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
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! Volunteers act out the roles of a robot, a remote control device, and an automaton. A reading-and-writing robot draw shapes, detects objects, and tracks lines. Kids will circulate learning centers to control an automaton through sound, move a robot through a maze, and make a soccer robot score a goal! Finally, a soft and snuggly robotic seal pup is passed around for all to pet.
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