I'm Interested in STEM and STEAM

Interested in STEM and STEAM in libraries? Check out these sessions.

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Coding @ the Library: Lessons Learned from IMLS Funded Projects for Jumpstarting Computer Science Programs in Your Library
Saturday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
From the “CS for All” initiative to ALA’s Ready to Code program, there is tremendous emphasis in recent years on ensuring that young people develop the skills they need to succeed in the global digital economy. As trusted community hubs for inquiry-based lifelong learning, libraries are uniquely positioned to provide patrons with the opportunities to develop these skills, but may be unsure where or how to start. In this session, IMLS grantees will share resources and lessons learned from their projects, and suggest replicable and affordable solutions for librarians looking to initiate or enhance similar programs in their communities. 

[email protected] My Library: STEM Programming and Strategic Planning
Saturday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Solano County Library was one of 75 libraries across the United States selected for the [email protected] My Library program, which supports STEM education and programs for rural and economically challenged communities. Learn how Solano County Library enabled its staff to utilize NASA resources to engage and foster relationships within those communities. 


Citizen Science and Libraries - Strange Bedfellows or Dream Dates?
Sunday 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Libraries are community anchors, promoting civic engagement, cultural opportunities, economic vitality, and lifelong learning. Science is our most reliable system of gaining new knowledge. If Citizen Science is public involvement in the inquiry and discovery of new scientific knowledge, doesn't it make sense that libraries should be aware, if not involved, with this opportunity? 

Ready To Learn: Public Media and Library Partnerships for Early Science and Literacy Learning
Sunday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
As communities work to ensure that all children have a strong start in life and learning, libraries play a vital role in connect families to high-quality resources that promote learning anytime, anywhere. One approach to this service is through partnership with local public media stations under the CPB-PBS Ready To Learn (RTL) initiative, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. RTL aims to improve early science and literacy learning for children ages two to eight from low-income communities through the development and distribution of free, evidence-based content and resources for children, their families, and caregivers. 

Learning from Each Other: Intergenerational Learning with Storytelling and STEM
Sunday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Beginning with the shared understanding that all learning is cultural, the National Science Foundation funded "Backpacks for Science Learning" collaboration between the University of Washington Bothell, The University of Washington, The Seattle Public Library, Pacific Science Center, and Highline Native Education Program set out to study and facilitate family learning experiences with robotics and e-textiles. In order to develop culturally-responsive, strengths-based programming for learners of all ages, project partners leverage their respective expertise, practice community listening with community-based organizations and families, and continually iterate and adjust programs to fit unique community opportunities.


Citizen Science for Libraries
Monday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Citizen science is happening all around you! Citizen scientists in your community are participating in bird and butterfly counts, contributing to Alzheimer’s research, monitoring air quality, and collecting genetic information--all furthering and advancing our greater scientific knowledge. Citizen science is an amazing way to participate in health-focused research efforts, and it can often be done from a mobile device, from one’s home, or from a library. Libraries are ideal partners for citizen scientists! In this session, participants can expect to learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can easily participate. Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. Nor prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate! 

Partnerships to Advance STEM Programming
Monday 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Learn how libraries across North America are successfully developing multi-sector partnerships to enhance STEM programming in their libraries. The Urban Libraries Council and partners of the Partners for Middle School STEM project funded by Institute of Museum and Library Services will share current practices, approaches and collaborative strategies to expand out-of-school STEM education activities.