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Library NExT

   Fall 2020 Virtual Library NExT Courses are here!

All programs from September 24th through December 19th are online and will have live instruction via Zoom. Registration opens approximately one month prior to course date. If supplies are needed for a course you will receive an email directing you to a Contactless Pickup Service location to pickup your supplies. Zoom links will be emailed out with reminder email.

 

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Library NExT (Network of Education x Training) is a series of workshops for elementary, middle and high school students on topics including robotics, circuits, Quest for Space: Heat Experiments on the ISS and 64 + other STEAM subjects. Initially started as a pilot program at six San Diego libraries in 2017, it has expanded to 21 locations in 2020 with plans to be offered at all City of San Diego library locations. This San Diego Public Library program is a collaboration with UC San Diego Extension and Sally Ride Science.

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Fall 2020 Virtual Library NExT Programs

September

Your Brain and Body on Nature
Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
A growing body of research shows that spending time outdoors benefits us physically, emotionally and mentally. Explore the science behind these benefits and learn how to get more nature into your day-to-day life. The average person is awake for 16 hours a day but only spends two of those hours outdoors. We will look at what research tells us about how spending time in nature affects our brains and our bodies. Students will learn how much outdoor time is needed to experience positive effects. We will also look at how to overcome barriers to spending time outdoors and survey great nature spots to visit in San Diego County.
 
Explore 3D Modeling and Printing with Blender
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
3D modeling is a fast-developing technology with applications in many fields and careers. Use the open-source program Blender to explore the potential of 3D modeling and printing. We will start with an introduction to Blender, an extremely powerful tool for 3D modeling. Students will learn how to use Blender for computer-aided design projects such as 3D printing, tool making and architectural modeling. They will practice re-creating chess pieces in a physical and a digital environment. Students will also learn the basics of environmental design for video games. The class offers a good starting point for moving on to more advanced 3D modeling skills.
 
Slimy Sea Creatures
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Invertebrates like octopuses, jellyfish and squid have fascinating adaptations for life in their ocean ecosystems. Take on the role of marine biologist as we conduct a hands-on investigation of slimy sea creatures. Students will observe and touch sea stars, sand dollars and moon snails, to name a few. They will watch a squid dissection and write their names in squid ink while learning about anatomical structures of invertebrates. We will investigate the secret of how octopuses change color and how pearls are made. Students will also consider what kind of invertebrate they would like to be. They will test their knowledge by playing a game that rewards those with the best mastery of vocabulary from the class. Each student will create artwork to take home using seashells and other materials from Mother Earth. Slimy Sea Creatures offers a great way to inspire students to pursue further studies in marine biology.
 
Explore 3D Modeling and Printing with Blender
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
3D modeling is a fast-developing technology with applications in many fields and careers. Use the open-source program Blender to explore the potential of 3D modeling and printing. We will start with an introduction to Blender, an extremely powerful tool for 3D modeling. Students will learn how to use Blender for computer-aided design projects such as 3D printing, tool making and architectural modeling. They will practice re-creating chess pieces in a physical and a digital environment. Students will also learn the basics of environmental design for video games. The class offers a good starting point for moving on to more advanced 3D modeling skills.
 
Messy Science
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 4:00 - 530 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Students will conduct messy and noisy experiments as they investigate glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, permafrost, sea level rise and tsunamis. We will make slime-like flubber to model glacier movement and create a landscape in a box to simulate the destructive power of earthquakes and tsunamis. Students will also observe lava flow in a volcano fueled by baking soda and vinegar. These and other fun, hands-on experiments provide an engaging introduction to geology, seismology, oceanography and other branches of Earth science.

October

Craftronics
Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Students will explore the basics of circuits and electronic elements by using them in craft projects. Possible projects include a moving origami swan, light-up LED bracelet, moving robot bug, Play-Doh electronic sculpture, paper-circuit game or light-effects card. Each student will take home a working electronic craft.
 
Physics of Fidget Spinners
Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Ever wonder why some fidget spinners spin longer or hum louder than others? You will discover answers to these questions and much more as we learn about motion, tension, gravity and other fantastic phenomena related to fidget spinners and the world at large.
 
How to Train Your Demogorgon: The (Pseudo) Science of Stranger Things
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Grab a box of Eggos and join us for a brief transdisciplinary tour of 1980s Hawkins, Indiana, as we delve into the (pseudo) science of the popular Netflix series Stranger Things. We will explore the biology and chemistry of the Upside Down and look at parallels in real-world science.
 
Intro to Trash to Treasures: Upcycling at its Best
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
We all know it’s important to recycle to slow the flow of trash into overstuffed landfills. Now discover how to put a creative spin on recycling by upcycling – turning trash into treasures such as art pieces or useful objects. We will explore how trash can be transformed using different techniques and art mediums. But first students will consider how much waste they produce and discuss the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling in their daily lives. They will learn the difference between recycling and upcycling and then brainstorm ways to create artistic, useful and valuable products from discarded materials. As they work on individual and group upcycling projects, students will be encouraged to take creative risks and cultivate imagination, persistence and collaboration. The class will help students understand that they have an important role to play in protecting our planet.
 
Medicine and the Heart
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Students will explore the body’s circulatory system with a focus on the heart. They will get an introduction to human anatomy and physiology and learn about different diseases linked to the heart. This workshop is aimed at students with an interest in anatomy, especially those considering careers in medicine.
 
