Solar S’more Ovens

Going green can be tasty! Did you know that you can make s’mores in a solar oven? That was the experiment we did this week at the library. Here are instructions so you can try this at home. Please note that this project requires the use of sharp tools and high temperatures, so grab a grown-up and take precautions. Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Solar Oven:

For Kids: Make Your Own Mason Jar Planter

Spring is here, which means Mother’s and Father’s Days are right around the corner! Need a last-minute gift idea for a favorite parental figure in your life? On April 26th, I will be hosting Project Maker: Mason Jar Planters at the Poulsbo Library from 3:30-5pm in our Community Room. Kitsap Regional Library is offering a similar program for adults, but the one at Poulsbo is particularly aimed at kids.

Why STEM?

We have many STEM programs throughout the fall this year. You'll find kids in the library building K'NEX bridges, designing video games, bird-watching, and participating in numerous additional programs helping develop science, technology, engineering, and math skills.                                              

You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Science!

Science can be scrumptious, especially when your experiment results in delicious ice cream.  We recently did this project at the Kingston and Little Boston Libraries as the grand finale for our summer STEM programs and it was a big hit. 

Enjoying ice cream in the shade of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Longhouse

Here are directions for you do try this at home:

Ice Cream Ingredients

In a quart-size Ziploc bag, mix together:

Map It!

What is a map?

A map is a drawing that tells you about a place. It shows a view from above, like the view you get looking down from an airplane or a satellite.  A map also shows the view from below if it is a star map. 

“Map” comes from the Latin word “mappa,” meaning napkin or cloth, on which medieval maps were drawn.  However, maps have been made from many types of materials throughout history, including clay, stone, ivory, sticks and footprints!

STEMify Your Summer

The below blog post was written by Cole, a BiblioTEC Intern at our Poulsbo location. BiblioTEC internships are supported by a grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and provide teens and young adults (ages 16-25) with the opportunity to gain real world job experience while developing 21st century skills. They also help to make the Library's youth STEM programs more awesome.

Gardening with Kids

If the daffodils, cherry blossoms, and tulips sprouting everywhere didn’t convince you, then last weeks’ beautiful warm weather must have shown that spring is officially here. And what’s a better way to spend spring outside than gardening? I may only have a balcony with container planters instead of a yard with a garden, but I’m still itching to plant tomatoes, carrots, and green beans. While it may still be a bit early for planting vegetables, it’s not too early to start preparing your garden—and your little gardener—for what’s to come.

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