Wednesday, September 28, 2016

It's Science!

science information
One of the best scifi shows I have binged watched lately is Orphan Black. Tatiana Maslany is an absolutely amazing actress who has played, at this point, so many clones of herself that I've lost track. Growing up (and even now!) I tend to gravitate toward tv shows that have a science fiction bent because they tend to have intriguing characters, fascinating story lines, and they make your imagination expand and grow, Which is why I am so thrilled that this month we are promoting science to enable us all "to boldly go where no one has gone before!"

electricity books
Looking for authoritative and free science information online? You can find science articles and biographical information from Science in Context and Science Reference Center. If you know your child's Lexil number, you can limit the content searched in both databases by your child's reading level. Science Reference Center also offers lesson plans for teachers and worksheets to test your knowledge. World Book Online is a great encyclopedia database with science information for all ages. If you are looking for biographical information on famous and fascinating scientists, be sure to have a look at Biography in Context. You can browse or search under scientists or under specific occupations such as chemist, engineer, or mathematician.

Looking for science e-books to read? Gale Virtual Reference Library has always available e-books on subjects such as the environment, medicine, science, and technology. Safari Books Online also has a wide variety of always available e-books on computer technology, software development, information technology, engineering, math, and science. Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium (Overdrive) is good source for computer technology and science e-books to check out and read.

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Want to engage your child with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fun? Looking for science experiments to try at home? Science in Context, Science Reference Center, and World Book Online all have exciting science experiments to learn from. We have print science experiment books on a variety of topics, as well as science fair project websites. Looking for STEM e-books for your kids? We've got those too. And, of course, don't forget to visit our branches for exciting STEM programs that allow children to explore and discover the science of the world around us.

Your kids will be fascinated and intrigued by the programs we are having as part of the Maryland STEM Festival! We'll have STEM-y storytimes, show you how to connect electronics and circuits in creative ways, how to create cool art with floppy disks, a stop motion animation workshop, potions that bubble, and many more exciting STEM events! These events will run all through November, but some require registration.

chemistry teacher teaching kids
A great way to also explore STEM topics with your children is to check out a Go! Kit. The kits are designed to encourage the parent/caregiver and child to actively explore the world around them.  Each kit contains several books, science tools, a mini- iPad with preloaded apps, and a list of the contents of the kit.  Each kit can be borrowed for 2 weeks. We have Little Explorer Go! Kits for ages 3-6 and Young Voyager Go! Kits for grades 3-6.

Interested in trying out new technology? Come to our Digital Media Labs where you can learn and create digital photography, storytelling, video production, graphic design, music videos, social media, animation, computer programming, art, and more. Digital Media Labs are designed for teens and adults.

home and energy efficient symbols
If you're like me, you are looking to ways to save money when it comes to energy costs. October is Energy Action Month and we've got a series of energy exploration events where you can discover tips and projects to save energy and money at home! Topics will include weatherization, lighting, heating/cooling, and energy-efficient appliances. Bring a copy of your utility bill to these programs and you can be entered to win a sustainability kit! This series is co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection, Pepco, and the Department of General Services.

We invite you to explore and discover science and technology at MCPL!

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