What a way to kick off a new outreach program, the Power Hour of STEAM with Salmon Pioneer Primary School 5th Grade. During this program, the library’s Switch program will visit the school every Monday in two-week rotations. The staff will introduce a new piece of technology or concept for the students to explore. They’ll use the last hour of every day during the first week as discovery and skill-building.
The second Monday the staff will revisit for Q&A and set the students off on team-based challenges to put their newfound skills to work. It’s hands-on, it’s engaging, it’s a fun way to learn.
During our very first session, the students learned about Makey Makey, a computerized motherboard that allows real-world objects to control the keypad of the computer. We made scientific predictions on whether normal household objects would conduct electricity, created a human circuit, and finished off with using our pencils to create our very own keyboards.
Looking forward to coming back next Monday to explore the different layers and complexities of this wonderful learning tool. The library will be making these tools available for checkout upon the completion of the two-week session.
Thanks to Meriah Baker & Jane Feldhuasen for helping to make this opportunity possible!