The Glen Ellyn Public Library looks to ignite curiosity and enthusiasm during its STEAM Fair, Saturday, March 18 from 10 am – 3 pm.
"STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math focuses on real-world applications of core knowledge, vital not only for children, but for community members of all ages," said Christina Keasler, Middle School Librarian. "The library has stressed STEAM programming not only because of its fun and educational format, but also to support the local school districts' curriculum."
Families can drop by anytime to view a variety of experiments, demonstrations and presentations from a diverse field of exhibitors, including the library. Exhibitors include returning favorites as well as new, soon-to-be favorites.
Two of the library's exhibits this year allow the community to experience the latest in home and gaming technology: experience smart home technology during a guided exhibit designed to replicate a technology-enabled family room; and experience virtual reality by signing-up to try out either the Oculus Rift or the Playstation VR.
This year's exhibitors include: America Association of University Women, Animindz, CeMaST Illinois State University, ChiBots-Chicago Area Robotics, Curtain Up Classroom, DuPage Children's Museum, Fermilab, Mathnasium, Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity/Center for the Gifted, NIU STEM Read, Rock Your Body Airbrush Tattoos, SCARCE, SciTech Hands On Museum, and WISSARD.
For more information on this year's STEAM exhibitors, including descriptions of all the exhibits, visit gepl.org/steam.
Throughout March, April and May, the library will be holding additional STEAM programming for both kids and adults. Sign up for one or more of these programs by visiting gepl.org/calendar or by calling the library at 630-469-0879.
Thursday, March 23 | 7-8:30 pm
Learn about the various types of engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, etc.), what each type of engineer does, and recent innovative happenings in the field from Dr. Alyssa Pasquale, Assistant Professor of Engineering and Physics at the College of DuPage.
3D Printing: Open Lab
Thursdays March 23, May 11 | 7–8 pm
Learn about 3D printing at this all-ages open lab and then work to create your own project. Use of 3D software is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Projects will be available for pick up at a later date.
Monday, March 27 | 10:30-11:30 am and 4-5 pm
Combine a love of technology with a love of building when you create a LEGO® town. Practice coding skills with an Ozobot or use an iPad to navigate a Sphero through a maze of your own creation. For kids ages 4-8.
Robotics with LEGO® Education WeDo Construction Sets
For Kindergarten–Grade 2 | Tuesday, March 28 | 10-11 am
For Grades 3-4 | Tuesday, March 28 | 11:15 am–12:15 pm
Explore the principles of engineering and programming when you build a robot using LEGO® Education WeDo Construction Sets. Construct an alligator, bird or soccer player with working motors and sensors. Experienced users can try designing their own robot.
Robots with LEGO® Mindstorms
Tuesday, March 28 | 1:30-2:30 pm
Tackle engineering challenges while constructing a customizable, programmable robot using LEGO® Mindstorms. Bring your own innovative ideas and be prepared to experiment. For grades 3-5.
Climate Change: Fact, Fiction and Our Future
Thursday, March 30 | 7-8:30 pm
Global climate is a complex mix of variables, so how do we know humans have the power to influence it? Join Chicago-based educator Michele Hoffman Trotter for a conversation about how our world is changing and how those changes affect us all.
You Say Pisanki, I Say Pysanky!
Tuesday, April 11 | 4-5 pm
Explore the Slavic tradition of intricately decorating Easter eggs. Learn how to make a pisanki/pysanky and then create and take home your very own decorated Easter egg. For grades 1-5.
A Book Discussion and 3D Experience: The Real Ready Player One
Wednesday, May 24 | 6-8 pm
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a near-future Sci-Fi novel in which people connect through a virtual world called OASIS. Discuss the book then get a taste of the characters' immersive world by testing out the library's Oculus Rift. Copies of book will be available near the 2nd Floor Information Desk.