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!

September

Newsletter: Let's Eat!

Activity: Science - How Greasy are Your Potato Chips

Read past Newsletter issues

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Check out all of our past Activities

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Coding

Online Events 

Join in for these online programs no matter where you live! Register online to get the Microsoft Teams link information for ALL programs. Please include your email! Teams Help: Download our Help Sheet [PDF] or view our tutorial.

Virtual Engineering Club

Register Online | First Tuesday of the month | 6:30 to 7:30 PM PT

Introduces a new project each month using common household items. For ages 7 to 12. Presented by Downtown Kelowna Library

  • October 4: Jet-powered Boats.  
  • November 1: Suet Bird Feeders 
  • December 6: Genie in a Bottle

 

Intro to Code + Art: Maud Lewis

Register online | Wednesday, September 21 | 3:30 to 5:00 PM PT

For kids ages 8-12! Artist Maud Lewis was famous for her tiny Nova Scotia home, which she painted from top to bottom in her whimsical folk art style. Kids will learn beginner-friendly coding skills using the drag-and-drop block coding platform Scratch and recreate Maud’s masterpieces on their own digital walls. Presented by Vernon Library & Kids Code Jeunesse.

 

Intro to Code + Science: Nibi's Water Song

Register online | Wednesday, September 28 | 3:30 to 5:00 PM PT

For kids ages 8-12! Celebrating the Canadian book, Nibi’s Water Song by Sunshine Tenasco, kids will code a narrative game that explores the universal need for clean drinking water and how individuals can make a difference in the fight against climate change. The project will use foundational Scratch coding skills as a tool to celebrate themes like perseverance, community, and the beauty of protecting Canada’s natural environments. Presented by Vernon Library & Kids Code Jeunesse

 

Intro to Code + Games: Alien Invaders

Register online | Wednesday, October 5 | 3:30 to 4:45 PM PT

For kids ages 8-12! Inspired by the classic “Space Invaders” game, kids will learn to use the drag-and-drop block coding platform Scratch. Set the stage, choose your characters, and build the code to save your spaceship from aliens! 

 

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Reading Lists

Get project ideas, enjoy stories, and learn history with these book suggestions.

 

 

 

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Want more hands-on STEAM experience?

Visit our Makerspaces!

At ORL Makerspaces, you will find equipment and tools for projects, digital media creation, and exploring and learning new technology.

Use Creation Stations for digital design or animation; cut hundreds of different materials for custom DIY projects with our  Cricut Makers; and you can even print three-dimensional objects using our 3D printers.

To see all the equipment offered, how to book a maker station, and to find your nearest library location with a Makerspace, check out ORL Makerspaces.

The details

  • Under 14? Your parent or guardian who is an ORL Maker must come with you to use the equipment.
  • Are you between 14 and 18? You must have your legal guardian sign your Maker Agreement and Makerspace Waiver.

 

View our STEAM videos on YouTube

Check out the ORL YouTube Channel's STEAM Playlist

 

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