Youth STEAM

 

HML is proud to offer a wide variety of STEAM programs for youth.

We aim to give every child in our community the opportunity to explore big ideas and new technology. Our STEAM programs are designed not just to teach kids coding or engineering, but also to give them space to fail and get back up again, to experiment and discover without worrying about a grade, and to make friends along the way.

What is STEAM?

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. STEAM education doesn’t just focus on one letter of the acronym at a time but instead integrates them together. STEAM learning emphasizes hands-on activities, discovery, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

The main difference between STEM and STEAM is STEM explicitly focuses on scientific concepts. STEAM investigates the same concepts, but does this through inquiry and problem-based learning methods used in the creative process.

Explainer: what’s the difference between STEM and STEAM?

Fall 2020 STEAM Programs

Weekly Clubs

Official Ozaria art depicting the hero and their dog in a winter landscape looking up at a mysterious tower in the distance.
Embark on an epic coding adventure with Ozaria!

Online Minecraft Club (8 – 12 Yrs)
Register on Eventbrite
Sat. October 3rd, 2020 – Sat. November 21st, 2020, 10:00 – 11:30am
This eight week club will use Minecraft’s educational potential to provide a fun and immersive learning experience. Please note that you must own your own copy of Minecraft: Java Edition to join.

Online Coding Club (Grades 6 – 10)
Register on Eventbrite
Beginner: Thurs. October 1st, 2020 – November 19th, 2020, 4:00 – 5:15pm
Continued: Fri. October 2nd, 2020 – November 20th, 2020, 4:00 – 5:15pm
At this eight-week virtual club, kids will learn a real programming language by playing through the educational game Ozaria! Kids will be able to work independently throughout the week and also meet once a week with the rest of the campers and their coding coach to enjoy learning together.

Those who are new to HML’s Online Code Club, regardless of whether they have other coding experience, will meet on Thursdays at Code Club Beginner to start their Ozaria journey. Kids who have already played Ozaria with HML’s summer Online Code Camp will meet on Fridays at Code Club Continued to pick up where they left off.

Other STEAM Fun

STEAM Ahead To Go (Best for 6 – 14 yrs, but other ages welcome)
First come, first served
4 Mondays: October 5th, October 26th, November 16th, December 7th
On four Mondays this fall, we’ll put out STEAM Ahead To Go bags at the library with a hands-on STEAM activity inside. Just drop in any time to grab a bag! Later in the week, Bridget will guide you through the activity in a video or a video chat.

Curious about what STEAM Ahead to Go is like? You can see all of our past video tutorials on our YouTube channel.

STEAM Club

3D printed lamps designed by STEAM Club participants

This weekly program gives kids an opportunity to work on a high-tech project from start to finish. Working with an instructor, kids set the pace and make the big creative decisions. They do the designing, the wiring (including the soldering!), the coding, and anything else their project requires.

In past Club sessions, we’ve built a Raspberry Pi-powered weather station and a microcontroller-powered art lamp.

STEAM Club is for kids in grades 6 through 9 and is offered every spring and fall programming season. Registration is required.

STEAM Ahead

STEAM Ahead participants made plastic bottle terrariums to learn about the water cycle.

Our STEAM Ahead series offers one-off programs for kids to get familiar with new technologies or concepts. Every STEAM Ahead involves a hands-on activity. It might be an experiment, an engineering challenge, or making something cool to take home.

Previous STEAM Ahead events have included dissecting owl pellets, building a device that would lift a weight using only wind power, and the ever popular Tear Down Night, where kids get to take apart old and obsolete electronics to discover what’s inside.

STEAM Ahead is for kids ages 8 through 12. During every programming season, you can expect to see one or two STEAM Ahead events every month. Registration is required.

Minecraft Club

The entryway a Minecraft Club member built for the zoo the club built

Minecraft Club, our longest running STEAM program, harnesses the power of this popular computer game to foster learning. Kids in this weekly club have done things like:

  • Learn about Mendelian genetics, including phenotypes, genotypes, and incomplete dominance, using Minecraft sheep or pandas
  • Research constellations and build scale replicas of them
  • Practice their circuitry skills using redstone to play a simple song in Minecraft

Minecraft Club is for kids ages 8 through 12. We offer Minecraft Club every spring and fall programming season, and we offer Minecraft Camp every summer. Registration is required.

Summer Camps and Special Events

2019 STEAM Camp & Girls Code Camp

Every summer, the library offers two four-day camps for STEAM enthusiasts: STEAM Camp and Girls Code Camp.

At STEAM Camp, kids get to work together on STEAM challenges. Depending on the summer, it might be trying to code a human robot to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or it might be to build a cardboard “lunar lander.”

At Girls Code Camp, girls get to try their hand at all kinds of different coding activities and languages. At the end of their camp, girls complete a small electronics project that they get to take home, like an LED bracelet that lights up in a wave pattern. This program, led by a female instructor, is designed to help keep girls interested in STEAM and coding at the critical age where they’re most likely to lose interest.

Throughout the year, we also offer special events when we are able. One popular event is our LEGO Robotics Camp, usually offered during students’ February break. The library hosts Dr. Howard Lichtman of Hartwick college and some of his students to run a two-day workshop all about coding LEGO robots.

STEAM Camp and Girls Code Camp are for kids in grades 6 through 8. Ages for special events may vary according to the event. As always, registration is required.