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Families Leap into Science & kids explore STEM programs

Posted on February 4, 2020 at 6:00 am

LEAP INTO SCIENCE WEEK

Every four years, we get an extra day to try something new—Leap Day! To celebrate, Spokane County Library District is offering a series of Leap into Science programs that are playful, engaging moments of learning for the whole family.

Leap into Science is a nationwide program from The Franklin Institute Science Museum that focuses on children and families learning together by combining open-ended science activities with children’s books. The strategies used include asking questions, encouraging scientific thinking, cultivating rich dialogue to improve literacy skills, and making connections by exploring, testing, and predicting.

Leap into Science: Wind Family Workshop

You and your family are invited to explore the science concept of wind with fun hands-on experiences and activities. We’ll also read a book or two about wind to engage imaginations and develop literacy skills.

For kids ages 3–5 & their caregivers

CHENEY
Tuesday, Feb 25, 10:30–11:30am

SPOKANE VALLEY
Tuesday, Feb 25, 10:30–11:30am
Wednesday, Feb 26, 10:30–11:30am

MEDICAL LAKE
Wednesday, Feb 26, 10:30–11:30am

MORAN PRAIRIE
Wednesday, Feb 26, 10:30–11:30am

NORTH SPOKANE
Wednesday, Feb 26, 10:30–11:30am
Thursday, Feb 27, 10:30–11:30am

Leap into Science: Balance Family Workshop

You and your family are invited to explore the science concept of balance with fun hands-on experiences and activities. We’ll also read a book or two about balance to engage imaginations and develop literacy skills.

For kids ages 3–5 & their caregivers

FAIRFIELD
Tuesday, Feb 18, 10:30–11:30am

DEER PARK
Wednesday, Feb 26, 10:30-11:30am

ARGONNE
Wednesday, Feb 26, 10:30–11:30am

AIRWAY HEIGHTS
Thursday, Feb 27, 10:30–11:30am

OTIS ORCHARDS
Thursday, Feb 27, 10:30–11:30am

Leap into Science: Wind

Air is everywhere. Discover how we know air exists—even though we can’t see it—with experiments and by exploring the ways that this invisible substance can produce very visible effects.

For kids ages 6–10

SPOKANE VALLEY
Tuesday, Feb 25, 4–5pm

THE LAB AT NORTH SPOKANE
Saturday, Feb 29, 10am–12pm

CHENEY
Saturday, Feb 29, 2–3pm

Booklist: Leap into Science for Preschoolers

Explore scientific concepts to learn in fun, playful ways that your preschooler will love! This booklist has been hand-picked by our librarians.

STEM PROGRAMS

Take It Apart

Curious about how things work? Now you can take them apart and demystify technology! Using basic tools, gloves, and safety goggles, we’ll take apart electronics, small appliances, and other devices that no longer serve their purpose but may still reveal secrets. Devices donated by Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest.

For kids in grades K+; Kids 8 and under must bring an adult.

THE LAB AT NORTH SPOKANE
1st Saturdays, Feb 1, Mar 7, Apr 4 & May 2, 10am–12pm

Next Level Micro:bits

Explore the Micro:bit! This handheld, programmable micro-computer can be used for all sorts of cool creations. Prior experience with block coding is recommended. Registration is required.

For kids ages 10+

SPOKANE VALLEY
Thursday, Feb 6, 4–5pm

AIRWAY HEIGHTS
Tuesday, Feb 11, 4–5pm

MEDICAL LAKE
Wednesday, Feb 12, 4–5pm

DEER PARK
Thursday, Feb 20, 3:30–4:30pm

NORTH SPOKANE
Tuesday, Mar 10, 4–5pm

MORAN PRAIRIE EVENT CANCELLED
Tuesday, Mar 17, 4–5pm

CHENEY EVENT CANCELLED
Thursday, Mar 19, 4–5pm

FAIRFIELD EVENT CANCELLED
Tuesday, Mar 24, 4:30–5:30pm

Robotics & Engineering

Explore the world of robotics and engineering, using cool kids’ tools such as Ozobots, Snap Circuits, and Micro:bits.

For kids ages 8+

AIRWAY HEIGHTS RECREATION CENTER
11405 W Deno Rd, Airway Heights

Friday, Feb 7, Mar 6, Apr 3 & May 1, 4–5pm

Hands-on with the Scientific Method

Bring your curiosity, creativity, and thinking cap as we explore the realms of science. We will perform experiments, gather data, and consider the answers to scientific questions, which may create even more mysteries to investigate.

For kids in grades K+; Kids 8 and under must bring an adult.

THE LAB AT NORTH SPOKANE
2nd Saturdays, Feb 8, Mar 14, Apr 11 & May 9, 10am–12pm

EnviroKids’ Clubhouse EVENT CANCELLED

Earth Day is almost here! Let’s learn and discover ways to care for our planet. During spring break, we’ll explore and enjoy hands-on activities all about the weather, air quality, clean water and water systems, healthy soils, and recycling.

For kids in grades K–6

The EnviroKids program is sponsored by Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, National Weather Service, Spokane Aquifer Joint Board, Spokane County Environmental Services, Spokane County Solid Waste and City of Spokane Solid Waste, City of Spokane Water Department, and Spokane Conservation District.

MORAN PRAIRIE
Tuesday, Apr 7, 1–3pm

SPOKANE VALLEY
Thursday, Apr 9, 1–3pm

Video Camera Crew Create: Visit Mars! EVENT CANCELLED

Create short commercials with your crew to persuade tourists to visit Mars. Learn to use a green screen and incorporate real images of Mars as the backdrop for your thrilling adventures in tourism. Registration is required.

Kids in grades 4+

THE STUDIO AT SPOKANE VALLEY
Wednesday, Apr 8, 1–5pm

Grossology: Disgusting Science!

We’re having ooey, gooey, icky, slimy fun! Let’s learn about gross things and tackle horribly fantastic experiments.

For all ages; Kids 8 and under must bring an adult.

NORTH SPOKANE EVENT CANCELLED
Monday, Apr 20, 4–5pm

ARGONNE EVENT CANCELLED
Tuesday, Apr 21, 4–5pm

FAIRFIELD
Tuesday, Apr 28, 4:30–5:30pm

MEDICAL LAKE
Wednesday, Apr 29, 4–5pm

MORAN PRAIRIE
Tuesday, May 5, 4–5pm

AIRWAY HEIGHTS
Thursday, May 14, 4–5pm

DEER PARK
Thursday, May 21, 3:30–4:30pm

SPOKANE VALLEY
Tuesday, May 26, 4–5pm

OTIS ORCHARDS
Thursday, May 28, 3:30–4:30pm

CHENEY
Friday, May 29, 4–5pm

MORE STEM RESOURCES

Science in Context

Explore topics in science and scientists throughout history with articles, experiments, biographies, images, videos, and more with Science in Context from our Digital Library.

World Book

It’s more than an encyclopedia! Try out the scientific method with experiments, activities, and games to build your brainpower—all from World Book, found in our Digital Library.

Booklist: Environmental Science for Kids

Learn more about the earth and ways to take care of it! Check out these books picked by our youth librarians.

Booklist: Grossology

Explore gross science and icky-fun experiments you can do at home with these books chosen by library staff who have stomachs of steel!

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