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Successful STEM
Programs for Children
Presented by
Karyn Dombrosky (Palm Beach County Library System)
Cicely Douglas (Palm...
What is STEM?
Science
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Anatomy
• Archaeology
Technology
• Batteries
• Circuits
• Electromagnets
Eng...
You already do science programs!
STEMKnitting
(Geometry)
Shark Week
(Marine
Biology)
Dinosaurs
(Archaeology/
Paleontology)...
Why focus on STEM?
Practice
Comprehension
CommunicationEngage
Confidence
Fastest growing occupations from 2008-2018.
U.S. Department of Labor
 Biomedical engineers
 Network systems and data com...
Practical Applications
Practical Applications
Implementation
Ask
Questions
Facilitate
discussion
Engage
participants
Actively
Participate
Support and
direct
Regulate le...
Successful Science
Programs for
Children Ages 5 - 8
KarynDombrosky
Palm Beach County Library System
Planning Programs
 Once per week- 1 Theme per Week
 45 - 60 minutes long
 Gather additional staff/ Teen Volunteers if n...
1. Chemistry
2. Archaeology/ Paleontology
3. Physics
4. Horticulture
5. Anatomy
6. Ecology/Earth Science
7. Biology
8. Geo...
Implementing Programs
 Have all children sit down on the floor for instructions.
 Teach and implement only one experimen...
Examples of Experiments (5-8 year olds)
 A. Carbon dioxide gas (soda)
 B. Chemical reactions (baking soda/ vinegar)
 C....
Chemistry Experiment
Polymers: Long chains of tiny molecules
Some examples of polymers include plastic and silly putty.
 ...
Chemistry Experiment
Polymer experiment #2 (slime):
1. Give each child a small cup.
2. Have each child pour equal parts li...
Physics Experiment
Inertia:
An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion unless a force
changes...
Physics Experiment
Inertia experiment #2:
1. Give each child an open plastic bag filled with “stuff”.
2. Have each child s...
Troubleshooting
 Experiments that don’t work
 Unfamiliar with the topic
 Uncomfortable teaching science
 Out of contro...
Successful Science
Programs for
Children Ages 8-11
Cicely Douglas
Palm Beach County Library System
Ages 8-11
 Challenge them
 Start with a brief introduction
 Have several tables set up as different activity stations
...
Examples of Experiments (8-12 year olds)
 A. Archaeology (garbology)
 B. Biology (gelatin cell)
 C. Physics (paper airp...
Garbology
 Each bag is labeled and represents a specific site.
 Each group is to look at the pictures in the bag and try...
Programming for Multiple
Ages 11+
Katherine Kastanis
Dunedin Public Library
Speed Stacks
 Easy to learn.
 Improve hand-eye coordination.
 Improve concentration.
Have fun & make it your own.
Add a relay or a pyramid building race.
Speed Stacks
3D Puzzle Club
• Have plenty of space
• Offer a variety of difficult choices
Recognize completed works & workers!
3D Puzzle Club
Wednesday Workout
 Teens love gaming!
 State of the Art equipment is great but not necessary!
Wednesday Workout
Offer an assortment of games
 Highlight national organization
opportunities!
Wednesday Workout
Grow Your Mind
 Make concepts simple to understand
 Encourage exploration and discovery
Pendulum Science
Kids have fun while learning about
science:
• Vocabulary
• Terms
• Concepts
• Experiment Procedures
Have fun!
Gravity
Law of Inertia
Science Experiment Craft
Make a lasting impression!
Cheiloscopy
aka Lip Print C.S.I.
Cheiloscopy
littleBits are fun for all ages!
Thank you
 Cicely Douglas
 Palm Beach County Library System
 DouglasC@pbclibrary.org
 KarynDombrosky
 Palm Beach Coun...
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STEM Programs for Children

