We’ve had a busy week here at the library with all things STEM, and just last Thursday we had another event that showcased many of the different STEM and inspiration space opportunities for the community. The W. Reilly School Family Night at the Library was a success that saw over [amount here] people come to through to take a peek at the different activities we had set up.
BuildIt! Club had an area set up on the first floor, letting kids run wild with their imagination and our building tools/toys. The combination of creative thinking and problem solving is a fantastic way to keep kids entertained, while improving important skills. There was also a story time session in the children’s area that had some of the younger visitors relax a little bit.
We also broke out our Makey Makey‘s, two of our 3D printers, Draw A Story, and the Job Center for Minecraft. We provided information regarding the 3D printing process, as well as how people can submit models to be printed off for them by the library. Each child who came was given one of the hundreds of space invader key-chains we’ve printed out over the last couple weeks. On the other side of the room there were four stations for the Makey Makey’s so parents and children could participate in playing the bongos, the keyboard, whack-a-mole, and the arcade classic Pac-Man. Each game was played by tapping either a banana or a block of play-dough that created a circuit and allows each to act as if it were a button for a video game controller or on a keyboard. The Makey Makey’s are pretty cool by themselves, but can also be used in tandem with Scratch, from MIT, in order to make the introduction to programming as robust and hands on as possible. Minecraft was a success as always, as one of the librarians demonstrated the usefulness of the game for educational and recreational purposes, and allowed people to participate in a brief gaming session.
Having all of the families and teachers become excited over the areas in which our library is growing was a wonderful thing to experience. Most of the adults were unaware of the vast opportunities that were available for themselves, as well as for their children’s benefit. With the world becoming more and more technology focused, it’s imperative that people take the time to understand and learn about the products that are emerging around them. We’re pleased to be that initial stepping stone in the learning process.