Build a Better World

STEM at the Library unleashes creativity

When most people think of science, technology, engineering and math, they don’t necessarily associate those fields with creativity. But for Ryleigh Lavigne, Kyra Jordan and Libby Gerard, creativity is what STEM is all about.

“STEM uses your imagination. Whatever you want to solve, you can solve it,” says Ryleigh, who along with Kyra and Libby, took first place in the 2018 Girls-in-STEM competition. This group of young scientists and engineers from Bell Middle School won the competition for their robotic trash-receptacle, Lucky the Robot, which addressed the issue of over-polluted oceans from garbage and waste.

“You don’t have to be an adult to try something new or change the world,” says Kyra. “This is our world. We have the power to change it.”

This fall, tap into this spirit of innovation with a variety of STEM programs and resources offered at the Library for all ages.

Check out STEM events, opens a new window
Anyone and everyone can practice their science, engineering, technology or math skills with these events for all ages. 

Discover and Play
Our littlest learners have the most to benefit from practicing STEM skills as these skills help your kiddos build brains and get ready to learn before school. Check out Discovery Play, opens a new window story times for hands-on fun with songs, crafts and stories. Or explore and adventure at our Discover Together spaces at Edgewater Family Place, opens a new window and Standley Lake's Outdoor Adventure Space, opens a new window

Study up with staff lists and resources
Whether you're looking to explore STEM skills, understand the history of scientific discoveries, opens a new window, learn about men and women behind the scenes, opens a new window or even experience science on screen, opens a new window, there's a staff recommended list, opens a new window for that. Or check out our online library of science, opens a new window and technology , opens a new windowresources.

Sign up for Epic STEM
We’re challenging all middle school students to build a better world and show off their STEM skills at the Epic STEM Fair this fall. For more information and to register, go to STEM, opens a new window.

Registration opens Oct. 1 – Oct. 21.

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