Science That’s Fun (and Messy!)
Angela Hanshaw | February 24, 2011
The Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride, Colorado, is launching its “No School Science Project” for children tomorrow. Partnering with the Pinhead Institute, the library developed this series of after-school programs to inspire students in grades three to six to learn about science. The four sessions include:
Sticky, Slimy Science: Make an ooey, gooey mess by creating different kinds of slime and comparing them. Mix in different colors and see how the slime changes and if it is most like a liquid or a solid.
Grow and Glow Crystals: Grow different kinds of crystals, even some that glow in the dark.
Eggcellent Egg Drop: Can you drop an egg off the second floor of the library without it breaking? Using different materials, come up with a way to cushion an egg as it falls.
Layering Liquids: Investigate which liquids are lighter than others and what objects float or sink…and why.
Other children’s programming the library has also recently offered includes “Dr. Seuss The Shape Of Me and Other Stuff,” a storybook art project in celebration of Dr. Seuss for toddlers and preschoolers; “Create your own String Scarf” for third through sixth graders; “An introduction to Zumbatomic with Megan,” a fun, healthy, and dynamic way to get kids ages four through seven active; and “Krafty Kidz Valentine Making,” for children of all ages.
Be sure to check out the artwork the library uses to promote their children’s programs. (I’m particularly fond of the Zumabtomic poster!)
Angela Hanshaw is Program Officer/Web Editor for the ALA Public Programs Office.