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House of STEM

By Michael Cimino, Technology Integration and Innovation Specialist, Fayetteville Free Library STEM and Maker programming can be found in so many library programs around the country, and the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) is certainly no different. Kids from elementary school to high school can learn about coding, robotics, […]

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Seven Days of STEM: A week’s worth of Environmental Ed: Day 5. Animal Adaptations.

After communing with the trees in the last lesson, why not look at some of the animals that inhabit them? Birds are fascinating creatures to most people, and offer an easily understood lesson in adaptations. If you have access to an outdoor area frequented by birds, try […]

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Seven days of STEM: A week’s worth of Environmental Ed: Day 4. Trees, please!

  Trees. I grew up climbing them, reading in and under them, swinging on ropes hung from them, even planting them. Not everyone is so lucky. Even if your library does not include green space and trees, there are fun and interesting ways to share trees with your […]

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Spotlight on the GLOBE Program

    The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the […]

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NanoDays at the Library

    NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally in late March and early April. This community-based event is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto […]

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A Librarian Interpreting Science on the Exhibit Floor of the Museum of Science in Boston

In November 2014, I was the only non-museum member selected to participate in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network’s “Sharing  Science Workshop &  Practicum” at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA.  In this program, I joined Harvard and MIT graduates students along with five museum educators for […]

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Art and Science – Pointillism, Kinetic Sculpture, and Gravity

Combining art and science is a great way to engage those children and teens that are not interested in STEM. It also helps those who like STEM to explore different ways that STEM can be influential in other fields. Here are a few examples of ways to […]

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Seven Days of STEM: A week’s worth of Environmental Ed programming- Day 3: Life Cycle of the Frog

After talking about water (and possibly wetlands) with the Lake activity in the previous lesson, why not move on to the life cycle of the frog? Most kids find frogs and their metamorphosis to be fascinating, and this lesson includes an easy and fun 3D chart of […]

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The Hubble Space Telescope is 25!

April 24, 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Telescope into Earth orbit.  In the 25 years since the space shuttle Discovery deployed it into space, Hubble has helped change the way we look at the universe.  The pictures it has sent back to earth have […]

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Myth-Busters in the Library: Sneaky STEM

In April, I decided to do a bunch of science programs and call them “Mythbusters.” The premise was based on the fact that this website exists, but when I got deep into what I could plan for cheap/free and what wouldn’t need parental waivers or worry about balloon allergies and […]

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