STEM education is having a transformational impact on libraries across the country. The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) provides free Science-Technology Activities & Resources that are helping libraries to engage their communities in STEM learning experiences. Hear the results of a national 2015 survey of library and STEM professionals and learn what STEM programming is currently in place in public libraries and how libraries approach and implement STEM programs. Experience tested hands-on activities that you can use immediately, and receive step-by-step instructions on how to implement these activities in your own programs for multiple age groups. Be inspired in how to create your own STEM “discovery tables” for children and families, and use free STAR_Net exhibit resources to print inexpensive displays on a variety of STEM topics. The ideas will be fun, easy to do, and be designed for tight budgets and busy staff.
Learning Objectives — Upon completion, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate increased awareness of the state of STEM programming in public libraries across the nation.
- Implement STAR_Net hands-on activities in STEM programs for children, youth, and adults and intergenerational audiences.
- List three or more resources that can be developed into inexpensive library displays about STEM topics.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Transforming: Services
Interests: Adult Services, Children's Services, Community Engagement, Outreach Services, Partnerships, Professional Development, Public Programs, Public Relations, Public Services, Rural and Small Libraries, Training, Transforming Libraries, Urban Libraries, Young Adult Services, Youth Services
Type of Library: Consortium, Joint Use, Museum, Public, Regional System, Rural, State Library
Cost: Included with full conference registration.