03 22, 2021

Engineering Egg-u-cation

By |2021-03-22T13:59:19-04:00March 22, 2021|

Mentor Firefighter Jerry Craddock drops one of the egg-drop contraptions that our young engineers built.

Mentor Firefighter Jerry Craddock drops one of the egg-drop contraptions that our young engineers built.

Kids got an egg-u-cation in engineering when they designed their Egg Drop Devices! We tested them this morning with the help of our friends from Mentor Fire Department!

Congratulations to Audrey, Brayden, Brooke, Elizabeth, Gabriel, Holden, Liam, Libby, Peyton, Thomas, and Trevor whose eggs all survived the drop! And to all our young engineers whose eggs got a little scrambled – never fear! – we learn how to build better machines by testing their limits.

Lastly, we want to apologize. Our camera had a mechanical malfunction, so we don’t have any video from the egg drops. All the more reason to try this again soon!

Egg Dropped

01 20, 2020

Building roller coasters at the library

By |2020-01-20T06:00:40-05:00January 20, 2020|

Sissy and Elena build a roller coaster through the shelves of our Headlands Branch.

Sissy and Elena build a roller coaster through the shelves of our Headlands Branch.

We transformed our Headlands Branch into a theme park during our Curious Kids program.

Kids built roller coasters with foam pipe insulation tubes and paper towel rolls. Then they sent marbles down them. They quickly learned that they could adjust their coasters to increase the speed of the marbles. Physics!

By the way, you can perform a similar experiment with pool noodles and marbles, if you want.

The kids see how much ballast their boats can hold before they sink.

The kids see how much ballast their boats can hold before they sink.

For bonus physics fun, the children also built boats from aluminum foil. Then they saw how many pennies they could stash on board before their boats sank.

Each month, we use games, activities, and even crafts to teach the tenets of STEAM. That stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math, if you’re unfamiliar with the acronym.

But there are a lot of ways the library can help your kid or you learn about science, tech, and more. Here are just five:

  1. 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.
  2. Our Lake Branch 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. Visit the state-of-the-art makerspace at The HUB in Mentor High School. Library patrons can use The HUB’s laser engraver, heat press, large-format printer, and green-screen studio for school, work, and personal projects. We also have 3D printers that you can use at Main.
  4. Both our Main and Headlands branches host monthly STEAM programs. Full STEAM Ahead will meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at our Main Branch. Meanwhile, the next Curious Kids gathering is at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, at our Headlands Branch.
  5. Browse our shelves! They’re packed with books full of fun science experiments that you can do with your children
12 8, 2019

Testing popsicle-stick catapults

By |2019-12-08T06:00:21-05:00December 8, 2019|

Kids built fortresses from plastic cups and catapults out of popsicle sticks, rubberbands, and plastic spoons last week at our Main Branch. Then they used their artillery to pelt each others’ fortresses.

Each month, we use games, activities, and even crafts to teach the tenets of STEAM. That stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math, if you’re unfamiliar with the acronym.

But there are a lot of ways the library can help your kid or you learn about science, tech, and more. Here are just five:

  1. 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.
  2. Our Lake Branch 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. Visit the state-of-the-art makerspace at The HUB in Mentor High School. Library patrons can use The HUB’s laser engraver, heat press, large-format printer, and green-screen studio for school, work, and personal projects. We also have 3D printers that you can use at Main.
  4. Each of our branches host monthly STEAM programs. The programs at Lake and Main are on hiatus for the holidays and will return in January. However, the Curious Kids Club is meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9 at our Headlands Branch.
  5. Browse our shelves! They’re packed with books full of fun science experiments that you can do with your children
04 27, 2019

Duck when you enter the Drone Zone

By |2019-04-27T06:00:21-04:00April 27, 2019|

Kids design

Kids design buildings out of note cards and tape during our STEAM program at Mentor Public Library.

The kids who came to our STEAM program on Tuesday designed buildings out of note cards and tape. Then they tried to navigate drones through their skylines. The design and engineering went well.

The drones… well… you can see for yourself.

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, May 11.
  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, May 28. This time we’re focusing on technology.
  5. We have a 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 May 7.

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.

03 8, 2019

Make catapults, launch marshmallows at our Headlands Branch

By |2019-03-08T06:00:14-05:00March 8, 2019|

Make catapults and launch marshmallows at our Headlands Branch on March 23.

Make catapults and launch marshmallows at our Headlands Branch on March 23.

Go medieval!

Kids can build their own catapults and launch marshmallows at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at our Headlands Branch.

The young engineers can compete for the longest launch and best aim. The winner will receive a prize.

The program is free to attend and open to all kids from nine to 12 years old. However, we do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 257-2000.

By the way, we have several books on how to build catapults for both kids and adults, as well as other cool engineering projects you can make with your family. And they’re all free to borrow with your library card!

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