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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December 2018 - May 2019
Schedule for Oakland Public Libraries

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Golden Gate Branch Library
5606 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608

Last Thursday of the month 
3:30-5:00 PM 


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!

Thursday January 31 - Wildlife Garden class #3
Thursday February 28 - Storybook Science
Thursday March 28  - Storybook Science
Thursday April 25 - Storybook Science
Thursday May 30 - Storybook Science


Melrose Branch Library
4805 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601
Second Saturday of the month (Storybook Science)
December and April have Friday Wildlife Garden classes
11:30 am -1 pm

 
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!

Friday December 7: Wildlife garden class #3 
Saturday January 12 - Storybook Science
Saturday February 9 - Storybook Science
Saturday March 9- Storybook Science
Saturday April 13 - Storybook Science

Friday April 26  - Wildlife Garden class #4

Saturday May 11 - Storybook Science


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Dimond Branch Library
3565 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland, CA 94602
Second Saturday of Each Month 
3:30-5:00pm
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...

December 8 - Storybook Science
January 12 - Storybook Science
February 9 - Storybook Science
March 9- Storybook Science
April 13   Storybook Science
May 11 - Storybook Science


Elmhurst Branch Library
1427 88th Ave, Oakland, CA 94621

January 18
3:30-5:00pm
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...


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Piedmont Branch Library
80 Echo Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

January 19
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...

If you’re going to begin to rethink what a space should look like and what a learning environment should look like, if you start with a library, then you’ve started with a space that can be shared by everyone in the building.

- Kecia Ray

- Executive director for the Center for Digital Education, EdTechmagazine.com

Research from the National Science Foundation has indicated that with increasing pressure and demands on classroom educators, public libraries have become the best place for students to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and many STEM professionals have indicated that library programs were the basis of their career interests.

- EdTechmagazine.com