Program Type:Science & STEAM
Age Group:All Ages
Librarians Breanna and Chelsee walk you through fun STEM projects you can do at home - using items you may already have around the house. Every Saturday this summer, enjoy a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program. A listing supplies and steps will be available prior to the program so you can try this at home.
This weeks experiment is on Engineering.
- Ruler/Measuring Tape
- Rules: with only five minutes, build the strongest, tallest tower you can!
- Experiment with different shapes in construction. Some shapes are stronger than others.
- Test your tower's strength three different ways
- Wind resistance - does your tower topple when a fan blows on it?
- Earthquake proof - shake your table! Did your tower collapse?
- Durability - toss a few cotton balls or ping pong balls at it; is your tower still in one piece?
We challenge you to build a taller tower than the ones we made!
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- The Backyard Build: Engineering by Jonathon Litton
- How to be an Engineer
- Great Engineering Fails by Barbara Krasner
- The Science of Bridges and Tunnels: The Art of Engineering by Ian Graham
- The Zoom, Fly, Bolt, Blast STEAM Handbook: Build 18 Innovative Projects with Brainpower
- The Science of Buildings: The Sky-Scrapping Story of Structures by Alex Woolf
- STEM Lab: 25 Super Cool Projects: Build, Invent, Create, Discover by Jack Challoner
- Getting Started with Engineering by Camille McCue
- Baby Loves Structural Engineering! by Ruth Spiro
- Bridges & Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering by Donna Latham
- Gutsy Girls Go for Science: Engineers By Diane Taylor
- Science Online
- Science Reference Center
- Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography
- Explora for Elementary School