STEAM @ the Library

Looking for fun and educational STEAM activities you can do at home?

You can find activities incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) created by our library staff. 

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Newsletter & Activity of the Month

Read our STEAM Newsletters for a ton of library recommended STEAM activities, podcasts, programs and more for all ages! PLUS get printable instructions for one very special ORL original Activity of the Month. Each month we’ll take you on a STEAM adventure. There’s something here for everyone!

October

Newsletter: A Spooktacular Month [PDF]

Activity: Science - Ghost Balloons [PDF]

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Coding

Online Events for Kids

Coding Club

Register Online

Every Thursday | 5:30 to  6:30 PM | Ages 8 to 12+

Online Coding Club is a fun and interactive coding program for young coders. We learn, create, develop and play together!

First time to Coding Club? Register online for our 5:00 PM Intro to Coding Club class. We will show the development platforms and familiarize you with the coding tools, so you will feel excited, prepared and confident!

 

Engineering Club

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1st Tuesday of the Month | 6:30 to 7:30 PM | Ages 7 to 11 

Come on out and dive deep into exciting engineering projects with us! Learn how common everyday items found in your home can be used to understand basic scientific principles used by engineers.

 

Online Events for Teens

Recreational Math Club

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1st & 3rd Thursdays of the Month | 3:30 to 4:30 PM | Ages 12 to 16  

Learn to unravel math riddles, simplify logic problems, and more in this recreational math program. Together, we'll dive into tools and techniques that can be used to make math make sense. Begins September 17.

 

MakerSpace Software Series

Each month dive into the software behind our MakerSpace creations: video editing foundations, Cricut designs, artistic animations, 3D modelling and more. Download free software at home and follow along with us! Beginners welcome. Basic computer skills required.

September: 3D Modeling a Fairy Door in TinkerCAD

Register Online  

Wednesday, September 23 | 3:30 to 4:30 PM 

Watch and Learning TinkerCAD: Discover the basics of the online 3D modeling software to create a unique design. Watch a 3D model be designed live and understand how the digital tools work: Manipulating the workplane, choosing shapes, creating voids, aligning and joining objects to be a complete rendition ready to be printed on a 3D printer! (https://www.tinkercad.com/)

Great for beginners or those wanting to learn something new. No previous experience required - TinkerCAD is accessible, high quality, and free to use!

 

October: Idea to CRICUT! Using Inkscape to make custom projects

Register Online

Tuesday, October 20 | 5:30 to 6:30 PM 

Go from graphic making basics to making a design for the CRICUT Maker. In this 1-hour program, we will jump into Inkscape (a free program you can download at home) and make a pumpkin graphic that we can turn into CRICUT projects! We will go over creating a flat graphic for 1 colour, and multi-layered graphics for multi-colours and multi-cuts. (https://inkscape.org/)

 

November: Intro to Video Editing - Windows 10 Video Editor

Registration Starts November 1

Friday, November 20 | 3:30 to 4:30 PM

In this 1-hour program, we will do an introduction to video editing using the free video editor included with Windows 10. This program is designed to give the patron basic understanding of the following video editing concepts: Learn how to insert, cut, combine and rotate clips. Plus adding music and text. Then finishing with exporting your movie and more.

 

December: Watch and Learn Blender 3D

Registration Starts November 12

Thursday, December 3 | 3:30 to 4:30 PM 

Learn some 3D polygon-modelling basics and see why Blender is such a powerful and exciting digital tool! We’ll use this free and open-source 3D modelling software to build a small 3D scene and produce a photo-realistic rendered image of it. Learn some terminology, how to navigate the 3D viewport, and explore Blender’s many features! (https://www.blender.org/)

 

TinkerCAD Contest

All Ages - Kids, Teens, & Adults

Submit your best TinkerCAD 3D design to us for a chance to get it printed on our MakerBot!

This Season's Challenge: Make something...Decorative!

  • Sign up for TinkerCAD at www.tinkercad.com (it’s free!)
  • Make your most awesomest design ever
  • Submit your design to our Maker Crew
  • The best design for the Kids, Teens, and Adults categories will get their design printed with our MakerBot Pro!

Starts: October 1, 2020

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Submit your design to: westside@orl.bc.ca

Checklist of a print:

  • Made in TinkerCAD: Original design and not copyrighted
  • No bigger than 20 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm
  • If sliced the max print time is 6 hours (our TAs will slice)

Do:

  • Keep on theme
  • Have at least 2 cm of surface area touching the build plate
  • Have thinnest part of your design more than 2 mm thick

As usual:

  • No weapons
  • Family friendly
  • Made with PLA
  • Printed in a single colour
  • The print slicer and printer will be Makerbot

New to TinkerCAD? Watch our demonstration of 3D Modeling Basics on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4srBEyuIbw.

 

View our STEAM videos on YouTube

Check out the ORL YouTube Channel's STEAM Playlist

 

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