Picking Up S.T.E.A.M.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math

Thanks to the grant funding from the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) for the DC Public Library, the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library was able to be one of the libraries that hosted programs encouraging a broader awareness of S.T.E.A.M.
Bug Quilt
S.T.E.A.M. is an innovative educational concept that is changing how arts, math, and science are connecting to technology and engineering in relation to the curriculum of many students. According to the STEM to STEAM website, one of the purposes of S.T.E.A.M. is to encourage integration of art and design in K-20 education. Pertaining to that goal, a number of DC libraries are collaborating with performers and educators throughout the next few months.

One of our innovative programs was in partnership with the very talented artist and educator, Karen Brown of Class Acts Arts. She was able to stop by the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library on April 26, 2014 and put on a workshop titled "Math Quilts". With this program, participants were able to implement mathematical concepts such as symmetry and fractions in creating an art project with roots in the science of insects.

Karen, who is described on the Class Acts Arts website as creating, "excitement while exploring topics such as:  butterfly life-cycle, rain forest, immigration, habitats, weather, transportation, vocabulary-building, plastic bag pollution, and [...] others ..." did great work with several library patrons and helped them to learn math concepts while engaging them in the creation of making a paper "quilt."

All of our participants had a great time and their work can be seen on display behind the reference desk on the children's floor for at least the next few weeks.

We hope you are getting more interested in exploring these concepts on your own! For more information, you should check out some of these great books and stay tuned for our "Incredible Insects" program coming up on May 10th - where, if you choose, you can interact with live bugs!!!

From STEM to STEAM
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