From our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
The North Carolina Science Festival is a statewide, month-long celebration of STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library locations are proud to host official NC Science Festival events for children, teens and adults, like kitchen chemistry, 3D printing, rookie science, coding, the science of home brew, the great egg drop, astronomy and much more.
Here are just a few ways you can get your science on at the Library this month:
1. Enjoy a STEM program at a library near you
Search for Kelvin the Robot and win prizes at Plaza Midwood Library and Steele Creek Library throughout the month of April. Take your youngest scientist to a science-themed storytime at ImaginOn. Prove your preteen and teen’s engineering skills with a life size game of Angry Birds at Mountain Island Library. NC Science Festival isn’t just fun for children and teens – there are plenty of great programs for adults too! You can finally understand why you love chocolate so much by learning the science behind how it affects the brain at University City Regional Library, or bring out your crafty side with a science of clay workshop at Hickory Grove Library. Check out the Library’s online calendar for a full list of STEM programming through the end of April (and beyond!).
Can’t make it to a library? Check out science programs available on demand through the Library’s Digital Branch.
2. Tap into library resources to ace your science project
Elementary school students can access PebbleGo, a research tool that covers key topics in life, physical and Earth and Space Science, along with engineering and technology (targeted for grades K-3); and PowerKnowledge, which provides information and science fair resources on Earth and Space Science, Life Science and Physical Science. Middle and high school students have access to ProQuest, which offers access to dozens of research databases. ProQuest Central is a general reference database for more than 175 subjects from magazines, journals and newspapers, including peer-reviewed and scholarly works. Or, you can dive into specific databases like the Science Database, Biology Database or Agriculture and Environmental Science Collection.
3. Learn even more with books about science
Is your family ready to dive in to even more science, technology, engineering and mathematics? The Library has put together some great reading recommendations for preschool, elementary school and middle and high school students. Your favorite librarian is also always willing to provide more titles for your budding scientists.
Celebrate the wonders of science at the Library this month for NC Science Festival, spark interest and excitement in STEM fields that last all year.