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Emerging Technology: STEM ( Science, Technology, Engingeering & Mathematics)  Storytime for 3-5 year olds

on March 19, 2017

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It’s not that I’m smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer”

– Albert Einstein

 

Goals/Objectives for Service:

 

X public libraries will provide STEM Storytime at each of its branches to empower parents to take an active role in their child’s science education from an early age. The purpose of the programming is to help plant and nurture the seeds that may one day develop into a passion for studying a STEM related field.

 

In today’s world, the fastest growing careers are STEM related. Science and technology fosters job creation.  In the near future, it will be very difficult, if not impossible for an individual to go through life without some knowledge of basic STEM concepts.

 

Description of the Community You Wish to Engage:

 

This program will be open to children 3-5 years of age and their parents and caregivers. In addition, the library system is also looking to cultivate a STEM culture within its staff base.

STEM professionals are also a group that the library wishes to engage with.

 

Action Brief Statement

 

Convince: budding scientists and engineers

 

That By: attending the library’s STEM storytime

 

They Will: ignite curiosity about the world around them and fire off their imaginations

 

Which Will: boost their vocabularies and reading comprehension ( multiple literacies)

 

Because: X public libraries supports and offers opportunities for learning experiences

 

 

Evidence and Resources to Support Service:

 

 

  • STEM education builds on and encourages problem solving skills.  In STEM activities, students analyze problems and work together to analyze problems and then find ways to solve the problems they have been given.
  • STEM education instills creativity which allows students to “ think outside of the box” This type of thinking is valuable in today’s innovation era
  • As workplaces are changing, STEM programs allow children to have an early advantage. Having STEM knowledge in important for a variety of workers, not just mathematicians and scientists ( The Center for Education Policy Analysis)
  • STEM skills give children the confidence in their abilities and succeed in school

 

 

 

National Academy of Sciences. ( May 2014) Stem Integration in K-12 Education-321 FastDraw Whiteboard

 

Mission, Guidelines and Policy related to Service:

 

Libraries are places of exploration and are well positioned to provide STEM programming.  Libraries are changing and evolving spaces to become community anchors  as STEM programs support critical thinking and scientific understanding. Libraries are well positioned to include multiple literacies such as STEM since it ties with the library’s vision, mission and values. The public library provides free and accessible service to all in a non judgmental, inclusive and welcoming enviornment. The public library offers support and opportunities for informal learning experiences, so multiple literacies makes sense.

 

Funding Considerations:

 

No extra staffing will be required for this program. Existing staff members who are trained and comfortable can decide what month works best for their branch in order to run a 4 week STEM program.

 

STEM kits will have to be purchased, and the price tags vary.

Each branch, based on their size  ( neighbourhood branch vs district branch) has a different budget.

Depending on staff expertise and comfort level, some activities ( ie Strength of Materials can be done using popsicle sticks, pencils and straws).  That being said, nothing can fire off and ignite curiosity than a well designed STEM kit, and these are some sources to obtain well designed and moderately priced kits:

 

 

  • ScienceWiz. www.sciencewiz.com
  • SmartLab Toys. www.smartlabtoys.com
  • Eleco. www.elenco.com
  • OWI Incorporated. www.owirobot.com
  • Smithsonian, www.SmithsonianStore.com
  • Be Amazing! www.beamazingtoys.com

 

 

Action Steps and Timeline :

 

 

  • Propose program to director and management = 1 week
  • Proposal approval at library board meeting= 1 month
  • Staff training= over 2 months
  • Purchasing STEM kits for all branches= 1 month

 

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Staffing Considerations for this Technology or Service:

 

No extra staffing is required, and individual branches can decide what day works best to run their programs given staffing considerations.

 

Training for this Service:

 

A full day staff training will need to take place before implementing a STEM programming at the branch. The training will give an overview of the program, as well as the philosophy behind why STEM matters for early learners and why libraries are well positioned to include multiple literacies such as STEM.

 

Publicity for all branches should have a streamlined look, so a STEM Storytime flyer template will be introduced to ensure consistency across all the branches.

 

A sample program will be demonstrated at the training, with a breakdown of the components such as:

-Theme

-Storytime

-Parent Patter

-Books, Rhymes & Songs

-Activity Stations ( this is where STEM kits come in)

 

A STEM Storytime Booklist will also be given out to all Staff who attend the training.   

 

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Promotion and Marketing:

 

This can be done informally and formally. Librarians can promote STEM Storytime at daycare visits, community resource fairs, etc or formally through the public libraries website, or on a facebook or twitter page. In house marketing such as posters, flyers, monthly program calendars can help to spread the word about STEM programming.

 

 

Evaluation:
Staff should consider distributing a parent survey to evaluate parents opinions about the programs. This feedback can be helpful in improving the sessions and deciding on interesting topics to pursue as themes in future programs.

Staff feedback is also critical in ensuring the success of the program and to see if any further training is required. Staff should also complete a feedback form regarding their own thoughts on the program and where further mentoring may be needed.

 

References:

The Center for Education Policy Analysis. (2008). Learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Retrieved from http://www.cudenver.edu/Academics/Colleges/SPA/Academics/programs/Crimin alJustice/MasterCriminalJustice/Documents/STEMReportFinal.pdf

Del Guidice, M. ( November 2014) Why It’s Crucial to Get More Women Into Science. Retrieved from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141107-gender-studies-women-scientific-research-feminist/

Kohn, A. (February 17 2011). STEM Sell: Are math, science really more important than other subjects? Retrieved from  http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/alfie-kohn/stem-sell-are-math-science-rea.html

National Academy of Sciences. ( May 2014) Stem Integration in K-12 Education-321 FastDraw Whiteboard

 Sneidman. J. ( December 2013) Engaging Children in STEM education early. Retrieved from http://naturalstart.org/feature-stories/engaging-children-stem-education-early

Sci-Why.( n.d) Retrieved from www. http://sci-why.blogspot.ca

STEM Clubs ( 2016) Retrieved from www. http://www.stemclubs.net/

STEM Village ( 2017) Retrieved from http://www.stemvillage.com/

 

 

 


2 Responses to “Emerging Technology: STEM ( Science, Technology, Engingeering & Mathematics)  Storytime for 3-5 year olds”

  1. Yay, I enjoyed your pictures and video so much! Writings on anything STEM usually get me excited and your blog was no exception. I feel that STEM programs can really help children to develop and grow. Great job 🙂

  2. Profile photo of Danielle Danielle says:

    What a marvelous idea Sharu! And your plan is very well laid out, with lots of great examples and links. Terrific!

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