The Keene Public Library announces a virtual series of STEM programs for children ages two through six and their parents and caregivers. Children will explore engineering and other STEM concepts through play and hands-on exploration! These programs are for families; an adult caregiver must learn along with their child.
Children ages two through six and their parents or caregivers are invited to tune in on Monday mornings at 11 a.m. for a 15-minute to 30-minute Zoom STEM storytime to kick start a week of TINKER PLAY.
Throughout the week, parents and caregivers will login to our virtual learning portal at Niche Academy, where various hands-on where parents will learn the importance of STEM play and tinkering and how to introduce and model STEM play with their children. Various activities will be presented, and materials will be provided in the take-home activity bag. Parents and caregivers can supplement the materials with various recyclables they have at home, but all the necessary items will be provided. Kids and parents or caregivers will then have fun tinkering and playing with STEM throughout the week. On Fridays, we'll get together again on Zoom to share some of the things we've made, but don't let the making stop. You can continue the fun through the weekend.
This is a three-week program designed for children and parents or caregivers to learn together. Although attendance at the Zoom events is not required, families should commit to participating each week in the online learning portal and at-home activities. Children will have fun playing with STEM, and Tinkering and adults will learn how to be a STEM mentor.
Families will receive support all week long through emails and social media posts. Then on Fridays at 11 a.m., we'll get together on Zoom to share what we learned.
During this program series, young children ages 2 to 6 will play with materials and real tools. Activities we will explore are engineering and building imaginative homes, building and playing with rams, and measuring and mixing various concoctions in the kitchen or yard.
The first 20 families to register will receive a bag with age-appropriate tools, materials, and other possibilities for STEM and TINKER PLAY.
This project is funded through a three-year Community Anchors National Leadership g grant (#LG-95-18-0191-18) through the Institute of Museum and Library Servies (IMLS). IMLS projects address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archives fields and can advance theory and practice with new tools, research findings, models, services, methods, or alliances. For more information, please call the Youth Department at 603-757-1856.