School’s back in session, and with it the library says “goodbye” to another successful Summer Learning program. But our STEM activities for kids, tweens, and families don’t disappear with the sunshine. We youth services librarians have been busy preparing a fun-filled fall for those who want to tinker, play, and learn in a low-stakes environment outside of school. Whether you have a budding engineer desperate to for an opportunity to invent, a numbers nut who wants to play around with mathematics, or a Lego fanatic curious about the buzz of stop-motion animation, Kitsap Regional Library has you covered. We offer STEM programs at each of our eight branches and some programs, like stop-motion animation, happen at multiple places throughout the fall. Below is a list, but more can be found in our Inspire catalog or online calendar.

Project Maker

Poulsbo and Silverdale both offer STEM programs for kids in grades 3-5 on Wednesdays. Project Maker is all about tinkering, exploring, and experimenting with various activities under a specific theme. In September, use microscopes to explore nature at Poulsbo or innovate with K’nex at Silverdale. October at Poulsbo brings an afternoon of building snap circuit rovers on 11/2 and discussion on robots using littleBits on 11/16. Meanwhile, Silverdale makes Lego Stop Motion Movies that month. In November its Poulsbo’s turn for Lego stop motion animation and Silverdale talks about robots.

STEM Wednesday

Downtown Bremerton and Manchester invite kids to explore a new STEM topic each month. At Downtown Bremerton kids in grades K-5 can learn about Gravity, Engineering, and Lego Stop Motion; At Manchester (where registration is required), kids in grades 4-8 can tinker with littleBits and younger kids can learn about the Solar System or their Five Senses.

STEM Friday

The Port Orchard branch holds their STEM programs on Friday afternoons throughout the fall. Tech Explorers work in teams to explore and experiment with new technology, Number Crunches is all about finding the fun in mathematics, Engineering Challenge has kids solve challenges using recycled materials or Legos, and in Life Scientists kids participate in the scientific process in fun and exciting ways.

STEM + Pajamas

The Bainbridge library encourages kids to explore a STEM activity each week from the comfort of their own pajamas. Note this evening program is specifically geared for kids in grades preK-2.

Family + STEM

Little Boston and Poulsbo offer two different family STEM programs. Little Boston invites families to explore a different STEM topic each month, while Poulsbo presents a drop-in style free play program on 9/16, 10/21, and 11/18 with various activities at different stations.

So You Want to Be a…

In Sylvan Way’s new STEM program taking place the third Friday of the month, participants ages 6-11 have an opportunity to explore various STEM careers, such as an entomologist, forensic scientist, and computer programmer. (Registration is required.)

Hope to see your kids tinkering, making, and exploring at one of our fantastic STEM events!

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