Speed Racer Science at the Library

In my experience, children love things that go. The train set in my branch’s picture book area is always surrounded by choo-chooing kids; our race car books are perennially popular; and I’ve had to stop more than one pair of young friends from racing through the stacks to prove their speed. Thus it was a no-brainer for me to develop a Speed Racer Science program for school-age children at my library. Here’s what we did–I highly encourage you to take it and make it your own. First, we talked about the science. The major scientific concept we discussed with regard to speeding vehicles was Newton’s First Law of Motion: an object at rest will stay at rest, and an object in motion will stay in motion, unless acted upon by an outside force. I used a handy graphic from How Stuff Works to show this concept in a Prezi I projected…

Boat Race Science: A School-Age STEM Program

Have you ever noticed how excited kids get when library programs involve materials they wouldn’t normally think would be in the library? Adding eggs to a program is one example, and another is having a big tub of water, splash risk and all. That’s exactly what kids saw last month when they came into the program room for Boat Race Science, the latest in our series of STEM/STEAM programs for school-age kids. Here’s what we did (and I highly recommend you consider doing it, too): First, we talked about the science. When it comes to boat races, there are few key science concepts involved. My preferred mode of sharing our science info is in a Prezi presentation; my Prezi for Boat Race Science is linked here. We talked about three main concepts using resources shared in the Prezi. First was buoyancy, and I showed a short animated video to demonstrate the…

2013 ALSC Programming Round-Up

Last month, the YALSA Blog had a post on programming ideas they published in the last year. It was such a great idea, an ALSC Blog reader suggested we offer a similar compilation, and New Year’s Day seemed like the perfect opportunity! So, without further ado, here are some of the many programming posts from the ALSC Blog which were published in 2013. Speed Racer Science This STEM program offers a hands-on activity for school-agers which takes advantage of kids’ love of things that go while talking about Newton’s First Law of Motion. Character Craft Filled with ideas about bringing your favorite storybook character to life, this post details ideas for presenting great children’s books and spurring young imaginations. Process & Product Art in Storytime We talk a great deal about process versus product in preschool art programs we offer. This post looks at the debate and exposes valid points…