I'm interested in STEM and STEAM

Interested in STEM and STEAM in libraries? Check out these sessions.

Interested in other topics? Check out the conference scheduler and use the drop down "Subject" search field or visit the interests pages to see other topics. 


STEM for Babies and Toddlers: A powerful foundation for language and literacy
Saturday 10:30 -11:30AM
STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math) are a critical to success in our society, but the emphasis in programming and education has traditionally started with school-age children, and more recently, preschoolers. Now there is a growing body of research that shows something many early childhood educators have known for years: that STEM skills begin to form at birth, with many heightened opportunities for discovery and learning in the brain-building zero to three years. What does STEM look like in practice with babies and toddlers? And how do we do it at the library? 

STEM Opportunities, Resources, and Partnerships between Public Libraries and Afterschool Providers
Saturday 1:00 – 2:00PM
The Afterschool Alliance, the Space Science Institute’s STAR Library Network (STAR Net), and the Global Family Research Project aim to support the growth of STEM partnerships between public libraries and afterschool and summer learning programs. In this session, we will synthesize projects and research conducted across the fields of out-of-school time, informal STEM education, family engagement, and community partnerships, in order to provide participants with actionable ideas and promising practices. 

Tech-time Fun with Real-world Connections
Saturday 2:30 – 3:30PM
Take advantage of the current trends in tech to draw in new audiences, from children to adults, while also connecting to real-world challenges and new scientific discoveries. Give your existing tech spaces and programs real-world context by connecting with local expertise and using library-tested design challenges on sustainable energy and building a cleaner world. 

STEM-Centered Inquiry: Integrating Library Standards into Math and Science Classrooms
Saturday 4:00 – 5:00PM
Come learn how a high school math teacher and a librarian created a yearlong, interdisciplinary, STEM-centered project that integrates AASL standards throughout. Inquiry-based learning and STEM are both hot topics in modern libraries, but many school librarians gravitate more naturally to language and social studies content when promoting rich inquiry experiences. Discover how exploring open-ended, creative scenarios with students resulted in deeper learning and higher test scores in STEM classes. 


Escape the Library: Escape Room Design Workshop
Sunday 4:00 – 5:00PM
Started in Japan, escape rooms are a fast-growing global phenomenon in which players solve puzzles, crack codes, and decipher clues to unveil a secret plot. If you have been looking to create an exciting teen and youth program, you will be presented with a comprehensive blueprint of how to build an escape room from scratch for a variety of ages, spaces, and budgets. 


Librarians are a Force for Science: Science Communication and Science Literacy
Monday 9:00 – 10:00AM
This program will bring together experts in science, science communication, and science literacy to discuss how scientific research is communicated to students and the general public, and to consider the role of librarians and science communication professionals in making sure that the content is evidence-based and accessible.

Diversifying Educational Programming through Partnerships with the Arts: 'STEAMing up STEM'
Monday 9:00 – 10:00AM
Learn tips on developing instructional programming, finding funding opportunities, and producing effective library marketing for sustainable outreach that fulfills educational goals. Three panelists, including a Georgia Tech librarian, English faculty member, and an Atlanta-based visual artist will each present their perspectives on the creation and outcomes of an IMLS funded educational program that employs the visual arts to improve students’ communication skills and engagement with campus and community life.

MākMō: the LA County Library MakerMobiles
Monday 10:30 – 11:30AM
Want to offer STEAM programming at your libraries but don’t have enough room to create a makerspace? Thinking about ways your library can emerge into a new world of mobile services? Learn about LA County Library’s new MākMō makerspace vehicles, which offer STEM programing to all 87 LA County public libraries and the communities they serve.

Beyond the Bots: Teen STEM Programs on the Cheap
Monday 1:00 – 2:00PM
Think teen STEM programming is all robots and computers? Think STEM is out of your budget? Think again! Learn how to create, plan, and execute fun, engaging (and educational!) teen STEM programs with affordable materials you may already have. 

Lessons Learned from the 2017 Eclipse: What Participation in Charismatic Events Can Do For YOUR Library
Monday 2:30 – 3:30PM
This session will help public libraries catalyze the momentum from the 2017 Solar Eclipse to make plans to participate in other charismatic STEM events in the coming year, partner with local and national STEM organizations (like NASA!), and find innovative ways to help their community see them in a new light. 

The Inclusive Makerspace: #WeNeedDiverseMakerspaces
Monday 2:30 - 3:30PM
Participants will acquire practical advice on creating a hands-on learning area with activities for students of all grade levels and abilities, including English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. These activities go across all areas of the curriculum, can be self-directed and promote an environment of collaboration and communication. Examples will be given of makerspace activities that promote confidence in special population students, something they often lack in other classes.