STEAM @ the Library

Looking for fun and educational STEAM activities you can do at home?

You can find activities incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) created by our library staff. 

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Newsletter & Activity of the Month

Read our STEAM Newsletters for a ton of library recommended STEAM activities, podcasts, programs and more for all ages! PLUS get printable instructions for one very special ORL original Activity of the Month. Each month we’ll take you on a STEAM adventure. There’s something here for everyone!

December

Newsletter: Let it Snow!

Activity: Science - Ice fishing

Read past Newsletter issues

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Check out our past Activities

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Coding

Online Events 

Join in for these online programs no matter where you live! Register online to get the Microsoft Teams link information for ALL programs. Please include your email! Teams Help: Download our Help Sheet [PDF] or view our tutorial.

Virtual Engineering Club

Register Online | First Tuesday of the month | 6:30 to 7:30 PM PT

For ages 7 to 12. Introduces a new project each month using common household items. Presented by Downtown Kelowna Library.

Upcoming dates: 

  • January 10
  • February 7
  • March 7

 

Art + Code 1.0 (4 week class)

Register online | Thursdays, January 19 to February 16 | 3:30 to 4:45 PM PT

For kids ages 9 to 12. Explore different artists and their signature styles throughout modern art history. Every week, kids will generate digital works of art using the drag-and-drop block coding platform Scratch. Each session will start with a hands-on art project that gets the creative juices flowing, and leads into our coding activity for the day. Note: No class on February 9. 

Intro to Code + SCIENCE - EcoRobot

Register online | Thursday, March 23 | 3:30 to 4:45 PM PT

For kids ages 9 to 12. Use the drag-and-drop block coding platform Scratch to train a robot how to sort plastic into the correct recycling bins. Practice computational thinking and coding while taking climate action (Sustainable Development Goal #13) and practicing sustainable consumption and production (SDG #12).

Intro to Code + Art - Javascript Flower

Register online | Thursday, March 30 | 3:30 to 5:00 PM PT

For Teens. Learn the basics of algorithmic art and use your voice as an innovative way to interact with a generative art piece. Students will be introduced to p5.js, a Javascript coding library for artists, and ml5.js, a Machine Learning coding library, so budding algorithm artists can keep creating after the session.

 

 

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Reading Lists

Get project ideas, enjoy stories, and learn history with these book suggestions.

 

 

 

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Want more hands-on STEAM experience?

Visit our Makerspaces!

At ORL Makerspaces, you will find equipment and tools for projects, digital media creation, and exploring and learning new technology.

Use Creation Stations for digital design or animation; cut hundreds of different materials for custom DIY projects with our  Cricut Makers; and you can even print three-dimensional objects using our 3D printers.

To see all the equipment offered, how to book a maker station, and to find your nearest library location with a Makerspace, check out ORL Makerspaces.

The details

  • Under 14? Your parent or guardian who is an ORL Maker must come with you to use the equipment.
  • Are you between 14 and 18? You must have your legal guardian sign your Maker Agreement and Makerspace Waiver.

 

View our STEAM videos on YouTube

Check out the ORL YouTube Channel's STEAM Playlist

 

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