Library's new STEM program soars ahead!

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January 8, 2021

Can you build a paper airplane that can transport one passenger and propel them at least six feet in the air?  That was this week's challenge in the Salinas Public Library's new STEM Challenge program.  Participants were allowed to use anything that might work, including recycled paper, binder paper, newspapers, and even receipt papers.  More than ten children took the challenge this past Thursday, January 7th. 

"This was a very simple, yet interactive and fun activity that kids enjoyed," said Librarian Luis Manzo. "Some kids were very creative and designed two or three different paper airplanes."

The goal of the STEM Challenge program is to help young children become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and get a glimpse into how engineering solutions are designed in a dynamic and fun environment.

Future challenges include: 

Earthquake! (January 14)
In this challenge, kids will build a structure and test it for earthquake safety.

Stop that Ball! (January 21)
When you drop a ball, it bounces!  Can you make it land so it doesn’t move at all?

Create with Cardboard (January 28)
Create with cardboard ... no tape or glue allowed!

Programs take place on Thursdays from 3:30 pm-4:30 pm, and registration is required to receive Zoom login information. Participants can join any session. 

Register here to reserve your spot!

This program is being provided by The Tech Initiative (Formerly The Tech Museum), in partnership with the Salinas Public Library.  For questions, please call (831) 758-7302 or 758-7345.