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STEM Programs for Children

  1. 1. Successful STEM Programs for Children Presented by Karyn Dombrosky (Palm Beach County Library System) Cicely Douglas (Palm Beach County Library System) Katherine Kastanis (Dunedin Public Library)
  2. 2. What is STEM? Science • Biology • Chemistry • Anatomy • Archaeology Technology • Batteries • Circuits • Electromagnets Engineering • Building • Robotics • Density Math • Probability • Geometry • Measurement • Money
  3. 3. You already do science programs! STEMKnitting (Geometry) Shark Week (Marine Biology) Dinosaurs (Archaeology/ Paleontology) Animals (Biology) Bowling (Geometry/ Physics) Bubbles (Chemistry) Cooking/ Nutrition (Chemistry) Superheroes (Physics) Steampunk (Forensics/ Engineering)
  4. 4. Why focus on STEM? Practice Comprehension CommunicationEngage Confidence
  5. 5. Fastest growing occupations from 2008-2018. U.S. Department of Labor  Biomedical engineers  Network systems and data communications analysts  Home health aides  Personal and home care aides  Financial examiners  Medical scientists  Physical assistants  Skin care specialists  Biochemists and biophysicists  Athletic trainers
  6. 6. Practical Applications
  7. 7. Practical Applications
  8. 8. Implementation Ask Questions Facilitate discussion Engage participants Actively Participate Support and direct Regulate levels of info Invite Questions Check procedural thinking Increase understanding
  9. 9. Successful Science Programs for Children Ages 5 - 8 KarynDombrosky Palm Beach County Library System
  10. 10. Planning Programs  Once per week- 1 Theme per Week  45 - 60 minutes long  Gather additional staff/ Teen Volunteers if needed  Register to capacity (depending on supplies/ space)  Waiting List for multiple week programs- call if attendance wanes  Standby for 1 time only programs  Plan and practice experiments  Gather Materials  Write Plan  Arrange space
  11. 11. 1. Chemistry 2. Archaeology/ Paleontology 3. Physics 4. Horticulture 5. Anatomy 6. Ecology/Earth Science 7. Biology 8. Geology 8 Weeks, 8 Branches of Science
  12. 12. Implementing Programs  Have all children sit down on the floor for instructions.  Teach and implement only one experiment at a time.  Teach topic using your most comfortable method: use props; read book; go over charts; show short film or stream video  Use every resource you can find: books; movies; websites; people; objects  Utilize teen volunteers to help the kids with the experiments.  Don’t be afraid to look silly. Plan your best, and you’ll be your best.
  13. 13. Examples of Experiments (5-8 year olds)  A. Carbon dioxide gas (soda)  B. Chemical reactions (baking soda/ vinegar)  C. Dancing raisins (club soda/ raisins)  D. Geyser (wint-o-green lifesavers/ cola)  E. Diffusion (perfume/ diffusion circles)  F. Polymers (liquid glue/ liquid starch)  G. Inertia (quarter on elbow/ bag/ row of checkers)
  14. 14. Chemistry Experiment Polymers: Long chains of tiny molecules Some examples of polymers include plastic and silly putty.  Polymer experiment #1 (slime): 1. Give each child a small cup. 2. Have each child pour a little bit of (2 parts) cornstarch into the cup. 3. Have each child slowly add water (1 part), mixing as they go. 4. The children can keep mixing, noticing that the slime will keep going from liquid to solid.
  15. 15. Chemistry Experiment Polymer experiment #2 (slime): 1. Give each child a small cup. 2. Have each child pour equal parts liquid school glue and liquid starch into the cup. 3. Have the children mix until the liquids become a solid, blue glop. 4. Have the children transfer their glop into a plastic sandwich bag to take home.
  16. 16. Physics Experiment Inertia: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion unless a force changes this.  Inertia experiment #1: 1. Give each child a quarter or a checker. 2. Have each child place the quarter on his/her elbow with wrist facing up. 3. Each child should try to catch the quarter in their hand. The quarter stays in the air until gravity pushes it down, so the child has time to catch it.
  17. 17. Physics Experiment Inertia experiment #2: 1. Give each child an open plastic bag filled with “stuff”. 2. Have each child swing the bag upside down again and again. Nothing will fall out of the bag as long as the child doesn’t stop swinging.
  18. 18. Troubleshooting  Experiments that don’t work  Unfamiliar with the topic  Uncomfortable teaching science  Out of control kids
  19. 19. Successful Science Programs for Children Ages 8-11 Cicely Douglas Palm Beach County Library System
  20. 20. Ages 8-11  Challenge them  Start with a brief introduction  Have several tables set up as different activity stations  Create worksheets for each station
  21. 21. Examples of Experiments (8-12 year olds)  A. Archaeology (garbology)  B. Biology (gelatin cell)  C. Physics (paper airplanes)  D. Math (Probability)  E. Marine Biology (density/salinity)  F. Earth Science (earthquakes)  G. Measurement (weight, length, volume)
  22. 22. Garbology  Each bag is labeled and represents a specific site.  Each group is to look at the pictures in the bag and try to determine information about the site.  The bags may represent an individual or a place.  Give each group approx. five minutes to discuss and determine information about the site.  After everyone has had the opportunity to discuss the site, prompt them with questions about the contents.  Don’t let them get discouraged by their answer being different from yours or from each others. Archaeologists deal with this all the time.
  23. 23. Programming for Multiple Ages 11+ Katherine Kastanis Dunedin Public Library
  24. 24. Speed Stacks  Easy to learn.  Improve hand-eye coordination.  Improve concentration.
  25. 25. Have fun & make it your own. Add a relay or a pyramid building race. Speed Stacks
  26. 26. 3D Puzzle Club • Have plenty of space • Offer a variety of difficult choices
  27. 27. Recognize completed works & workers! 3D Puzzle Club
  28. 28. Wednesday Workout  Teens love gaming!  State of the Art equipment is great but not necessary!
  29. 29. Wednesday Workout Offer an assortment of games  Highlight national organization opportunities! Wednesday Workout
  30. 30. Grow Your Mind  Make concepts simple to understand  Encourage exploration and discovery
  31. 31. Pendulum Science Kids have fun while learning about science: • Vocabulary • Terms • Concepts • Experiment Procedures
  32. 32. Have fun! Gravity Law of Inertia
  33. 33. Science Experiment Craft Make a lasting impression!
  34. 34. Cheiloscopy aka Lip Print C.S.I.
  35. 35. Cheiloscopy
  36. 36. littleBits are fun for all ages!
  37. 37. Thank you  Cicely Douglas  Palm Beach County Library System  DouglasC@pbclibrary.org  KarynDombrosky  Palm Beach County Library System  DombroskyK@pbclibrary.org  Katherine Kastanis  Dunedin Public Library  KKastanis@dunedinfl.net

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