Slimy Sea Creatures
Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Invertebrates like octopuses, jellyfish and squid have fascinating adaptations for life in their ocean ecosystems. Take on the role of marine biologist as we conduct a hands-on investigation of slimy sea creatures. Students will observe and touch sea stars, sand dollars and moon snails, to name a few. They will watch a squid dissection and write their names in squid ink while learning about anatomical structures of invertebrates. We will investigate the secret of how octopuses change color and how pearls are made. Students will also consider what kind of invertebrate they would like to be. They will test their knowledge by playing a game that rewards those with the best mastery of vocabulary from the class. Each student will create artwork to take home using seashells and other materials from Mother Earth. Slimy Sea Creatures offers a great way to inspire students to pursue further studies in marine biology.
 
Beginner's SketchUp: Designing 3D Graphics
Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Have you ever wanted to create imaginative computer-based 3-D graphics? Now’s your chance to design a bridge, a house, a monster or anything else you can dream up. With SketchUp Make 3D Modeling, students will use the familiar pencil-and-paper paradigm in a software context to create 3-dimensional graphic models.
 
Slimy Sea Creatures
Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Invertebrates like octopuses, jellyfish and squid have fascinating adaptations for life in their ocean ecosystems. Take on the role of marine biologist as we conduct a hands-on investigation of slimy sea creatures. Students will observe and touch sea stars, sand dollars and moon snails, to name a few. They will watch a squid dissection and write their names in squid ink while learning about anatomical structures of invertebrates. We will investigate the secret of how octopuses change color and how pearls are made. Students will also consider what kind of invertebrate they would like to be. They will test their knowledge by playing a game that rewards those with the best mastery of vocabulary from the class. Each student will create artwork to take home using seashells and other materials from Mother Earth. Slimy Sea Creatures offers a great way to inspire students to pursue further studies in marine biology.
 
Your Brain and Body on Nature
Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
A growing body of research shows that spending time outdoors benefits us physically, emotionally and mentally. Explore the science behind these benefits and learn how to get more nature into your day-to-day life. The average person is awake for 16 hours a day but only spends two of those hours outdoors. We will look at what research tells us about how spending time in nature affects our brains and our bodies. Students will learn how much outdoor time is needed to experience positive effects. We will also look at how to overcome barriers to spending time outdoors and survey great nature spots to visit in San Diego County.
 
Intro to the Global Design Lab: Virtual Exploration & Design for a Sustainable World
Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
Get a global introduction to sustainable design by using Google Maps and Google Earth as tools for virtual exploration. Analyze sites of past settlements and come up with your own design for a sustainable dwelling or community of the future. Students will gain a deeper understanding of geography, world history and sustainable design as they explore world regions. We will examine historical sites and consider why those sites were successful. After analyzing several case studies, students will learn basic concepts of sustainable design and then sketch a house of the future for a specific site using their new perspective. They will present their sustainable designs to classmates and explain their justifications for specific elements. The class is aimed at students interested in maps, geography, history, natural environments, and sustainable architecture and design.
 
Intro to Trash to Treasures: Upcycling at its Best
Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
We all know it’s important to recycle to slow the flow of trash into overstuffed landfills. Now discover how to put a creative spin on recycling by upcycling – turning trash into treasures such as art pieces or useful objects. We will explore how trash can be transformed using different techniques and art mediums. But first students will consider how much waste they produce and discuss the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling in their daily lives. They will learn the difference between recycling and upcycling and then brainstorm ways to create artistic, useful and valuable products from discarded materials. As they work on individual and group upcycling projects, students will be encouraged to take creative risks and cultivate imagination, persistence and collaboration. The class will help students understand that they have an important role to play in protecting our planet.
 
Beginner's SketchUp: Designing 3-D Graphics
Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
Have you ever wanted to create imaginative computer-based 3-D graphics? Now’s your chance to design a bridge, a house, a monster or anything else you can dream up. With SketchUp Make 3D Modeling, students will use the familiar pencil-and-paper paradigm in a software context to create 3-dimensional graphic models.
 
Medicine and the Heart
Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Students will explore the body’s circulatory system with a focus on the heart. They will get an introduction to human anatomy and physiology and learn about different diseases linked to the heart. This workshop is aimed at students with an interest in anatomy, especially those considering careers in medicine. Note: Students may use surgical scissors during a dissection activity.
 
Messy Science
Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Students will conduct messy and noisy experiments as they investigate glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, permafrost, sea level rise and tsunamis. We will make slime-like flubber to model glacier movement and create a landscape in a box to simulate the destructive power of earthquakes and tsunamis. Students will also observe lava flow in a volcano fueled by baking soda and vinegar. These and other fun, hands-on experiments provide an engaging introduction to geology, seismology, oceanography and other branches of Earth science.
 
Nature All Around Us: Biomimicry
Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Ever wonder why airplanes resemble birds? Why submarines are shaped like whales? It's because of biomimicry, an approach to development that creates solutions to human challenges by imitating the designs of nature. In this class, we will explore the development of biomimicry and learn how fields like engineering, architecture and music intertwine with biology to influence the structures, technologies and sounds we see and hear every day. Students will create a prosthetic hand, biology-inspired structure or musical recording to take home.
 
Beginner's SketchUp: Designing 3-D Graphics
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
Have you ever wanted to create imaginative computer-based 3-D graphics? Now’s your chance to design a bridge, a house, a monster or anything else you can dream up. With SketchUp Make 3D Modeling, students will use the familiar pencil-and-paper paradigm in a software context to create 3-dimensional graphic models.
 
