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Thursday, October 3 • 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Library STEM Workshops for Kids and Teens

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This session will provide an overview of developing exciting STEM workshops for kids and teens at libraries using low-cost and easy-to-implement ideas. The insights and lessons gained from two years of STEM workshops at the Kirkendall Library will be presented to help other libraries plan STEM events. Topics that will be covered include types of STEM activities, free and low-cost tools and resources, and suggestions on how to leverage STEM workshops to enhance the library experience for kids and teens.

First, planning and implementation of activities for STEM workshops can be easy and low-stress for librarians. This session will provide an overview of STEM activities used at the Kirkendall Library including computer coding, robotics labs, engineering challenges, drone workshops, multimedia editing, and more.

Second, there are many free and low-cost STEM activities and resources that can be used for activities. An overview will be given of the free software and websites that have increased attendance at our STEM workshops such as Hour of Code, Tinkercad, Sketchup, and Movavi. The session will also provide examples of popular, low-cost STEM toys (less than $40) used in our library workshops, including a Sphero Mini, VEX Robotics Kits, a Simrex Drone, and Merge VR Goggles.

Third, the session will present a brief outline of how STEM workshops can be integrated with other library events and resources. STEM workshops at the Kirkendall Library have become a valuable way to increase circulation of our STEM books and databases by children and parents.

By reflecting on the insights and experiences from the Kirkendall Library, it is hoped that other libraries feel empowered to develop STEM workshops to increase attendance from kids and teens and to complement other library resources.

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Nicholas Janning

Information Technology Librarian, Kirkendall Public Library
I have worked as the Information Technology Librarian at the Kirkendall Public Library for the last 5 years. I received my Master’s Degree in Library Science from Indiana University in 2013. I am responsible for our library’s makerspace including all events for kids, teens, and... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CDT
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