Under the guidance of the CA Department of Public Health and San Diego County’s Public Health Officer, 12 San Diego Public Library locations are open for limited in-person services Monday – Saturday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and will be closed from 1-2 pm for cleaning.  Online library servicesContactless Holds Pickup, and all book drops are available to the public. Find specific information on operations.

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Library NExT

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 72 + other STEAM courses. Initially started as a pilot program at six San Diego libraries in 2017, it has expanded to 24 locations in 2021 with plans to be offered all at 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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For questions about the program, please contact us at LibraryNext@sandiego.gov.
 
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Spring 2021 Virtual Library NExT Programs

   Spring 2021 Virtual Library NExT Courses are here!

All programs from March through June 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.

 

March

Virtual Slimy Sea Creatures
Tuesday, March 02, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30 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 an investigation of slimy sea creatures. Students will observe sea stars, sand dollars and moon snails, to name a few. They will watch a squid dissection and learn 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 Introduction to Python Programming
Tuesday, March 02, 2021 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
A basic understanding of how the internet works is a valuable tool in many 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.
 
Virtual Introduction to 3D Modeling with Blender
Thursday, March 04, 2021 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
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.
 
Virtual Medicine and the Heart
Saturday, March 06, 2021 | 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Students will virtualy 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.
 
Virtual Introduction to Space Out
Saturday, March 06, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
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.
 
Virtual Slime and Non-Newtonian Fluids
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Slime: It’s slippery, gooey and oozy. But did you know you can use slime to model 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!
 
Virtual Tiny Houses: Mini- Architecture
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 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 simple materials found around the house (including shipping boxes, repurposed rinsed out/not dirty food and fruit containers you would normally throw away) 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. The course offers an inspiring introduction for students interested in architecture and sustainable design.
 
Virtual How to Train Your Demogorgon: The (Pseudo) Science of Stranger Things
Friday, March 12, 2021 | 4:30 - 6:00 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. The course will survey the history and culture of late 20th century America, including advancements in engineering, science and technology. We will look at how Stranger Things’ world parallels concepts in fields such as ocean and space science, parapsychology and neurobiology, including extrasensory perception and psychokinesis. Students will explore the idea of using STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) as a foundation for imaginative problem solving and creative storytelling.
 
Virtual Intro to the Global Design Lab: Virtual Exploration & Design for a Sustainable World
Friday, March 12, 2021 | 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. The class is aimed at students interested in maps, geography, history, natural environments, and sustainable architecture and design.
 
Virtual Nature All Around Us: Biomimicry
Saturday, March 13, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 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.
 
Virtual Craftronics
Saturday, March 13, 2021 | 10:30 - 12 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
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.
 
Virual Math and Murals
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
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
 
Virtual Introduction to Trash to Treasures: Upcycling at its Best
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
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. .
 
Virtual Marine Mammals of California
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
This workshop introduces students to the many marine mammals native to San Diego, including seals, sea lions, dolphins and great whales. Through virtual activities, students will learn about marine mammal adaptations, such as echolocation in whales and locomotion in seals and sea lions.
 
Virtual Introduction to Film Making
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30 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 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.
 
Virtual Introduction to Space Out
Saturday, March 20, 2021 | 2:30 - 4:00 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.
 
Virtual Medicine and the Heart
Saturday, March 20, 2021 | 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th - 12th)
 
Students will virtualy 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.
 
Virtual Beginner's SketchUp: Designing 3-D Graphics
Saturday, March 20, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 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.
 
Virtual Ocean Science and Marine Biodiversity
Monday, March 29, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.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.
 
Virtual Exploration and Design for a Sustainable World
Monday, March 29, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 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. The class is aimed at students interested in maps, geography, history, natural environments, and sustainable architecture and design.
 
Virtual Medicine and The Heart
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
Students will virtually 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.

April

Virtual Ocean Series: Exploring Kelp Forests
Friday, April 2, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd-5th)
 
Delve into the underwater ecosystem of San Diego’s kelp forest as you learn about algae and other incredible organisms. Interactive “creature features” will highlight a variety of marine animals, including invertebrates, fish and sharks.
 
Virtual Screenwriting
Friday, April 2, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
If you dream of making it as a screenwriter, this workshop 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.
 
Virtual Nature All Around Us: Biomimicry
Saturday, April 3, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 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.
 
Virtual Intro to Electronics
Saturday, April 3, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Using various electronic components, students will learn the basics of circuits and build mid-level bread board projects such as a light-sensitive nightlight, railroad crossing signal with timer, a sound effect board, pocket flashlight and more. Students will learn how to draw and identify circuit drawings. Students will also be working with integrated chips and learn how capacitors and transistors can be used in a project for a specific purpose.
 
Virtual Math and Murals
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | 3:30 - 5 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
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
 
Virtual Introduction to Space Out
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | 3:30 - 5 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.
 
Virtual Physics of Fidget Spinners
Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 3:30 - 5 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.
 
Virtual Slime and Non-Newtonian Fluids
Saturday, April 10, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd-5th)
 
Slime: It’s slippery, gooey and oozy. But did you know you can use slime to model 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!
 
