Charlie and Sarah make a sweet tower out of toothpicks and gumdrops.

Charlie and Sarah make a sweet tower out of toothpicks and gumdrops.

Our STEAM kids had a cup full of gumdrops, 100 toothpicks & 15 minutes to build the tallest possible tower.

Then — plot twist — they had to combine all of their towers to build an enormous mega-tower.

It was a sweet way to learn about engineering and architecture.

For those who aren’t familiar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math. And here are five resources we have for any family that want to learn more about these topics.

  1. Our Picking Up STEAM Club meets each month at our Lake Branch to explore the weird and wonderful world of science and math. The next meeting is 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. We’re learning about optical illusions.
  2. Our Lake Branch also has a STEAM station where fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.
  3. Additionally, kids can check out the STEAM kits at our Main Branch. Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Design a race car or an amusement park ride. Learn the basics of coding with an Ozobot. Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk.
  4. Our Main Branch is hosting another STEAM program at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. This time we’re focusing on art.
  5. We have a brand new coding club at our newest location — The HUB (which is inside Mentor High School.) Join us at 3:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. In this self-paced club, kids (fourth grade and higher) can earn badges as they reach certain milestones. Earn all the badges to become a Programming Wizard! The next meeting is Jan. 8.

Finally, don’t forget about the thousands of books and videos we have to offer. Whatever niche of science, technology or art your child cares about, we can help them learn more about it.