MD STEM Fes­ti­val at lo­cal li­brary branches

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STEVENSVILLE — Queen Anne’s County Li­brary will par­tic­i­pate in the 2017 Mary­land STEM Fes­ti­val from Oct. 31 through Nov. 12 with six of­fi­cial events.

The Kent Is­land Branch events will in­clude Chal­lenge Is­land on Thurs­days, Nov. 2 and 9, at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3-5 with an adult, Cre­ate and Launch Rock­ets on Mon­day, Nov. 6, at 4:30 p.m. for ages 5-10, and an op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to de­sign cat­a­pults for a Minia­ture Marsh­mal­low Launch on Satur­day, Nov. 11, at 2:30 p.m.

The cat­a­pults are a dropin event with no reg­is­tra­tion re­quired. Reg­is­tra­tion is now open for the other STEM Fes­ti­val events at the Kent Is­land Branch at calendar.qa­cli­brary.org or by call­ing 410-643-8161.

Chal­lenge Is­land pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional en­rich­ment and is on the fore­front of STEAM Ed­u­ca­tion and 21st Cen­tury Learn­ing. Dur­ing Antarc­tic Ice­burg on Nov. 2, preschool­ers and their care­givers will learn about pen­guins and de­sign a pen­guin to­bog­gan ride. At Mayflower Har­bor on Nov. 9, reg­is­trants will build their own Mayflower and race it on a water track.

STEM Fes­ti­val events at the Centreville Branch are Preschool Sci­ence on Tues­day, Nov. 7, at 10:30 am for ages 3-5 with a care­giver and Ozobots on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 8, from 1-5 p.m. for grades K-8. Dur­ing Preschool Sci­ence, young chil­dren will learn about the sci­ence of col­ors through books, flan­nel boards and ex­per­i­ments. Both are drop-in events and do not re­quire pre-reg­is­tra­tion.

The Kent Is­land Branch also of­fers cod­ing and gam­ing for ages 8-14 on Mon­days and Thurs­days through Novem­ber from 3-5 p.m. Pop­u­lar games in­clude Minecraft, Roblox and Dwar­fFortress.

All events are free of charge. For more in­for­ma­tion about li­brary events, con­tact the li­brary at info@ qa­cli­brar y.org, visit qa­cli­brary.org, or call 410-7580980 or 410-643-8161.

As an of­fi­cial 2017 Mary­land STEM Fes­ti­val event, Queen Anne’s County Li­brary is among hun­dreds of community-based events that are show­cas­ing STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics) ac­tiv­i­ties for the res­i­dents of Mary­land.

Founded in 2015, the Mary­land STEM Fes­ti­val has be­come one of the lead­ing, if not the lead­ing, STEM event in thesS­tate. Through a 13-day se­ries of community-based events each fall (hosted by schools, col­leges, libraries, mu­se­ums, parks, busi­nesses and other lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions), the Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates the eco­nomic, ed­u­ca­tional and cul­tural im­pact of STEM in Mary­land.

“STEM is for ev­ery­one re­gard­less of their back­ground or ex­pe­ri­ence, STEM is the ba­sis for every­thing we do, and most im­por­tantly STEM is fun. The Mary­land STEM Fes­ti­val wants to bring that fun to ev­ery Mary­land res­i­dent,” said Phil Ro­gof­sky, Fes­ti­val direc­tor. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Mary­land STEM Fes­ti­val, visit www.mary­land­stem­fes­ti­val.org.

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