STEM Library programs

A setting gaining great popularity as an opportune location for informal STEM education is the public library. Libraries’ roles are evolving to respond to the education needs in the communities they serve - going beyond the popular summer reading programs (Public Libraries and Effective Summer Learning: Opportunities for Assessment) to include STEM. Libraries in Oakland are well positioned to host a SAfG program for two reasons. First, for many communities, libraries are considered safe, inclusive spaces. Second, libraries serve as regular meeting places for children and their families throughout the school year and summer. Research and evidence show that when parents and caregivers model interest and engage in STEM activities it is more likely for the children, especially girls and underrepresented groups in STEM, to remain interested in science and math.

Scientific Adventures for Families Free Drop-in Library Programs

SAfG, in conjunction with the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Oakland Public Library, is continuing its free STEM Library Programs during the 2018-2019 school year.

All are welcome to attend. 

 
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June - August 2019
Schedule for Oakland Public Libraries

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Dimond Branch Library
3565 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland, CA 94602
Saturdays (June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27) 
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Curriculum: Storybook Science 

Who doesn’t love a good story? Do you ever think about what YOU would do differently in the same situation? In this next series of science adventures, participants will engineer happier endings to a variety of familiar tales. With hands-on design challenges, we explore each tale to find solutions to the problem, using the Engineering Design Process to guide our work. We will design, build and test our one-of-a-kind creations, improving upon them with each iteration, imagining how our work applies to real world engineering challenges. Help Little Red deliver her get well goodies to grandma with a zip line, protect Humpty Dumpty from the fall, design a wolf-proof house and more! The End is where our work begins...


81st Ave. Library
1021 81st Ave., Oakland, CA 94621
Tuesdays (June 11, June 18, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Curriculum: Storybook Science

 
Are you UP for a CHALLENGE? Scientific Adventures for Families presents a new STEAM project each month, designed to put your creative, collaborative mind to the test. Help us to research and design a new wildlife friendly habitat space for the Melrose and Golden Gate Library branches this fall to see what impact simple changes can have!


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West Oakland Library
1801 Adeline St., Oakland, CA 94607
Fridays (June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2
3:00-4:30pm
Curriculum: Storybook Science 

Who doesn’t love a good story? Do you ever think about what YOU would do differently in the same situation? In this next series of science adventures, participants will engineer happier endings to a variety of familiar tales. With hands-on design challenges, we explore each tale to find solutions to the problem, using the Engineering Design Process to guide our work. We will design, build and test our one-of-a-kind creations, improving upon them with each iteration, imagining how our work applies to real world engineering challenges. Help Little Red deliver her get well goodies to grandma with a zip line, protect Humpty Dumpty from the fall, design a wolf-proof house and more! The End is where our work begins...