Exploring the Science of Harry Potter
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Students will explore the science and magic of the world of Harry Potter through video clips, presentations, discussions, activities and artwork. Topics include genetics and trait prediction (parseltongue, giants, squibs), acid/base chemistry (Marauder’s Map), fantastic beasts and herbology. Science has never been so magical!
 
Exploring the Science of Harry Potter
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Students will explore the science and magic of the world of Harry Potter through video clips, presentations, discussions, activities and artwork. Topics include genetics and trait prediction (parseltongue, giants, squibs), acid/base chemistry (Marauder’s Map), fantastic beasts and herbology. Science has never been so magical!
 
Ready, Set, Create: Maker Space Lab
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
A Maker Space is a place where people get together to tinker, ponder and create. In our Maker Space Lab, students will tackle a variety of engineering challenges and develop their own innovation or invention. Using a variety of everyday materials, students will take on challenges such as create a fall-proof skateboard or create an all-weather hat. Art, science and engineering will come into play as students develop innovative solutions. As a final project, students will come up with an innovation or invention of their own. They will gain experience in product design, technical writing and art design as they develop their creations. Then they will present their inventions to a panel of classmates in a format similar to the television show Shark Tank.
 
Slimy Sea Creatures
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Invertebrates like octopuses, jellyfish and squid have fascinating adaptations for life in their ocean ecosystems. Take on the role of marine biologist as we conduct a hands-on investigation of slimy sea creatures. Students will observe and touch sea stars, sand dollars and moon snails, to name a few. They will watch a squid dissection and write their names in squid ink while learning about anatomical structures of invertebrates. We will investigate the secret of how octopuses change color and how pearls are made. Students will also consider what kind of invertebrate they would like to be. They will test their knowledge by playing a game that rewards those with the best mastery of vocabulary from the class. Each student will create artwork to take home using seashells and other materials from Mother Earth. Slimy Sea Creatures offers a great way to inspire students to pursue further studies in marine biology.
 
Messy Science
Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Students will conduct messy and noisy experiments as they investigate glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, permafrost, sea level rise and tsunamis. We will make slime-like flubber to model glacier movement and create a landscape in a box to simulate the destructive power of earthquakes and tsunamis. Students will also observe lava flow in a volcano fueled by baking soda and vinegar. These and other fun, hands-on experiments provide an engaging introduction to geology, seismology, oceanography and other branches of Earth science.
 
How to Train Your Demogorgon: The (Pseudo) Science of Stranger Things
Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Grab a box of Eggos and join us for a brief transdisciplinary tour of 1980s Hawkins, Indiana, as we delve into the (pseudo) science of the popular Netflix series Stranger Things. We will explore the biology and chemistry of the Upside Down and look at parallels in real-world science.
 
Virtual Intro to Arduino: a Hands-On Workshop to Create Your Own Digital Devices!
Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
 
Let Library NExT's Project-in-a-Box (PIB) from UCSD's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering teach you essential skills in combining hardware and software to build different devices through a series of 13 challenges! You will be guided through a hands-on virtual workshop through live instruction. Have fun learning skills in programming and engineering. No experience necessary!
 
Messy Science
Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Students will conduct messy and noisy experiments as they investigate glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, permafrost, sea level rise and tsunamis. We will make slime-like flubber to model glacier movement and create a landscape in a box to simulate the destructive power of earthquakes and tsunamis. Students will also observe lava flow in a volcano fueled by baking soda and vinegar. These and other fun, hands-on experiments provide an engaging introduction to geology, seismology, oceanography and other branches of Earth science.
 
Python: Exploring the Web
Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
A basic understanding of how the internet works is a valuable tool in many of today’s high-tech careers. Explore the intricacies of the web and then use Python to program simple apps for internet communication. Students will examine the technology behind the World Wide Web. Then they will get an introduction to the syntax of the Python programming language and the basics of code documentation. Students will use Python to create a variety of small applications that utilize communications over the internet. In building these applications, they will discover how to use existing network systems to make powerful programs. The class is most suited for students with beginning to intermediate experience in a coding language.
 
Screenwriting
Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
If you dream of making it as a screenwriter, this course is the place to start. Learn proven techniques for crafting a script that tells a story effectively and holds the attention of your audience. We will dissect scripts from popular films to find out what makes a good story and an engaging screenplay. Using the free platform Writer’s Duet, students will learn the accepted way to format a script. They will also gain an understanding of how to structure a screenplay and construct scenes with compelling characters, settings, dialogue and conflict. Through a variety of writing activities, students will sharpen their screenwriting skills. Finally, they will bring together everything they have learned as they storyboard, write and edit their own scripts.
 
Tiny Houses
Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
The tiny-house movement is sweeping the country! Explore how and why people are building houses that take up a fraction of the space of a typical home, and then create your own tiny-house model. Students will learn about architecture, social responsibility and community as they envision and design their own tiny houses. They will use clay and found materials to build scale models of their houses. We will explore concepts including sustainability, functionality and how to incorporate natural light into the house design. Students will practice math skills as they scale their models and workforce skills as they complete their projects within time constraints. To refine their communication skills, students will present their tiny houses to the class. The course offers an inspiring introduction for students interested in architecture and sustainable design.
 
Ready, Set, Create: A Maker Space Lab
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
A Maker Space is a place where people get together to tinker, ponder and create. In our Maker Space Lab, students will tackle a variety of engineering challenges and develop their own innovation or invention. Using a variety of everyday materials, students will take on challenges such as create a fall-proof skateboard or create an all-weather hat. Art, science and engineering will come into play as students develop innovative solutions. As a final project, students will come up with an innovation or invention of their own. They will gain experience in product design, technical writing and art design as they develop their creations. Then they will present their inventions to a panel of classmates in a format similar to the television show Shark Tank.
 
