All Things STEAM


Welcome to All Things STEAM, a resource for offering library programming in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. When it comes to developing my STEAM programming, I have a number of go-to resources that I use for inspiration and concept knowledge support. I've gathered links to those resources, my program how-tos, and other STEAM resources for your convenience. I'll be updating as I have more links to share, so bookmark this page and get programming! And if you'd ever like to bounce ideas around, please comment here or start a conversation on Twitter (I'm @amyeileenk). I'm always up for a STEAM discussion.

My Library's STEAM Programs
   
Preschool Science Series:

     School-Age Science Series:

     STEAM Programs:

     STEAM Story Time Crafts:


Other STEAM Program Plans & Ideas

     Check out the School Library Journal STEAM Pinterest page, where I pin all sorts of STEAM programs for all ages from across the blogosphere.



Other Libraries Doing STEAM


Preschool STEAM Resources


School-Age STEAM Resources

Resources for Explaining STEAM Concepts


Finding STEAM Books


Why STEAM


Updated 4/23/2014

12 comments:

  1. You da best, Amy. I'm going to starting a monthly Preschool Science and Math program and these are excellent resources. Thank you!

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    1. I'm glad you find them useful, Kelsey! As always, ping me if you want to talk ideas.

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  2. Hi Amy! I've been dying to do more preschool science stuff and our patrons have been wanting more activities for their preschoolers than just storytime. How long do your preschool sessions last? Do you only read the one book and leave the rest to science?
    Thanks!

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    1. Hi, Kendra! I'm glad you're interested in making preschool science available to your customers. Any help I can provide, just ask!

      My preschool science programs typically last about 45 minutes, although some families finish our experiments/activities quicker than others. I usually share one story as a read-aloud for our focus text. After the read-aloud and while we're still in our story time area, we talk about the science. Sometimes that involves retelling the story in our own words with a focus on the science, sometimes it means exploring our concept through felt pieces, etc. The result is that we have about 20 minutes of "story time" with the read-aloud and our discussion, then 25 minutes for unrushed experiment exploration.

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  3. Have you had any luck finding grants that can be used to supply STEAM materials?

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  4. Have you had any luck finding STEAM-related grants?

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    1. I'm fortunate in that my library has good internal program funding, so I'm not as well-versed on STEAM grants as I could be. A few resources:
      LEGO Children's Fund (http://www.legochildrensfund.org/)
      IMLS (http://www.imls.gov/about/stem.aspx)
      Afterschool Alliance (http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/STEMfunding.cfm)
      American Honda Foundation (http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf)

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  5. Hi,

    We love your ideas!! We also have STEM themed programs but we call it S.M.Art Kids. Check out our blog of programs here: radnorlibrarysmartkids.wordpress.com

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  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you for collecting all of these wonderful ideas and putting them in one place! These will be a HUGE help this summer during our Fizz, boom, read summer programming!

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    1. I'm glad it'll be useful to you, Amber!

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  7. Amy,
    Wow, I am planning on teaching a 4 day long class of 1st and 2nd graders for 3 hours each day and I want to use the STEAM in the class. I am planning on focusing on Fairy Tales and have just found the blog with your STEM information about The Three Pigs. I was wondering if you have created any STEAM for any other fairy tales you could share with me? Thank you! Tammy

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    1. I haven't explicitly connected other fairy tales to STEAM, but there's lots of potential there. Things that dissolve with The Gingerbread Man, speed with The Tortoise and the Hare, etc.

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