DIY, STEM, STEAM, it's the latest acronyms that you see in the news, blogs, and even at your child's school. Want to get on the bandwagon? I recommend taking a look at some of these books and magazine.
How to Build a Hovercraft: air cannons, magnet motors, and 25 other amazing DIY science projects by Stephen Voltz & Fritz Grobe. These guys are famous for creating fountains of foam using Diet Coke and Mentos. They've now written a book chock full of fun projects to do with the kids. You can learn how to build a hovercraft out of materials found in your garage. Other projects include the self-crushing can, a bar of soap that becomes a mound of foam in seconds and the multiple paper plane launcher.
Make : technology on your time is published by Maker Media. The website MAKE covers electronics, crafts, science, art & design and workshop. In the magazine, you'll learn about Raspberry Pi, Arduino, 3D printing, drones, photography and much more. The back issues of the magazine, which can be checked out, are located on the first floor of the library.
3D Printing with Autodesk by John Biehler will show you how to use this computer software to design your own stuff to print on a 3D printer. 3D printers are becoming cheaper for individuals to purchase for their homes. If you stop at the 2nd floor Reference Desk, you'll see the word READ that was made with a 3D printer. It's the new wave of manufacturing.
Would like a computer, but can't afford one? Try a Raspberry Pi. It's a very small computer that's cost around $40. The library has a few books about this computer and how to program it.