Wonderful World of Waves
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Knowing how waves work is a key to understanding many aspects of the natural world. Dive into the fascinating world of water waves and light waves through hands-on experiments and fun craft projects. Students will explore the science of ocean waves, currents and tsunamis. We will investigate how sand is formed by waves and use microscopes to examine sand from beaches around the world. Students will learn how light waves travel and which color of light travels farthest. Class members will put their new knowledge to work in a variety of art projects, including creating wave paintings with watercolors and salt, and building a miniature surfboard from balsa wood. The class will give students a basis of knowledge for further studies in physics and oceanography.
 
Your Brain and Body on Nature
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
A growing body of research shows that spending time outdoors benefits us physically, emotionally and mentally. Explore the science behind these benefits and learn how to get more nature into your day-to-day life. The average person is awake for 16 hours a day but only spends two of those hours outdoors. We will look at what research tells us about how spending time in nature affects our brains and our bodies. Students will learn how much outdoor time is needed to experience positive effects. We will also look at how to overcome barriers to spending time outdoors and survey great nature spots to visit in San Diego County.

November

Tiny Houses
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
The tiny-house movement is sweeping the country! Explore how and why people are building houses that take up a fraction of the space of a typical home, and then create your own tiny-house model. Students will learn about architecture, social responsibility and community as they envision and design their own tiny houses. They will use clay and found materials to build scale models of their houses. We will explore concepts including sustainability, functionality and how to incorporate natural light into the house design. Students will practice math skills as they scale their models and workforce skills as they complete their projects within time constraints. To refine their communication skills, students will present their tiny houses to the class. The course offers an inspiring introduction for students interested in architecture and sustainable design.
 
Intro to the Global Design Lab: Virtual Exploration & Design for a Sustainable World
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Get a global introduction to sustainable design by using Google Maps and Google Earth as tools for virtual exploration. Analyze sites of past settlements and come up with your own design for a sustainable dwelling or community of the future. Students will gain a deeper understanding of geography, world history and sustainable design as they explore world regions. We will examine historical sites and consider why those sites were successful. After analyzing several case studies, students will learn basic concepts of sustainable design and then sketch a house of the future for a specific site using their new perspective. They will present their sustainable designs to classmates and explain their justifications for specific elements. The class is aimed at students interested in maps, geography, history, natural environments, and sustainable architecture and design.
 
Python: Exploring the Web
Friday, November 6, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
A basic understanding of how the internet works is a valuable tool in many of today’s high-tech careers. Explore the intricacies of the web and then use Python to program simple apps for internet communication. Students will examine the technology behind the World Wide Web. Then they will get an introduction to the syntax of the Python programming language and the basics of code documentation. Students will use Python to create a variety of small applications that utilize communications over the internet. In building these applications, they will discover how to use existing network systems to make powerful programs. The class is most suited for students with beginning to intermediate experience in a coding language.
 
Your Brain and Body on Nature
Friday, November 6, 2020 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
A growing body of research shows that spending time outdoors benefits us physically, emotionally and mentally. Explore the science behind these benefits and learn how to get more nature into your day-to-day life. The average person is awake for 16 hours a day but only spends two of those hours outdoors. We will look at what research tells us about how spending time in nature affects our brains and our bodies. Students will learn how much outdoor time is needed to experience positive effects. We will also look at how to overcome barriers to spending time outdoors and survey great nature spots to visit in San Diego County.
 
Launchpad @ the Library: Virtual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
Two Saturdays, November 7, 2020 and November 14, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
Curious about entrepreneurship but not sure where to start? This virtual two-day course is designed for teens excited to learn about starting their own businesses. Through lectures from UCSD faculty, teamwork, exercises, and discussions with founders of startups, you'll learn how to: 1) come up with viable business ideas, 2) understand the marketing mix and choose your target customer, and 3) develop your positioning and entrepreneurial strategy. The program culminates with a team pitch to expert judges from our startup community!
 
Android App Design
Saturday, November 7, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Android dominates the mobile device market, and Android app design skills are in high demand among tech industry employers. Learn to use MIT App Inventor to create a variety of simple Android apps. Students will learn the basics of Android app design and event-driven programming. Together we will create app background screens and then add elements such as pictures, drawing canvases and buttons. Students will get familiar with MIT App Inventor as they design a variety of simple games and utility apps. We will also learn how to incorporate events so app users can interact with different elements. For a final project, students will work in groups to design and test their own mobile apps. All equipment will be provided, and no prior computer experience is required.
 
Exploring the Science of Harry Potter
Saturday, November 7, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
Students will explore the science and magic of the world of Harry Potter through video clips, presentations, discussions, activities and artwork. Topics include genetics and trait prediction (parseltongue, giants, squibs), acid/base chemistry (Marauder’s Map), fantastic beasts and herbology. Science has never been so magical!
 
How to Train Your Demogorgon: The (Pseudo) Science of Stranger Things
Saturday, November 7, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Grab a box of Eggos and join us for a brief transdisciplinary tour of 1980s Hawkins, Indiana, as we delve into the (pseudo) science of the popular Netflix series Stranger Things. We will explore the biology and chemistry of the Upside Down and look at parallels in real-world science.
 
