Library NExT

The Library NExT (Network of Education x Training) program features classes about topics such as robotics, circuits, “messy” science, 3D modeling and college planning. It started as a pilot program in six San Diego libraries in early 2017 and will be expanding to more branches throughout the city. 

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Upcoming Programs

Squid Dissection
July 29, 2-5pm | Mira Mesa Library | Register Here
 
Squid. It's not just what's for dinner. In this hands-on class each student will get to help dissect a squid and learn all about their insides. They may even get to write their name in squid ink! This class will improve the students understanding of how to build their basic scientific research skills and how to apply these skills to their overall understanding of the many critters that fill our oceans. By gaining a better understanding of the organisms that occupy our oceans, we can build a deeper understanding of the oceans themselves and how to best take care of our world.
 
Messy Science - Earth
July 27, 2-5pm | Tierrasanta Libary | Register Here
 
In this workshop format class we explore the beauty, mysteries and facts about our planet earth. Using tools and materials from our modern world we will re-enact some of the physics, chemistry, and biology that make earth unique in the Known Space. Hands-on activities will be punctuated with sounds of boom, crash, zip and slime! The class is configurable to different lessons each focusing on an aspect of that include topics of glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, permafrost, sea level rise and tsunamis. During these workshops students will design things, test things, throw things, and stomp on things. Using our newfound knowledge of our earth system we will use our imaginations to make our planet a more fun place.
 
Tiny House - Mini Architecture
August 5, 2-5pm | Logan Heights Library | Register Here
 
A new movement is sweeping the US called 'tiny houses', where people are designing houses using ~15% of the space of a current day home.  These tiny houses allow people to simplify their lives while still maintaining functionality.  Join us to design and build your own tiny house out of clay and found materials as we learn about architecture, social responsibility and community!
 
Tiny House - Mini Architecture
August 12, 2-5pm | Logan Heights Library | Register Here
 
A new movement is sweeping the US called 'tiny houses', where people are designing houses using ~15% of the space of a current day home.  These tiny houses allow people to simplify their lives while still maintaining functionality.  Join us to design and build your own tiny house out of clay and found materials as we learn about architecture, social responsibility and community!
 
Squid Dissection
August 12, 2-5pm | Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library | Register Here
 
Squid. It's not just what's for dinner. In this hands-on class each student will get to help dissect a squid and learn all about their insides. They may even get to write their name in squid ink! This class will improve the students understanding of how to build their basic scientific research skills and how to apply these skills to their overall understanding of the many critters that fill our oceans. By gaining a better understanding of the organisms that occupy our oceans, we can build a deeper understanding of the oceans themselves and how to best take care of our world.
 
Eclipse
August 19
10 a.m. - Noon | Logan Heights Library | Register Here - Set Up Account in Student's Name
10 a.m. - Noon | Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library | Register Here - Set Up Account in Student's Name
10 a.m. - Noon | Tierrasanta Library | Register Here - Set Up Account in Student's Name
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Mira Mesa Library | Register Here - Set Up Account in Student's Name
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Rancho Peñasquitos Library | Register Here - Set Up Account in Student's Name
 
Throughout history, eclipses have fascinated people of all cultures, and were often interpreted as powerful portents or divine acts. In this class, we explore the history of human understanding of eclipse events, and the evolution of the science that led to the current understanding of the mechanics of the Earth-Moon-Sun system, as well as the solar system as a whole. We will also build pinhole cameras that allow participants to prepare to view the upcoming partial solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. These classes are lead by high level, fun loving, scientists who will also introduce and discuss exciting new research, which has revealed the existence other earths, moons, and suns similar to our own.

Coming Soon

Slimy Sea Creatures
Learn about slimy sea creatures like octopuses, sea stars, sand dollars and moon snails, to name a few. Observe a squid dissection and write your name in squid-ink while learning about anatomical structures of sea creatures. Discover the secret of how octopuses change color and what makes pearls. Become a marine biologist and investigate what kind of invertebrate you would like to be! Create artwork to take home using different types of seashells and other materials from Mother Earth.
 
Music and Your Brain
Join us to explore how music affects your brain and body in physical, cognitive, and emotional ways.  Each of us has our own unique connections with music, yet there are many reactions and interactions to music that we all share. We will discover how music relates to topics like cultural identity, history, math and science. The focus of this class will be built around musical activities and group work as students discover new ways to “think musically.”
 
The Physics of Fidget Spinners
Ever wonder why your friends fidget spinner spins longer than yours?  Why some spinners are louder than others?  In this workshop, the physics of fidget spinners become tangible, unlocking a world of intuition!  Join us to explore a fantastic phenomenon where energy is conserved, and entropy is increasing.  Witness, first hand, the transitions from chemistry, to motion to heat.  See the forces of tension and gravity. Learn how a fidget spinner is a ticket to exploring the laws that shape our universe.  In this workshop class you can rest assured that the teacher will not confiscate your fidget spinner.

Recently Offered

Introduction to Circuits using Makey-Makey 
Do electronics and bananas go together? Absolutely! Learn how to create fun circuits using Makey-Makey circuit boards that can be expanded and accentuated with everyday items like a banana, tin foil or a bouncy ball. Science and art will collide as the technology of circuits is used to create art in the form of music, paintings and photographs.
 
Virtual Reality with Google Cardboard
Join the Virtual Reality technology movement that simulates experiences (like going on a roller coaster) using Google Cardboard (a Virtual Reality viewer). Work in groups to create your own virtual reality interactive tools and games and learn basic concepts of stereoscopy. Gain experience in C+ programming, 3D modeling and learn how to use the popular UNITY game engine. No prior experience with computer programming or 3D modeling is required.
 
Make Your Own Inflatables
Explore the fascinating world of bubbles! Discover the intersection of engineering, architecture, art and nature through amazing experiments with bubbles and inflatables. As inventors and designers we will be building our own unique constructions through the iterative design-to-build process and creating giant inflatables from ordinary plastic bags! No experience required.
 
Introduction to Robotics with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3
Learn basic concepts of robotics and then build robots using the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 kit while using basic flowchart programming to create autonomous robots. Working in groups, compete in science instrument deployment competitions using multiple sensors on the robots. No prior experience with robotics or programming is required.
 
Introduction to Video game Programming with Unity
What better way to learn introductory concepts of computer science than within a video game environment powered by the popular Unity game engine as a visualization tool! Using the C# scripting language, learn code structure and syntax, conditional statements, loops, functions, data structures and write and run simple scripts. After learning how to handle user input, object collision and interface design, create your own simple video game!
 
Messy Science - Atmosphere
In this workshop format class we explore the beauty, mysteries and facts about our planet earth. Using tools and materials from our modern world we will re-enact some of the physics, chemistry, and biology that make earth unique in the Known Space. Hands-on activities will be punctuated with sounds of boom, crash, zip and slime! The class is configurable to different lessons each focusing on an aspect of that include topics of glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, permafrost, sea level rise and tsunamis. During these workshops students will design things, test things, throw things, and stomp on things. Using our newfound knowledge of our earth system we will use our imaginations to make our planet a more fun place.

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