It’s fall because the leaves are falling down

My daughter gave me that little bit of information when she was in Kindergarten.

By CAROL KUNNERUP
Mott Public Library

My daughter gave me that little bit of information when she was in Kindergarten. She is 24 now and I still think of that sweet bit of wisdom each fall. Children are full of wisdom and an enthusiasm which cannot be beat. That is something we try to shine a light on during the STEAM POWER After School programs which run each Monday and Wednesday throughout the school year.

Brayden Smith making electricity with Lemons at the Mott Public Library. (Courtesy Photo)
Brayden Smith making electricity with Lemons at the Mott Public Library. (Courtesy Photo)

STEAM POWER After School is intended for children in grades K-6. Library rules require that children 6 and under be accompanied by a responsible older child who will not be participating in the activity, or an adult.

STEM has been a buzzword in education for a bit now. We, at the Mott Public Library, like to add the A for STEAM because art and creativity are how problems are often solved. The acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. These are the cornerstones of a productive nation.

POWER is the character building content we have developed. Pride, Ownership, Wisdom, Enthusiasm, Resilience. Support of these character traits will help children to feel comfortable learning in different environments and working cooperatively in groups. This experience is needed to solve major issues.

The Programs begin with an activity which utilizes physical skills to enhance focus. We read a nonfiction story and discuss the subject for the day, an example: How children can change the world. Next, we refer to text from another nonfiction book in our collection and create experiments, an example: Surface tension using water, metal, pepper and dish detergent.  Activities are based on the many newly acquired and newly published nonfiction books in our children’s section. We culminate the activity with discussion, clean up and a snack. Children are the helpers who prepare and serve this after school healthy snack, an example: apple slices, and milk (opt. peanut butter and rice krispys).

Teen STEAM has begun and is new for the Library this semester. We are beginning with face painting September and October Wednesdays from 6-7. The course is from Universal Class, an online educational tool, provided by the North Dakota State Library. These programs will continue each Wednesday for the school semester.

The semester of programs is planned for all regular school and library days. Special events are scheduled for school holidays when the Library is open. We are looking to continue to expand and will continue to be thankful for your support.

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