STEAM at the Watsonville Public Library

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A new collaboration between the Watsonville Public Library and the Environmental Science Workshop began on Wednesday, January 6th. Staff from both city departments are implanting a children’s program focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).  STEAM encourages creative, critical thinking and innovation, meeting a need to integrate these disciplines in U.S. education.

In the first session children, ages 8 to 12, designed and created motorized cars out of recycled materials and circuits. “It’s great to learn science,” said Ana, a 9 year old girl who plans to attend each week. Workshop staff explained basic concepts in circuitry and then asked questions and encouraged the teams of children to discuss and think through design problems. This inquiry-based style of learning (posing questions rather than stating facts) prompted flashes of realization and inspiration.

The library is thrilled to have Environmental Science Workshop staff in the children’s room every week. The program is funded by Friends of the Library through a generous donation from Robert & Elayne Stein.

STEAM happens every Wednesday in the main library at 3pm and is open to children ages 8-12. For more information, call Susan Nilsson, Children’s Librarian 768-3416.

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