STEAM Saturdays

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Join us for family fun with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Held once a month at the James City County Library, each event will feature a program for kids along with hands on activities and crafts. Click here for the complete list of events, or read on for a brief overview. All programs take place 1-4 p.m.

 

 

January 13 – Mad Science

This show is so cool it’s hot! Kids will be amazed by dazzling demos using fire, bubbling potions, and carbon dioxide gas frozen to 109°F below zero. Learn the properties of fire, chemical reactions, different stages of matter, and more. Some kids may even get to taste our world famous burps! Stop by early and get lunch from Offbeat Eats -- this delicious food truck from Two Drummers Smokehouse will be at the library starting at 11 a.m.

February 24 – Critters & Crawlers

Meet exotic -– and not so exotic -– mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and insects up close and personal with ZooPro Animal Adventures. Learn about their habitats and how they interact with humans at home and around the world. Then reptile experts Scott and Kim Larsen will share stories, interesting facts, and trivia questions about their dazzling array of lizards, frogs, turtles, and snakes, and invite you to meet the reptiles up close and personal! Caution: holding, petting, and greeting eye-to-eye may occur.
 
March 17 – Magical Math

Mathmagician Brian Curry's dynamic show will energize kids of all ages with laughter, cheers, and applause as they review important mathematical concepts. In addition to great math content, this show helps relate math to our everyday lives. During this show, children will play a special version of "Deal or No Deal" to uncover the meaning of probability. They will also review fractions as a newspaper is torn in half, quarters, eighths... and then it magically is restored. Each amazing piece of magic they see will remind kids of a concrete math concept long after the curtain closes.

April 21 – Hands-On Robots

Kids become wrapped up in the world of robotics! The award-winning Menchville High School Robotics Team will bring their FIRST Robotics competition robot to the library, where they will be joined by Toano Middle School's VEX IQ robots and the Society of Women Engineers' LEGO Mindstorm NXT robot. Kids can see these robots in action during Open House-style demonstrations throughout the afternoon. We will also have opportunities for kids to explore and learn how to use Spheros, Ozobots, and Bloxels.

May 19 – Animal Adventures

A VLM educator will provide a fun and memorable learning experience for kids featuring live animals from the Virginia Living Museum. Then the Virginia Aquarium demonstrates the scientific method with "Snail Science." Take measurements, set up experiments, and make predictions in a hands-on, live animal program featuring mud snails and whelks.

STEAM Saturdays are made possible with the generous support of the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation