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 this topics in a multi-disciplinary manner, rather than segmenting them.
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.
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.
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.
October 1: Sphero
November 5: Introduction to 3D Printing
December 3: Introduction to Machine and Hand Sewing
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.