STEM : STEM for Tweens

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About the Program

  • Designed for children ages 8-12
  • 3rd Monday of each month, September-April, from 4-5 p.m., on the first floor of the library in Room 1017
  • Explore different STEM concepts with dynamic demonstrations, excellent experiments and spectacular special guests!
  • Enhanced with suggested resources and activities to further explore concepts at home with friends and family
  • Special guest presenters include NSU professors and students, community organizations and NSU's Science Alive!, a unique program under the direction of Emily Schmitt Lavin Ph.D., Professor in Biology, Interim Biology Department Chair, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography. 

STEM Topics

In this STEM Special, children will be able to practice an Hour of Code at the Alvin Sherman Library!

“The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”

What is the difference between hydrophobic and hydrophilic? Check out these books on liquids and lipids to find out more about the properties of liquids that either absorb water (hydrophilic) or repel it (hydrophobic)!

After exploring spooky bubbles and slime, learn more about the properties of matter that make these cool projects work!

The following books illustrate properties of motion and force, including wind, static electricity, and friction. Check out a book from the library to try an experiment at home!

The information below can be used to replicate the activities from this month's Afterschool STEM program and to take the exploration even further with additional experiments and more in-depth information.  Some resources require an Alvin Sherman Library card for access (indicated with *).

April is Math Awareness Month! 

The theme for 2016 is The Future of Prediction.

The information below can be used to replicate the activities from this month's Afterschool STEM program and to take the exploration even further with additional experiments and more in-depth information.  Some resources require an Alvin Sherman Library card for access (indicated with *).

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The Edison robot is a fun, easy way to learn about robotics. They are LEGO compatible so you can get really creative! We sumo wrestled our robots - what else could you do with and Edison?

The LEGO Mindstorm is another source for customizable robots! 

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The information below can be used to replicate the activities from this month's Afterschool STEM program and to take the exploration even further with additional experiments and more in-depth information.  Some resources require an Alvin Sherman Library card for access (indicated with *).

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Super Absorbent Polymers and paper snowflakes may be a close as we can get to having snow here in South Florida!

The information below can be used to replicate the activities from this month's Afterschool STEM program and to take the exploration even further with additional experiments and more in-depth information.  Some resources require an Alvin Sherman Library card for access (indicated with *).

Links:

  • Science in Context provides a variety of resources on the Gopher tortoise.  Click here to read magazine, journal and newspaper articles and see images.*
  • The Gopher Tortoise Council provides educational resources and ideas for ways you can help Gopher Tortoise conservation efforts.
  • The burrow of the Gopher Tortoise is critical to the survival of many of Florida's other native animals.  Click here and here to check out a real burrow.
  • "Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a beautiful garden that attracts wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas." Visit the National Wildlife Federation's Garden for Wildlife website for information and opportunities.
  • If you find injured wildlife, do you know who to call? "South Florida Wildlife Center's mission is to protect wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation, and education," and they're right around the corner!
  • Join the Wildlife Watch!  Sign up and record your wildlife observations to help scientists track the health and behavior of Florida's plant species and wildlife!
  • Offer bird-nesting materials in your garden!

The information below can be used to replicate the activities from this month's Afterschool STEM program and to take the exploration even further with additional experiments and more in-depth information.  Some resources require and Alvin Sherman Library card fro access (indicated with *).

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  • Gale database Science In Context provides excellent follow-up experiments that can easily be carried out with everyday household items.*
  • Thomas Edison patented the phonograph and the first talking doll. Listen to an eerie recording of this not-so-popular children's toy from the 1890s!
  • The screaming cup is a simple and fun way to create spooky sounds! How many different sounds can you make by changing the variables in this fun and easy experiment?

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The information below can be used to replicate the activities from this month's Afterschool STEM program and to take the exploration even further with additional experiments and more in-depth information.  Some resources require an Alvin Sherman Library card for access (indicated with *).

Links:

  • Making square bubbles is fun and easy to do at home.  Can you make bubbles in other shapes?  Change the variables to take it a step further.
  • Dig even deeper into the science behind the bubbles!  Observe bubbles close up with this exciting experiment, Floating Soap Bubbles.*
  • For more great experiments investigating chemistry using bubbles, visit the American Chemical Society website.
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Afterschool STEM in action!