Intro to Filmmaking
Saturday, November 7, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Filmmaking is a powerful vehicle for making sense of our lives and sharing the stories we want to tell. Learn the skills you need, from scripting and storyboarding to editing and audio, to express your point of view through creation of short films. We will start with an introduction to film theory and move on to the basics of video production, including composition, editing and audio. Students will consider the role stories play in our everyday lives and think about the stories they want to tell. Then, working in groups, students will storyboard, script, film and edit their own short films. Group members will switch roles throughout the week to gain exposure to various facets of filmmaking. We will watch rough cuts of each other’s work and offer constructive critiques. In addition to producing their own videos, students will watch and discuss a variety of short films.
 
Intro to the Global Design Lab: Virtual Exploration & Design for a Sustainable World
Saturday, November 7, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Get a global introduction to sustainable design by using Google Maps and Google Earth as tools for virtual exploration. Analyze sites of past settlements and come up with your own design for a sustainable dwelling or community of the future. Students will gain a deeper understanding of geography, world history and sustainable design as they explore world regions. We will examine historical sites and consider why those sites were successful. After analyzing several case studies, students will learn basic concepts of sustainable design and then sketch a house of the future for a specific site using their new perspective. They will present their sustainable designs to classmates and explain their justifications for specific elements. The class is aimed at students interested in maps, geography, history, natural environments, and sustainable architecture and design.
 
Mysteries of the Human Genome
Saturday, November 7, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
What determines your eye color, straight or curly hair texture, and blood type? It all comes down to DNA! Students will learn the basics of genetics, including how DNA affects the way traits are passed from one generation to the next. Students will create interactive models and play Sherlock Holmes to decode a series of genetic myster
 
Exploring the Science of Harry Potter
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
Students will explore the science and magic of the world of Harry Potter through video clips, presentations, discussions, activities and artwork. Topics include genetics and trait prediction (parseltongue, giants, squibs), acid/base chemistry (Marauder’s Map), fantastic beasts and herbology. Science has never been so magical!
 
Understanding Earth
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
This class will explore the theory of plate tectonics and how plates move around Earth's surface to create landforms. Students will learn to read topological maps and find out how geological events affect us. We will Investigate evolution, geologic time scales and mass extinctions. Through a case study, we will see how human activities change the natural world. Students will also learn how to prepare for geo-hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.
 
Python: Exploring the Web
Friday, November 13, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
A basic understanding of how the internet works is a valuable tool in many of today’s high-tech careers. Explore the intricacies of the web and then use Python to program simple apps for internet communication. Students will examine the technology behind the World Wide Web. Then they will get an introduction to the syntax of the Python programming language and the basics of code documentation. Students will use Python to create a variety of small applications that utilize communications over the internet. In building these applications, they will discover how to use existing network systems to make powerful programs. The class is most suited for students with beginning to intermediate experience in a coding language.
 
Exploring the Science of Harry Potter
Saturday, November 14, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Students will explore the science and magic of the world of Harry Potter through video clips, presentations, discussions, activities and artwork. Topics include genetics and trait prediction (parseltongue, giants, squibs), acid/base chemistry (Marauder’s Map), fantastic beasts and herbology. Science has never been so magical!
 
Intro to the Global Design Lab: Virtual Exploration & Design for a Sustainable World
Saturday, November 14, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Get a global introduction to sustainable design by using Google Maps and Google Earth as tools for virtual exploration. Analyze sites of past settlements and come up with your own design for a sustainable dwelling or community of the future. Students will gain a deeper understanding of geography, world history and sustainable design as they explore world regions. We will examine historical sites and consider why those sites were successful. After analyzing several case studies, students will learn basic concepts of sustainable design and then sketch a house of the future for a specific site using their new perspective. They will present their sustainable designs to classmates and explain their justifications for specific elements. The class is aimed at students interested in maps, geography, history, natural environments, and sustainable architecture and design.
 
Intro to the Global Design Lab: Virtual Exploration & Design for a Sustainable World
Saturday, November 14, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Get a global introduction to sustainable design by using Google Maps and Google Earth as tools for virtual exploration. Analyze sites of past settlements and come up with your own design for a sustainable dwelling or community of the future. Students will gain a deeper understanding of geography, world history and sustainable design as they explore world regions. We will examine historical sites and consider why those sites were successful. After analyzing several case studies, students will learn basic concepts of sustainable design and then sketch a house of the future for a specific site using their new perspective. They will present their sustainable designs to classmates and explain their justifications for specific elements. The class is aimed at students interested in maps, geography, history, natural environments, and sustainable architecture and design.
 
Introduction to Space out
Saturday, November 14, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
The lure of space exploration offers a powerful way to ignite students’ interest in science, technology and engineering. This class guides students on a tour of our solar system and beyond, and then lets them plan their own mission to a distant destination. We will start by exploring our own planet and considering what we can observe about Earth from space. We will survey other planets in our solar system and discuss what we need to know about a planet before we go there. Students will learn about “galaxies far, far away” and get a sense of just how vast distances in space are. They will consider what we know about Earth-like planets around other Suns and imagine what form life might take there. Inspired by what they learn, students will plan their own exploratory mission to another planet and create a model of a spacecraft that could take them there. The class provides a base of knowledge to build on as students move ahead with studies in astronomy, Earth science, engineering and more.
 
Math and Murals
Saturday, November 14, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Math & Murals: Colorful murals can really brighten public spaces and urban landscapes. Learn how to use math and materials science – plus artistic inspiration – to design and execute large-scale murals. Students will investigate how various types of paint adhere to different surfaces and will become efficient at calculating the needed materials and costs to complete murals. Then they will work either individually or in groups to create a sample mural. We will discuss how to get permission and permits for final mural placement. Topics will also include funding and grants and how to use technology to enhance designs. Students will discover the value of merging math and science with creativity to produce successful projects.
 
