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

02 28, 2020

Teaching symmetry with snowflakes

By |2020-02-28T06:00:53-05:00February 28, 2020|

Children make enormous symmetrical snowflakes out of colored popsicle sticks at Mentor Public Library's STEAM program.

Children make enormous symmetrical snowflakes out of colored popsicle sticks at Mentor Public Library’s STEAM program.

Kids learned about symmetry by making snowflakes – both out of paper and popsicle sticks – this week at our Main Branch.

The children not only got to get crafty, but they learned a little about geometry.

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. Our Headlands Branch also hosts a monthly STEAM Club. Curious Kids will meet for a Trivia Night at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 9.
  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
09 25, 2019

Chemical Reactions & Explosions

By |2019-09-25T10:09:41-04:00September 25, 2019|

Our kids learned about chemical reactions this week with some classic experiments, including making elephant toothpaste, filling a balloon with vinegar and baking soda, and (of course) mixing Mentos and Diet Coke.

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 six:

  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, Oct. 12.
  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, Oct. 22. This time we’re focusing on technology.
  5. Kids can enjoy science experiments and other fun activities with the Curious Kids club at our Headlands Branch. The next meeting is at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14. See new things and challenge yourself to be more curious about our world.
  6. Browse our shelves! They’re packed with books full of fun science experiments that you can do with your children
09 7, 2019

Relays that test your math skills

By |2019-09-07T06:00:04-04:00September 7, 2019|

Kids test their math skills during relays at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Kids test their math skills during relays at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Kids played some relay games that put our math skills to the test last week at our Main Branch.

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. 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, Sept. 14.
  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, Sept. 24. This time we’re focusing on science.
  5. Browse our shelves! They’re packed with books full of fun science experiments that you can do with your children

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