St. Ann kids get building blocks of success

May 31, 2017 by  

Children in the St. Ann area are getting excited for the library’s back to back interactive workshops: Intro to STEM and STEM Challenge with Lego Materials.

The dual events are meant to encourage creativity and help children discover a love of building, and are part of a concerted effort on the part of the city to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) among children and youth in the area. Often, jobs in these fields go unfilled or are given to other countries because there are not enough trained people available.

The two events will use thousands of Lego blocks as well as the Play-Well TEKnology system. A Play-Well instructor will be on hand to help guide participants through the use of the tech and the basics of combining it with Lego.

In the Intro to STEM, the instructor will guide the group through some engineer designed projects and encourage them to try some of their own designs. In the STEM Challenge, the instructor will support participants as they try to use their parts to solve problems from the world of physics, architecture, engineering, and mathematics. Booklet printings of the projects and challenges will be provided.

Intro to STEM will take place on June 12 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, and STEM Challenge will take place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Rock Road Branch Library, located at 10267 St. Charles Rock Rd. Registration is required for both events. Into to STEM is restricted to ages five to seven while STEM Challenge is for ages eight to twelve. For more information, please contact the library directly.