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Pierce County Library's "Science to Go" Backpacks

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This looks pretty cool! I just want to share this as a neat idea I just heard about. This library gives parents a backpack full of great science books and activities to do together. Could be a good way to increase science books circulation, provide good nonfiction reader's advisory, and also support Common Core Standards. Kudos, Pierce County Library!

Curiosity Machine: Hands-on Science at the Pasadena Public Library

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This summer I tried a new science workshop at the Pasadena Central Library, for tweens ages 9 and up, using the website http://www.curiositymachine.org. This is a great website for librarians, teachers and homeschooling parents, with its collection of projects, how-to videos, and opportunities for children to interact with scientists and get feedback on their projects.

Free science classes are definitely in high demand, and even after I split it up into two classes the spots filled up right away! We started each class learning about some science concept and then applying what we learned to a hands-on challenge. We learned about Newton’s laws of motion, tessellations, the aerodynamics of bird flight, and simple machines. We:

Shot stomp rockets,



Made bird wings that could be flapped hard enough to rotate us around in an office chair,



Engineered honeycomb structures strong enough to hold a stack of dictionaries,



And designed sharp levers for picking up and breaking eggs.