Dino
Ask your child to make a dinosaur skeleton with the paper tubes. There is a sheet of actual skeletons to help you. Which dinosaur(s) did he/she choose? 
This helps your child learn the engineering skill of making a model and the science skill of knowing dinosaur names.

*To do the preschool activity, simply ask for the activity at the Early Learning Center desk. When you have completed the activity, return it to the desk and you will receive a sticker.

Construir Un Dino

Pídale a su hijo/a a que haga un esqueleto de dinosaurio con los tubos de papel. Hay una hoja de esqueletos reales para ayudarle. ¿Qué dinosaurio(s) eligió?

Ésto ayuda a su niño a aprender la habilidad ingeniería de hacer un modelo y la habilidad ciencia de conocer nombres de dinosaurios. 

*Para hacer la actividad preecolar de STEAM, simplemente pide la actividad en en escritorio del Early Learning Center (Centro de Aprendizaje Temprano). Cuando hayas completado la actividad, devuelve la actividad al escritorio y recibirás una calcomanía.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

STEAM and 3D Printing

Gail Borden Library has a new gadget.  Welcome to our Mini Lulzbot 3D Printer.  Why do we need a 3D printer? Well...

It's easy to use!


Shapes are the basic building blocks of Tinkercad. Any shape can add or remove material, and you can also import or create your own shapes.


By grouping together a set of shapes you can create new models to work with. Build intricate shapes and create extremely detailed models.

Import 2D and 3D

Create vector shapes, then import and extrude them into 3D models. Additionally, you can import external 3D files which become editable Tinkercad shapes.

Our purpose of purchasing a 3D printer is to give kids early exposure to CAD software, learn  about 3D printing and the many fields it is used in today and allow them to express their creativity.

Empower yourself to learn coding, designing, gaming, and CAD

Keep checking our website HERE to see when and where the next 3D printing program will be.

Want to be ready for printing?  Register with TinkerCad and begin the adventure of designing.  It's free and easy to do.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


 Last time at STEAMology...

How’d you do that?

Thaumatropes:  a card with different pictures on opposite sides, as a horse on one side and a rider on the other, which appear as if combined when the card is twirled rapidly, thus illustrating the persistence of visual impressions. I had 3 different patterns to pick from.  Using colored pencils, the kids colored the pictures first, then cut them out.  Using tape and a pencil, they will attached the pictures, back to back to the pencil.  Twist pencil and Tada!
Now you try...
Click on the butterfly picture to print and make your own.
*Science of the Thaumatrope
·        The thaumatrope was invented by an English physician named J. A. Paris in 1826. It’s credited with being the first cinematographic device and shows us something interesting about how the eye works!
·        The retina of your eye sends visual information back to your brain. The channels of communication, though, are not infinitely fast. An image produced by the retina in response to stimulation lingers for one-tenth to one-twentieth of a second. Physiologists call this “the principle of the persistence of vision.”
·        The thaumatrope fools your eye by switching images faster than the tenth-of-a-second limit, thus merging what are in fact two separate images into one visual impression.

Magnetic Match Rings:  Using pattern cards , the kids tried to duplicate the patterns with the rings. After some experimenting they were able to make them “spring” by pushing down on repelling magnets and then letting go.  
1.   Why do some stick together and some do not? (north and south poles)
2.   Is there a difference in the colors used? (no)
3.   Are the magnets just floating? (magnetic force field)
4.   Will they still be attracted to each other even in water, even in sand? (yes)
5.   What other types of materials are attracted to magnets, what is not?

*Science of the Magnetism
·        Magnets have at least one North Pole and one South Pole. 
·        Poles of magnets that are alike repel
·        You need a positive (+) pole and a negative (-) pole in order for the magnets to pull together or “attract”
·        Magnets are objects that produce an area of magnetic force called a magnetic field.
·        Magnetic fields by themselves are invisible to the human eye.
·        The Earth's core is believed to be a mix (alloy) of iron and nickel, giving the Earth its own magnetic field.

airplane forcesFlight School:  Everyone got a chance to construct different styles of
paper airplanes and then fly them threw the
“Flight School Training Board”.
*Science of the Paper airplane

No one knows for sure when the first paper airplane was created. Sometimes, historians give credit to Leonardo da Vinci. However, paper folding and kite making were both popular in Asia hundreds of years before that, so it’s likely the first paper airplanes may have been made long, long ago.  In Japan, the art of folding paper is called origami. Some people call the art of making paper airplanes aerogami.  The Wright brothers also used paper airplanes to test out their theories about flight before making their first flight.


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