STEAM and Makerspaces
STEAM and preschoolers
Pumpkin Power program—stations
Weighed them named A, B, C, D and E. Is A heavier than C?, etc.
Pumpkins with tops cut off but with the insides left in for touching; Ziploc bag of pumpkin innards
Take one bite of your cookie—now draw that body part on a piece of paper. 4 bites—4 colors
Dissolved gingerbread cookies in water.
State on promo materials: “Food allergens will be present.”
Mid-Continent recently instituted a food policy for children/teens—all food given out must be individually wrapped—came from a ruling by the Health Dept.
6 stations with various kinds of slime—some premade, some made together; recipes to take home
Sink or float activities
Leaves—Ellison cutouts, matching leaf types to a poster; real leaves to touch
MO Dept. of Conservation–PreK curriculum—could be easily adapted to ST.
They also have trunks of materials on various themes—animal tracks; pelts/furs—can check out to use for storytime.
St. Louis Art Museum—SLAM kits with art supplies to check out
Phyllis’s Pinterest—look for Phyllis Davis with the coffee picture
Ann’s Storytime Board firstname.lastname@example.org
STEAM and elementary ages
After school curriculum will adapt well to library programs
NASA stuff online—lots of programming resources and ideas
2 ways to approach STEAM:
- Demonstration—for example, everyone builds a catapult to take home
- Science fair style—follow scientific method
Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments (ISBN 978-0309136747)
Best practices for teaching: self-directed; collaborative; inquiry based; each person has clearly defined roles—works best with 3rd grade through middle school
Diplomat—gleans info from other groups
Program idea: Design a car that is safe, fast, stylish and comfortable—going to crash it to test safety; door has to open to let plastic egg in and out
WGBH Plum Landing—environmental curriculum http://pbskids.org/plumlanding/
Watershed unit works with PreK age
PBS website—Fetch with Ruff Ruffman http://pbskids.org/fetch/
Design Squad http://pbskids.org/designsquad/
Engineering is Elementary http://www.eie.org/
We are informal educators! Speak classroom educators’ language to them to help them recognize this.
Atlas of New Librarianship http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?page_id=6352
Ellison Strawbees: http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?page_id=6352