Physics of Fidget Spinners (Elementary Level)
Saturday, November 14, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Ever wonder why some fidget spinners spin longer or hum louder than others? You will discover answers to these questions and much more as we learn about motion, tension, gravity and other fantastic phenomena related to fidget spinners and the world at large.
 
Introduction to Space Out
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
The lure of space exploration offers a powerful way to ignite students’ interest in science, technology and engineering. This class guides students on a tour of our solar system and beyond, and then lets them plan their own mission to a distant destination. We will start by exploring our own planet and considering what we can observe about Earth from space. We will survey other planets in our solar system and discuss what we need to know about a planet before we go there. Students will learn about “galaxies far, far away” and get a sense of just how vast distances in space are. They will consider what we know about Earth-like planets around other Suns and imagine what form life might take there. Inspired by what they learn, students will plan their own exploratory mission to another planet and create a model of a spacecraft that could take them there. The class provides a base of knowledge to build on as students move ahead with studies in astronomy, Earth science, engineering and more.
 
Wellness in the Digital Age
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
Living in a digital age with technology all around us has many benefits but also creates serious challenges to our well-being. Learn how to set healthy boundaries on your use of electronic devices while also cultivating practices that promote wellness. We will look at what research shows about the negative effects of too much technology use. For one thing, our dependence on devices is causing us to spend more time indoors and less time in nature than ever before. Participants will learn how spending time in nature provides an effective counterbalance to increased screen time and tech use. We will also look at the benefits of cultivating mindfulness and a growth mindset and of making time for play. Finally, we will consider how to incorporate these practices into our daily lives.
 
Mysteries of the Human Genome
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
What determines your eye color, straight or curly hair texture, and blood type? It all comes down to DNA! Students will learn the basics of genetics, including how DNA affects the way traits are passed from one generation to the next. Students will create interactive models and play Sherlock Holmes to decode a series of genetic myster
 
Medicine and the Heart
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
Students will explore the body’s circulatory system with a focus on the heart. They will get an introduction to human anatomy and physiology and learn about different diseases linked to the heart. This workshop is aimed at students with an interest in anatomy, especially those considering careers in medicine. Note: Students may use surgical scissors during a dissection activity.
 
Virtual Intro to Arduino: a Hands-On Workshop to Create Your Own Digital Devices!
Saturday, November 21, 2020 | 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
 
Let Library NExT's Project-in-a-Box (PIB) from UCSD's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering teach you essential skills in combining hardware and software to build different devices through a series of 13 challenges! You will be guided through a hands-on virtual workshop through live instruction. Have fun learning skills in programming and engineering. No experience necessary!
 
Intro to Filmmaking
Saturday, November 21, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Filmmaking is a powerful vehicle for making sense of our lives and sharing the stories we want to tell. Learn the skills you need, from scripting and storyboarding to editing and audio, to express your point of view through creation of short films. We will start with an introduction to film theory and move on to the basics of video production, including composition, editing and audio. Students will consider the role stories play in our everyday lives and think about the stories they want to tell. Then, working in groups, students will storyboard, script, film and edit their own short films. Group members will switch roles throughout the week to gain exposure to various facets of filmmaking. We will watch rough cuts of each other’s work and offer constructive critiques. In addition to producing their own videos, students will watch and discuss a variety of short films.
 
Understanding Earth
Saturday, November 21, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
This class will explore the theory of plate tectonics and how plates move around Earth's surface to create landforms. Students will learn to read topological maps and find out how geological events affect us. We will Investigate evolution, geologic time scales and mass extinctions. Through a case study, we will see how human activities change the natural world. Students will also learn how to prepare for geo-hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.
 
Your Brain and Body on Nature
Saturday, November 21, 2020 | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
A growing body of research shows that spending time outdoors benefits us physically, emotionally and mentally. Explore the science behind these benefits and learn how to get more nature into your day-to-day life. The average person is awake for 16 hours a day but only spends two of those hours outdoors. We will look at what research tells us about how spending time in nature affects our brains and our bodies. Students will learn how much outdoor time is needed to experience positive effects. We will also look at how to overcome barriers to spending time outdoors and survey great nature spots to visit in San Diego County.

December

Math and Murals
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Math & Murals: Colorful murals can really brighten public spaces and urban landscapes. Learn how to use math and materials science – plus artistic inspiration – to design and execute large-scale murals. Students will investigate how various types of paint adhere to different surfaces and will become efficient at calculating the needed materials and costs to complete murals. Then they will work either individually or in groups to create a sample mural. We will discuss how to get permission and permits for final mural placement. Topics will also include funding and grants and how to use technology to enhance designs. Students will discover the value of merging math and science with creativity to produce successful projects.
 
How to Train Your Demogorgon: The (Pseudo) Science of Stranger Things
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Grab a box of Eggos and join us for a brief transdisciplinary tour of 1980s Hawkins, Indiana, as we delve into the (pseudo) science of the popular Netflix series Stranger Things. We will explore the biology and chemistry of the Upside Down and look at parallels in real-world science.
 
