STEM Storytimes Starting on Sundays this Fall

October 13, 2016 | Diane

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Fall apples and leaves
Fall leaves and apples by Catkin via Pixabay

Autumn is such a beautiful season, isn't it? It's also a terrific time to appreciate the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts that are all around us. Not convinced? Well, the leaves on the trees that are changing colour and falling are examples of scientific concepts, and the rakes used to tidy them are tools, or examples of technology. The machines harvesting apples for cider are examples of engineering, and sorting apples based on their colour or size are math concepts. By talking about STEM and pointing out such examples to children, we can help them develop language and background knowledge about these ideas and encourage them to be curious about the world around them.

STEM Storytimes at Toronto Public Library foster the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills by providing opportunities for kids to experiment, and help families discover easy and fun ways to incorporate STEM learning into everyday activities. To help more families access these programs this fall, STEM Storytimes are being offered on Sundays at 17 branches across the city, for children aged 3 - 8 and their parents and caregivers.

Kids will get a chance to experiment with activities related to space, robotics, flight and measurement and tackle questions like "why do stars twinkle?" and "what happens when you stick the vibrating motor of a battery-powered toothbrush into a swimming pool noodle?" (You get a "Noodle Robot", of course!)

Noodle robots
Noodle robots in action!

To find a program near you and learn more about registering, click here. Spaces will fill quickly, so don't delay! 

Interested to learn more about these topics? Here are a few great stories:

Science - Space

Chicken in space  Older than the stars  The way back home

Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt (Ages 3 - 7)

Older Than the Stars by Karen C. Fox (Ages 7 - 11)

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers (Ages 3 - 7)

Technology - Robotics

Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep  Doug Unplugged  Oh no or how my science project destroyed the world

Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep by Todd Tarpley (Ages 3 - 6)

Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino (Ages 3 - 7)

Oh no!, or, How my Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett (Ages 5 - 8)

Engineering - Flight

Airplanes soaring turning diving  Planes  Planes fly

Airplanes: Soaring! Diving! Turning! by Patricia Hubbell (Ages 3 - 7)

Planes by Julie Murray (Ages 3 - 7)

Planes Fly! by George Lyon (Ages 3 - 6)


Math - Measurement

Inch by inch  The dragons scales  Who sank the boat

Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni (Ages 3 - 6)

The Dragon's Scales by Sarah Albee (Ages 6 - 8)

Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen (Ages 3 - 6)