Wonderlab: a STEAM program

If your child enjoys Wonderlab, check out this summer's hands-on Outerspace STEAM Lab Series for preschool to elementary grades in the Lower Level Meeting Room.

Loony Lunar Phases
Wed., June 12 | 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Kids will recreate the shapes of the lunar phases using Oreo® cookies, and then place them in correct order to reveal the repeating pattern! Through song and story, participants consider how our culture would differ without the moon changing shape in the sky over time. They will use words inspired by the moon to write a short poem.

Jump to Jupiter
Wed., July 10 | 10 a.m.
Participants jump through a course from the grapefruit-sized “Sun,” past poppy-seed-sized “Earth,” and on to marble-sized “Jupiter” — and beyond!

Exploration: Mars
Wed., July 24 | 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Why do we want to visit the “Red Planet?” Build a rover or other space craft to journey to Mars. Kids will hear about past and current missions and what scientists have learned so far.

Stomp Rockets
Wed., Aug. 7 | 10 a.m.
Kids will transform an ordinary sheet of paper into an extraordinary rocket and launch it with a STOMP! Along the way, they will explore how and why rockets fly.

How Big? How Far? How Hot? Sorting Games
Wed., Aug. 14 | 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Through engaging sorting activities, compare and contrast bodies in space to begin thinking about our place in the universe. Kids will be introduced to concepts such as size, distance, and temperature, and older patrons explore these concepts in greater depth.

Wonderlab was created by library staff to give children the opportunity to explore and experiment using the principles of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Ages 6 to 9.
Register at the Children's Desk or call 236-5208. | 6 p.m. | Lower Level Meeting Room

April 17 - Build a Kite
This test flight in Explorer’s Grove led to a very sad librarian!

April brings with it some wonderfully blustery days – perfect weather for flying kites! So, to get Wonderlab off the ground, we’ll explore the science behind kite flight and construct our very own diamond kite!

Previously in Wonderlab:
April 3 - Birdfeeders
When we put a birdfeeder in Explorer’s Grove, we had a surprise visit from an exotic friend!

As we head (hopefully!) into spring, many more of our fine-feathered friends will be returning from their southern vacations. What could be a better welcome than a carefully constructed, full bird feeder? If you agree, join us for a Wonderlab that’s (literally) for the birds!



March 6 - Intro to Coding
We investigated key building blocks of computational thinking - thinking about problems so that computers can solve them. We explored sequencing, decomposition, functions and debugging; skills that will remain relevant no matter how technology changes. And, Wonderlabbers got to meet Cubetto!