Wellness in the Digital Age
Friday, December 4, 2020 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Living in a digital age with technology all around us has many benefits but also creates serious challenges to our well-being. Learn how to set healthy boundaries on your use of electronic devices while also cultivating practices that promote wellness. We will look at what research shows about the negative effects of too much technology use. For one thing, our dependence on devices is causing us to spend more time indoors and less time in nature than ever before. Participants will learn how spending time in nature provides an effective counterbalance to increased screen time and tech use. We will also look at the benefits of cultivating mindfulness and a growth mindset and of making time for play. Finally, we will consider how to incorporate these practices into our daily lives.
 
Craftronics
Saturday, December 5, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Students will explore the basics of circuits and electronic elements by using them in craft projects. Possible projects include a moving origami swan, light-up LED bracelet, moving robot bug, Play-Doh electronic sculpture, paper-circuit game or light-effects card. Each student will take home a working electronic craft.
 
Introduction to Space out
Saturday, December 5, 2020 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
The lure of space exploration offers a powerful way to ignite students’ interest in science, technology and engineering. This class guides students on a tour of our solar system and beyond, and then lets them plan their own mission to a distant destination. We will start by exploring our own planet and considering what we can observe about Earth from space. We will survey other planets in our solar system and discuss what we need to know about a planet before we go there. Students will learn about “galaxies far, far away” and get a sense of just how vast distances in space are. They will consider what we know about Earth-like planets around other Suns and imagine what form life might take there. Inspired by what they learn, students will plan their own exploratory mission to another planet and create a model of a spacecraft that could take them there. The class provides a base of knowledge to build on as students move ahead with studies in astronomy, Earth science, engineering and more.
 
Screenwriting
Saturday, December 5, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
If you dream of making it as a screenwriter, this course is the place to start. Learn proven techniques for crafting a script that tells a story effectively and holds the attention of your audience. We will dissect scripts from popular films to find out what makes a good story and an engaging screenplay. Using the free platform Writer’s Duet, students will learn the accepted way to format a script. They will also gain an understanding of how to structure a screenplay and construct scenes with compelling characters, settings, dialogue and conflict. Through a variety of writing activities, students will sharpen their screenwriting skills. Finally, they will bring together everything they have learned as they storyboard, write and edit their own scripts.
 
Screenwriting
Saturday, December 5, 2020 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
If you dream of making it as a screenwriter, this course is the place to start. Learn proven techniques for crafting a script that tells a story effectively and holds the attention of your audience. We will dissect scripts from popular films to find out what makes a good story and an engaging screenplay. Using the free platform Writer’s Duet, students will learn the accepted way to format a script. They will also gain an understanding of how to structure a screenplay and construct scenes with compelling characters, settings, dialogue and conflict. Through a variety of writing activities, students will sharpen their screenwriting skills. Finally, they will bring together everything they have learned as they storyboard, write and edit their own scripts.
 
Leadership in the Digital Age
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
The leaders of tomorrow will combine leadership skills with a grasp of technology. Develop the skills and practices you will need to exercise leadership in the digital age. We will explore prominent leadership theories and philosophies, including Adaptive Leadership, Servant Leadership and Transformational Leadership. Students will consider the impact of social media and technology on leadership in today’s world. We will also look at the importance of self-awareness and mindfulness in a leader and at the difference between leadership and authority. Students will learn about different personality types and discover how personality type informs the way a person interacts with individuals and groups. Students will also examine what their core values are and consider how such values affect the practice of leadership.
 
Ready, Set, Create: A Maker Space Lab
Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
A Maker Space is a place where people get together to tinker, ponder and create. In our Maker Space Lab, students will tackle a variety of engineering challenges and develop their own innovation or invention. Using a variety of everyday materials, students will take on challenges such as create a fall-proof skateboard or create an all-weather hat. Art, science and engineering will come into play as students develop innovative solutions. As a final project, students will come up with an innovation or invention of their own. They will gain experience in product design, technical writing and art design as they develop their creations. Then they will present their inventions to a panel of classmates in a format similar to the television show Shark Tank.
 
Tiny Houses
Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
The tiny-house movement is sweeping the country! Explore how and why people are building houses that take up a fraction of the space of a typical home, and then create your own tiny-house model. Students will learn about architecture, social responsibility and community as they envision and design their own tiny houses. They will use clay and found materials to build scale models of their houses. We will explore concepts including sustainability, functionality and how to incorporate natural light into the house design. Students will practice math skills as they scale their models and workforce skills as they complete their projects within time constraints. To refine their communication skills, students will present their tiny houses to the class. The course offers an inspiring introduction for students interested in architecture and sustainable design.
 
Exploring the Science of Harry Potter
Saturday, December 12, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
Students will explore the science and magic of the world of Harry Potter through video clips, presentations, discussions, activities and artwork. Topics include genetics and trait prediction (parseltongue, giants, squibs), acid/base chemistry (Marauder’s Map), fantastic beasts and herbology. Science has never been so magical!
 
Math and Murals
Saturday, December 12, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Math & Murals: Colorful murals can really brighten public spaces and urban landscapes. Learn how to use math and materials science – plus artistic inspiration – to design and execute large-scale murals. Students will investigate how various types of paint adhere to different surfaces and will become efficient at calculating the needed materials and costs to complete murals. Then they will work either individually or in groups to create a sample mural. We will discuss how to get permission and permits for final mural placement. Topics will also include funding and grants and how to use technology to enhance designs. Students will discover the value of merging math and science with creativity to produce successful projects.
 
