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Library NExT

Library NExT (Network of Education x Training) is a series of workshops for middle and high school students on topics including robotics, circuits and 3D modeling. Initially started as a pilot program at six San Diego libraries in 2017, it expanded to 10 locations in 2018 with plans to be offered at more 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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Program Your Future

With the addition of “Program Your Future” to the program, Library NExT offers high school students in-depth knowledge and training for high demand career tracks or collegiate pursuits. Students receive digital badges when they complete each course. When all courses of a track are complete, students receive a certificate from the globally-recognized UC San Diego Extension, which can set them apart when applying for college or pursuing a career.

 

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April Programs

Marine Mammals of California
April 20, 2019 | 2:00 - 5:00 | Paradise Hills Library | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th Grade)
 
A large number of creatures call the ocean home, and many of them are mammals. In this workshop, students will explore the characteristics of marine mammals, especially the dolphins, whales and seals found off the California coast. Through hands-on activities, students will learn about marine mammal adaptations, such as echolocation in whales and locomotion in seals and sea lions. Students will also study coloration and fur patterns by sculpting marine mammals in clay to take home. The goal of this course is to leave students with a better understanding of California marine mammals and how we can make simple changes in our lives to help preserve these fascinating creatures.
 
Marine Mammals of California
April 24, 2019 | 4:00 - 7:00 PM | San Ysidro Library | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th – 8th Grade)
 
A large number of creatures call the ocean home, and many of them are mammals. In this workshop, students will explore the characteristics of marine mammals, especially the dolphins, whales and seals found off the California coast. Through hands-on activities, students will learn about marine mammal adaptations, such as echolocation in whales and locomotion in seals and sea lions. Students will also study coloration and fur patterns by sculpting marine mammals in clay to take home. The goal of this course is to leave students with a better understanding of California marine mammals and how we can make simple changes in our lives to help preserve these fascinating creatures.
 
Slime and Non-Newtonian Fluids
April 24, 2019 | 3:00 - 6:00 PM | Pacific Beach Library | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th Grade)
 
Slime: it’s slippery, gooey, malleable and oozy. But did you know you could use it to illustrate phenomena in the natural world? Just like slime, Earth’s glaciers, mudslides and quaking bogs are made of fluids that are neither liquid nor solid. Prepare for slimy fun as we investigate the interplay between viscosity, friction and gravity. Slime recipes included!
 
Exploring the Science of Harry Potter
April 27, 2019 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM | Rancho Penasquitos Library | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)
 
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!
 
Animation and Video Game Design Using Scratch
April 30, 2019 | 3:00 - 6:00 PM | Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th Grade)
 
Make zombies, princesses and flying carpets come to life as you develop your own online game! Using the computer program Scratch, students will learn about character and storyboard design as well as basic animation to create their own games. No prior computer coding experience is required.
 
Virtual Exploration for a Sustainable World
April 30, 2019 | 4:00 - 7:00 PM | Skyline Library | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)
 
In this workshop, students will gain a deeper understanding of geography, world history and sustainable design through a virtual exploration of world regions using Google Maps and Google Earth. Students will examine historical sites, study their development and consider why those sites were successful. After analyzing several case studies, students will understand the basic concepts of sustainable design and then use their new perspective as they sketch a house of the future for a specific global site. They will present their sustainable designs to their classmates and offer justifications for specific design elements.

May Programs

Introduction to Circuits Using Makey-Makey
May 4, 2019 | 2:00 - 5:00 PM | Mission Valley Library | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)
 
Do electronics and bananas go together? Absolutely! Using Makey Makey circuit boards, students will create fun circuits that incorporate everyday items like gummy bears, aluminum foil or bouncy balls. Students will then use their new circuitry skills to make games, music or art.
 
Quest Space Kit: Heat Experiments on the ISS
May 4, 2019 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM | Mira Mesa Library | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)
 
The Quest for Space Heat Starter Kit provides you an opportunity to explore the science of heating and cooling by building and programming three different experiments in radiation, convection, and conduction. You will build and customize the hardware for each experiment using heating bulbs and resistors, temperature sensors, various mounts, wires and screws. After the mechanical assembly, you will spend time programming and customizing in the Arduino environment and C programming language to your experiment and collect data automatically. Finally, you will run your experiment configuration on the ISS and analyze the data to determine how different types of heat transfer affect heating and cooling behavior in microgravity.
 
Messy Science
May 11, 2019 | 2:00 - 5:00 PM | Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th Grade)
 
Learn about Earth science as you never have before – by handling messy slime and conducting noisy and colorful experiments. Discover the physics, chemistry and biology of volcanoes, rain clouds, rock formation and other natural phenomena as you stomp, squeeze and sometimes eat your way through hands-on activities.
 
