Northeast Ohio Regional Library System - Event Information
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. With STEAM related careers being in such high demand, it is necessary for communities and education organizations and institutions to position themselves in such a way to prepare children, as well as adults, for success in this chosen field.
As key community organizations, libraries play a vital role in collective efforts to address local challenges. Library staff have the skills to support acquisition of literacy skills such as information, digital and media. Additionally, libraries reach a broad, diverse and underserved population. Without the demands of testing or a rigid curriculum, library environments allow youth to engage in interest and passion based learning and to explore a variety of topics in a low-stakes, hands-on setting. Integrating STEAM and STEAM-relevant skill building into that environment will help kids and teens acquire the skills they need to be successful in schools, careers and life.
Join us for this workshop as we learn various ways in which libraries are incorporating STEAM into their programming and communities.
JoAnna Schofield-Children's Librarian-Cuyahoga County Public Library Math Counts! Using Math in Story Time
Many librarians are comfortable incorporating basic math principles in story time, such as counting, number recognition, and shapes, but what other ways can you incorporate mathematics into your regular story time routine? Join JoAnna Schofield, Cuyahoga County Public Library children’s librarian and former mathematics teacher, to explore easy (and cheap!) ways to explore computation, spatial awareness, geometry, measurement, data collection and interpretation, and more!
Jennifer Haag-Children’s Services Supervisor-Cuyahoga County Public Library
It's never too early to start building STEAM skills. During this presentation, we will talk about creating regularly occurring programming that builds science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers that is fun and educational. Jennifer Haag, Children's Services Supervisor at the Fairview Park Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library will provide examples from her branch's monthly Preschool STEAM Club programs.
Jessica Conley, Bolivar Branch Supervisor, and Kathryn Green, Children's Services Manager- Tuscarawas County Public Library System
Jessica and Kathryn will discuss how to make a space in your library that cultivates learning, engages the public and makes your library a weekly destination without breaking the budget through the creation of a STEAM Station. The Station is filled with low and high tech items for ages 1 to 101. First created and implemented at our Bolivar Branch, the success and positive feedback of customers helped pave the way for its inclusion in our library system's main location. This is a great passive programming station for any size library with any size budget.
Rachelle Perry, Youth Services Education and Events Coordinator and Holly Klingler, Research and Innovation Coordinator- Northeast Ohio Regional Library System
Rachelle and Holly will briefly discuss NEORLS's new LSTA grant-funded STEAM kits available for loan. They will also be bringing NEORLS's popular Traveling Tech Lab featuring items for Children, Tweens and Teens. Attendees will have an opportunity to get an up close hands-on look at various gadgets and gizmos such as Ozobot, Samsung Gear VR, The Code-A-Pillar, Dash, Coji, VR Shinecon, BB8 and more!
09:30 AM - 03:30 PM Eastern
Westlake Porter Public Library 27333 Center Ridge Road Westlake, OH 44145