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STEAM Programming and Resources

The Santa Barbara Public Library System offers a variety of programming supporting science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics -- STEAM. STEAM represents the practice of incorporating these topics in a multi-disciplinary manner, rather than siloing the concepts from each other.  

Curiosity Club

Kids 7-12 years old are invited to participate in experiments, design challenges, and more, in Central Library's monthly Curiosity Club, which meets third Sundays at 2 pm. Past activities have included magnetic slime, paper airplane building, Rube Goldberg machines, planetary exploration, and more! Check the calendar for this month's activity

Tech Tuesdays

Kids 7-12 years old are invited to tinker with technology! Code with robots, build your own video game, build a circuit, and more! This program introduces technology to kids in a fun environment, and encourage problem solving and teamwork. The Library rotates through classes using the following kits: Bloxels, Wonderbots, Ozobots, Hummingbird Robotics, Little Bits, Snap Circuits, Makey-Makey,  and more. Registration required, and please see the full schedule in the events calendar

October 2: Stop Motion Animation
October 9: Stop Motion Animation
October 16: Stop Motion Animation
October 23: Stop Motion Animation

November 6: Little Bits
November 13: Snap Circuits
November 27: LEGO WeDo

December 4: Coding with Dash and Dot Wonderbots
December 11: Inventing with Makey Makey
December 18: 3D Printing and Design

Makerspace Classes

Kids 7-12 can join us in the Makerspace to tinker with technology, explore new worlds with virtual reality, build, create, invent, make and more! Makerspace classes are introductions to one of the types of technology or tools available in the lab. Participants earn a badge to be able to use technology kits and equipment to work on projects at your own pace in Open Lab. Makerspace classes are always offered on the first Monday of every month, and are also offered periodically on weekends. Registration is required and is available 3 weeks prior to each class. See full schedule in the events calendar

Upcoming classes: 

October 1: Sphero

November 5: Introduction to 3D Printing

December 3: Introduction to Machine and Hand Sewing

Makerspace Open Lab

The Makerspace is open the second, third, and fourth Mondays for Open Lab. Any kid who has earned a badge in any Makerspace or Tech Tuesday class can work on that project independently with support from staff. Registration is not required, but attendance is limited to the first 12 attendees. 

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2018
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