Slime and Non-Newtonian Fluids
May 18, 2019 | 2:00 - 5:00 PM | Paradise Hills Library | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th Grade)
 
Slime: it’s slippery, gooey, malleable and oozy. But did you know you could use it to illustrate phenomena in the natural world? Just like slime, Earth’s glaciers, mudslides and quaking bogs are made of fluids that are neither liquid nor solid. Prepare for slimy fun as we investigate the interplay between viscosity, friction and gravity. Slime recipes included!
 
Being Sherlock: The Art of the Mystery and the Science of Forensics
May 18, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM |Pacific Beach Library | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)
 
If you like reading mysteries and are intrigued by crime investigation, then this class is for you! Explore the exciting world of forensics, including DNA evidence, fingerprints and handwriting analysis. Then learn how mystery writers incorporate this information into their books. No experience is required.

June Programs

Messy Science
June 4, 2019 | 4:00 - 7:00 PM | Skyline Library | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th Grade)
 
Learn about Earth science as you never have before – by handling messy slime and conducting noisy and colorful experiments. Discover the physics, chemistry and biology of volcanoes, rain clouds, rock formation and other natural phenomena as you stomp, squeeze and sometimes eat your way through hands-on activities.
 
Slimy Sea Creatures
June 8, 2019 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM | Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library| Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th Grade)
 
Want to learn about sea stars, sand dollars, moon snails and other slimy creatures? In this class, you will act as a marine biologist as you discover the secrets of how octopuses change color and how oysters make pearls. Finish the class by creating artwork inspired by your underwater exploration.
 
Slimy Sea Creatures
June 10, 2019 | 3:30 - 6:30 PM | Central Library | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th Grade)
 
Want to learn about sea stars, sand dollars, moon snails and other slimy creatures? In this class, you will act as a marine biologist as you discover the secrets of how octopuses change color and how oysters make pearls. Finish the class by creating artwork inspired by your underwater exploration.
 
Squid Dissection
June 11, 2019 | 4:00 – 7:00 PM | College-Rolando Library | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)
 
Things may get a little inky as students work together to dissect a real squid. Students will develop scientific research skills as they learn about squids and other animals found in ocean ecosystems.
 
Virtual Exploration for a Sustainable World
June 13, 2019 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM | Tierrasanta Library | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)
 
In this workshop, students will gain a deeper understanding of geography, world history and sustainable design through a virtual exploration of world regions using Google Maps and Google Earth. Students will examine historical sites, study their development and consider why those sites were successful. After analyzing several case studies, students will understand the basic concepts of sustainable design and then use their new perspective as they sketch a house of the future for a specific global site. They will present their sustainable designs to their classmates and offer justifications for specific design elements.
 
Eclipse
June 15, 2019 | 2:00 - 5:00 PM | City Heights/Weingart Library | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th Grade)
 
Throughout history, the movement of the skies has been a source of fascination and an inspiration for both mythology and exploration.  Much folklore surround eclipses, when one celestial body passes through the shadow of another.  Often these have been interpreted as powerful portents or divine acts. In this class, we will explore the history of human understanding of eclipse events and trace the evolution of the science that led to the current view of the mechanics of the Earth-Moon-Sun system and the solar system as a whole. From this foundation we develop the means to predict and observe directly these events when they occur.  Finally, we build pinhole cameras that allow participants to SAFELY observe the sun and its interactions with all that orbit in its gravitational pull. These classes are led by high-level, fun-loving, scientists who will also introduce and discuss exciting new research revealing the existence other earths, moons and suns similar to our own.

Recently Offered

Python
This course will introduce students to computer programming via the Python programming language. Each class will consist of a brief lecture, followed by a self-guided demo. The course will cover basic topics in programming, such as arithmetic and Boolean expressions, string manipulation, conditional statements, for and while loops, I/O, and abstract functions. Attention will be paid to helping students develop good programming habits and code documentation. Students will be evaluated with weekly problem sets and a final project.
 
Independent Film Making
Books and videos can transport us into any world we want! Join us to explore the basics of video production (composition, filming and editing) and storytelling in a 3-sessions amateur filmmaking series. Collaborate with friends to make a video about you and your neighborhood using equipment that's at your fingertips – phones and tablets!
 
Music and Your Brain
In this Library NExT program, students explore how music affects the brain and body in physical, cognitive, and emotional ways. Learn how every person has unique connections with music yet there are many shared reacts and interactions to music. Together we explore how music relates to cultural identity, history, math and science. This class is built around musical activities and group work as students discover new ways to think musically.
 
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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This project is funded in whole or in part with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the City of San Diego.

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