Experience STEAM Week at Westlake Porter Public Library

West Shore residents are invited to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics at Westlake Porter Public Library the week of July 16-22. The library has designated that week STEAM Week, and will feature a series of fun and entertaining programs revolving around the disciplines we all need to succeed in today’s world and tomorrow’s.

STEAM Week was conceived several years ago as a complement to the popular Summer Reading Program. Both aim to help kids maintain their academic achievements during the summer so they’re ready to go when school resumes in August. However, it has grown to include programming for adults as well, since much of what we touch today, whether for business or leisure, is grounded in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The programs are as follows:

The Magic of Science: Studies in chemistry, light, magnetism, optical illusions, physics, and mathematics are all demonstrated in an energetic performance. However, each of these topics will appear to the audience as a challenging and astonishing magic trick. If that wasn’t cool enough… sometimes we’ll tell you how to do the trick at home! Registration required. Monday, July 17 (1-1:45 p.m. OR 4-4:45 p.m.)

Makey Makey: Create a banana piano, play video games with Play-Doh, and use your fellow humans to play the bongos with Makey Makey, which can turn any conductive material into a keyboard! Registration required. Tuesday, July 18 (2-3 p.m.)

WPPL’s Annual Egg Drop: Celebrate engineering during STEAM week with your design in our egg drop. Come to the Porter room from 11-11:45 to build your design to hold your egg, then join us at noon in the library lobby for the official egg drop! No registration required. Wednesday, July 19 (11-11:45 a.m.)

Marshmallow Challenge: The task is simple: teams must build a free-standing structure out of spaghetti, tape, string, and a single marshmallow…which team will succeed in building the tallest tower?! Grades 6-9. Registration required. Wednesday, July 19 (3-4 p.m.)

Use the Force: Painting with Magnets! Explore magnetism and create artwork that will look great on your fridge! Ages 3-6. Registration required. Thursday, July 20 (10-10:30 a.m.)

Teen Crafts: Bring out your creativity for the “Art” part of STEAM week by designing your own mug! All supplies provided. Grades 7 and up. No registration required. Thursday, July 20 (2-3:30 p.m.)

From the Mind to the Stage: New Developments in Theater Design Technology: Until recently the field of lighting design has been restricted by the technology that is available. However, there are now new and exciting ways for lighting designers to effectively communicate their ideas. This discussion will explore these new technologies and the ways that the modern designer is using them to further the design process. Registration required. Thursday, July 20 (7-8 p.m.)

Movie Based on the Book Hidden Figures: Finishing off STEAM Week, watch the true “hidden” story of African-American female mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson, whose brilliance helped NASA put a man in orbit. Rated PG. No registration necessary. Friday, July 21 (1-3:15 p.m.)

To register for any of the programs, please call (440) 871-2600 or visit http://westlakelibrary.evanced.info.

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