Nature All Around Us: Biomimicry
Saturday, December 12, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Ever wonder why airplanes resemble birds? Why submarines are shaped like whales? It's because of biomimicry, an approach to development that creates solutions to human challenges by imitating the designs of nature. In this class, we will explore the development of biomimicry and learn how fields like engineering, architecture and music intertwine with biology to influence the structures, technologies and sounds we see and hear every day. Students will create a prosthetic hand, biology-inspired structure or musical recording to take home.
 
Python: Exploring the Web
Saturday, December 12, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
A basic understanding of how the internet works is a valuable tool in many of today’s high-tech careers. Explore the intricacies of the web and then use Python to program simple apps for internet communication. Students will examine the technology behind the World Wide Web. Then they will get an introduction to the syntax of the Python programming language and the basics of code documentation. Students will use Python to create a variety of small applications that utilize communications over the internet. In building these applications, they will discover how to use existing network systems to make powerful programs. The class is most suited for students with beginning to intermediate experience in a coding language.
 
Ready, Set, Create: A Maker Space Lab
Saturday, December 12, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
A Maker Space is a place where people get together to tinker, ponder and create. In our Maker Space Lab, students will tackle a variety of engineering challenges and develop their own innovation or invention. Using a variety of everyday materials, students will take on challenges such as create a fall-proof skateboard or create an all-weather hat. Art, science and engineering will come into play as students develop innovative solutions. As a final project, students will come up with an innovation or invention of their own. They will gain experience in product design, technical writing and art design as they develop their creations. Then they will present their inventions to a panel of classmates in a format similar to the television show Shark Tank.
 
Screenwriting
Saturday, December 12, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
If you dream of making it as a screenwriter, this course is the place to start. Learn proven techniques for crafting a script that tells a story effectively and holds the attention of your audience. We will dissect scripts from popular films to find out what makes a good story and an engaging screenplay. Using the free platform Writer’s Duet, students will learn the accepted way to format a script. They will also gain an understanding of how to structure a screenplay and construct scenes with compelling characters, settings, dialogue and conflict. Through a variety of writing activities, students will sharpen their screenwriting skills. Finally, they will bring together everything they have learned as they storyboard, write and edit their own scripts.
 
Slimy Sea Creatures
Saturday, December 12, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Invertebrates like octopuses, jellyfish and squid have fascinating adaptations for life in their ocean ecosystems. Take on the role of marine biologist as we conduct a hands-on investigation of slimy sea creatures. Students will observe and touch sea stars, sand dollars and moon snails, to name a few. They will watch a squid dissection and write their names in squid ink while learning about anatomical structures of invertebrates. We will investigate the secret of how octopuses change color and how pearls are made. Students will also consider what kind of invertebrate they would like to be. They will test their knowledge by playing a game that rewards those with the best mastery of vocabulary from the class. Each student will create artwork to take home using seashells and other materials from Mother Earth. Slimy Sea Creatures offers a great way to inspire students to pursue further studies in marine biology.
 
Virtual Intro to Arduino: a Hands-On Workshop to Create Your Own Digital Devices!
Saturday, December 19, 2020 | 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
 
Let Library NExT's Project-in-a-Box (PIB) from UCSD's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering teach you essential skills in combining hardware and software to build different devices through a series of 13 challenges! You will be guided through a hands-on virtual workshop through live instruction. Have fun learning skills in programming and engineering. No experience necessary!
 
Introduction to Ocean Science and Marine Biodiversity
Saturday, December 19, 2020 | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
The ocean is home to a fascinating variety of ecosystems, from tide pools along the shore to the depths of the middle Pacific. Dive below the surface to explore marine biodiversity and to learn how people can help protect it. Students will explore a variety of ecosystems, including California’s own kelp forests, where sea lions, dolphins and whales roam. They will examine how human activities are changing these ecosystems and how marine creatures cope with the changes. We will take a look at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to learn how plastics move around our oceans. The class will also look at how the work of marine biologists can help protect the diversity of sea life. Hands-on activities will include experiments, dissection of ocean animals and creation of hand-crafted marine creatures from recycled plastics and trash.

STEAM Videos

The San Diego Public Library is excited to present a series of videos for our Summer Library NExT STEAM programs! These fun videos will inspire and engage students of all ages to keep up on their STEAM studies while experiencing STEAM subjects and entertaining exploration!
 
For more Library NExT videos click here!
 

 

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The Great Geography Clues Game
 
Do you have what it takes to earn the crown of The Great Geography Clues Game? You will be exploring the world, while given several clues along the way in order to guess the famous place or city in question. Take the quiz and then challenge your family and friends to beat your score. Good luck!

 

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Glowies: Crafting with Instamorph
 
Learn about plastic casting and electronics with Instamorph - a safe, non-toxic, low temperature thermoplastic. Similar to hot glue but you can mold it, or shape it by hand. When it cools, it turns hard again. Put an LED in it while it's soft and attach a coin cell battery to make a "Glowie". The molds are also easy to make, from 100% silicone and cornstarch.

 

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Tiny Houses: Mini Architecture
 
Learn all about the tiny house design process.

 

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Craftronics: Popsicle Stick Flashlight
 
Learn how to create a simple circuit flashlight project using the items around the house like popsicle sticks, binder clips and aluminum foil.

 

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Introduction to Python Programming
 
Get a jump start into python programming. This video covers the installation of python with Anaconda, print statements, and variables. After viewing the video, you have a chance to study python programming with a free textbook provided in the links below.

 

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SketchUp
 
SketchUp is a free 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architecture, furniture design, 3D printing, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. In this short video, you will learn how to build a simple 3D object using basic commands and tools which will allow you to turn all your ideas into 3 dimensions.

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