Explore STEAM with your child this October

Looking for an adventure? With everything from family activities to recommended reads, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is a one-stop shop for STEAM education and resources. Read more about how we’re celebrating STEAM this month.

STEAM Month is a monthlong celebration of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics! The Library is proud to host events for children, teens and adults—everything from 3D printing, rookie science, coding, fossil digging and much more! These events spark interest and excitement in STEAM fields that last all year long. National STEAM Day is November 8, but we celebrate STEAM during the month of October to build enthusiasm and get everyone ready to join in on the fun!

Support engagement and learn more about STEAM with your children by exploring the great online resources below:  

  • PebbleGo Science has information for children in grades K-3 on all types of science, engineering and technolog. Features include activities, critical thinking questions and videos with most articles. Also available in Spanish.

Access PebbleGo Science

  • PowerKnowledge databases are great for kids in third through sixth grade; topics include earth and space science, physical science and life science; these databases are great for science project ideas!

Access PowerKnowledge Physical Science

Access PowerKnowledge Life Science

Access PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science

We also have the following booklists with additional resources:

You will also want to check out virtual STEAM programming for children this month! Visit our calendar at www.cmlibrary.org/calendar for a full list of STEAM programs for all ages and to register for the programs below. (Facebook Live storytimes do not require registration).

  • STEAM Storytimes via Facebook Live (Monday-Saturday at 9:30 a.m.)
    • Join us virtually for a half hour of engaging stories, songs and music all about STEAM topics! Geared toward children ages 0-5 and featuring information about colors, the human body, math, art, engineering and more.
  • Davidson Branch Story Explorers STEAM Spooky Science (Monday, October 5 at 4 p.m.)
    • Join us virtually as we explore spooky experiments.
  • University City Branch Creating with Books (Tuesday, October 13 at 11 a.m.)
    • Make mini parachutes to launch.
  • ImaginOn Rookie Science Amazing Colors (Tuesday, October 20 at 2 p.m.)
    • Join us virtually as we demonstrate many unique colorful experiments that are as dazzling to the eye as they are easy to do at home.
  • Mint Hill Puppet Show (Wednesday, October 21 at 7 p.m.)
    • Join us virtually for a special STEAM puppet show.
  • South Boulevard STEAM Month Magic Bag (Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m.)
    • Join us virtually to participate in a fun science experiment! Can you push a pencil through a bag filled with water without spilling a drop? To participate in the hands-on portion of this program you will need a plastic baggie and sharp pencils.

We also have 19 STEAM programs for teens during October. View a complete list of teen STEAM programming here.

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This blog was written by Jesse Isley of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.