STEM & STEAM
Early childhood Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming is a priority in Pennsylvania libraries. Our state has a long history of STEM programming. Pennsylvania was a pilot state for a program created by the Vermont Center for the Book entitled, What's the Big Idea?: Making Math and Science Come Alive for Children and Families in Your Library. Recent initiatives include hands-on fun for children and families in the form of Block Parties for libraries with the space to accomodate lots of building materials and Wee Build, a similar set of materials for smaller libraries.
Explore the Seven Stages of Block Play described in this brochure from Pierce County Library System!
Check out this new article in School Library journal for ideas and resources:
Surprise - It's STEM for Toddlers!
Here are additional STEM programming ideas from Intentional Storytimes:
This Pinterest page includes both STEM and STEAM programming ideas:
STEM & STEAM Library Programs
Many of our new Cruise into Kindergarten Activity Cards have a STEM and STEAM focus. Download a set and see if they can help you plan a program or share ideas with parents and caregivers!
The Pennsylvania One Book: Every Young Child program provides many resources for STEM & STEAM activities in their downloadable activity guide. Be sure to visit their website for a variety of resources related to this year's selection:
My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora
You can also access past selections and related activities from the site!