Virtual Cracking the COVID-19 Code
Saturday, April 10, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd-5th)
 
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the plethora of news surrounding the mystery of COVID-19, this course is an exploration into the world of viruses. We will be establishing a strong understanding of viruses and dive in to examine SARS-CoV-2 from biological and societal perspectives. Students will examine the virus’s mechanism of action and how it interacts with the human body. Students will learn about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccines and how scientists use viruses in both scientific and medical advancements.
 
Virtual Disney Style: Act, Sing and Stretch
Monday, April 12, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd-5th)
 
Do you love to perform? Let's dance, sing and act out our favorite songs and scenes from the movies you love! By the end of this program students will learn active vocal warm-ups, physical stretches and tongue twisters to help them get ready to perform.
 
Virtual Wellness in the Digital Age
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 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.
 
Virtual Psyched for Psychology
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Get totally psyched about psychology! Through demonstrations and group activities, students will explore various topics in psychology, including perception, personality, social experiments, brain anatomy and functionality, development, and memory. Students will design their own superheroes using their knowledge of the brain, play memory games, participate in social psychology studies, and more! Taking on the role of psychologists, the students will begin to uncover the many mysteries underlying human behavior.
 
Virtual Marine Mammals of California
Friday, April 16, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
This workshop introduces students to the many marine mammals native to San Diego, including seals, sea lions, dolphins and great whales. Through virtual activities, students will learn about marine mammal adaptations, such as echolocation in whales and locomotion in seals and sea lions.
 
Virtual Ocean Science and Marine Biodiversity
Saturday, April 17, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
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.
 
Virtual Cracking the COVID-19 Code
Saturday, April 17, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the plethora of news surrounding the mystery of COVID-19, this course is an exploration into the world of viruses. We will be establishing a strong understanding of viruses and dive in to examine SARS-CoV-2 from biological and societal perspectives. Students will examine the virus’s mechanism of action and how it interacts with the human body. Students will learn about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccines and how scientists use viruses in both scientific and medical advancements.
 
Virtual Messy Science
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 3:30 - 5 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd-5th)
 
Ready to get messy in the name of science? We will design things, test things, throw things and stomp on things while exploring fascinating phenomena in Earth science. 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.
 
Virtual Beginner's SketchUp: Designing 3-D Graphics
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 3:30 - 5 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.
 
Virtual Ocean Series: Exploring Kelp Forests
Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 3:30 - 5 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Delve into the underwater ecosystem of San Diego’s kelp forest as you learn about algae and other incredible organisms. Interactive “creature features” will highlight a variety of marine animals, including invertebrates, fish and sharks.
 
Virtual Lights, Camera, Acting
Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 3:30 - 5p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Welcome to acting bootcamp! Every day we'll be exploring different realms of the performing arts world. We'll tackle theatre acting, musical theatre acting, Shakespeare, commercial acting and film/tv acting. By the end of this course students will have general knowledge of many genres of acting. Students will learn the basics of musical theatre. Students will dive into beginning Shakespeare. Students will find out about what a professional audition is like and learn how to do one. Students will learn about commercial acting.
 
Virtual Cracking the COVID-19 Code
Saturday, April 24, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the plethora of news surrounding the mystery of COVID-19, this course is an exploration into the world of viruses. We will be establishing a strong understanding of viruses and dive in to examine SARS-CoV-2 from biological and societal perspectives. Students will examine the virus’s mechanism of action and how it interacts with the human body. Students will learn about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccines and how scientists use viruses in both scientific and medical advancements.
 
Virtual Improv and Acting Games
Monday, April 26, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
If you love to laugh, act and perform this is a perfect class for you! We’ll be learning all about improvisation, performing improvised scenes, and discovering how improv is used in all sorts of performance.  Students will be able to perform short improv scenes. Students will know how to use improv in auditions. Students will learn how to incorporate props, location and characters into their scene work. They will learn acting games to strengthen their confidence and ability to think on their feet.
 
Virtual Medicine and The Heart
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Students will virtually 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.
 
Virtual Intro to 3D Modeling with Blender
Friday, April 30, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
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.
 
Virtual Math and Murals
Friday, April 30, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd-5th)
 
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.

May

Virtual Medicine and The Heart
Saturday, May 1, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd-5th)
 
Students will virtually 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.
 
Virtual Disney Style: Act, Sing and Stretch
Saturday, May 1, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Do you love to perform? Let's dance, sing and act out our favorite songs and scenes from the movies you love! By the end of this program students will learn active vocal warm-ups, physical stretches and tongue twisters to help them get ready to perform.
 
Virtual Introduction to Space Out
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 | 3:30 - 5 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
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.
 
Virtual Slimy Sea Creatures
Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 3:30 - 5 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
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 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. Slimy Sea Creatures offers a great way to inspire students to pursue further studies in marine biology.
 
Virtual Exploration and Design for a Sustainable World
Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 3:30 - 5 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. The class is aimed at students interested in maps, geography, history, natural environments, and sustainable architecture and design.
 
Virtual Nature All Around Us: Biomimicry
Saturday, May 8, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 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.
 
Virtual Craftronics
Saturday, May 8, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 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 program has a new project!
 
Virtual Beginner's SketchUp: Designing 3-D Graphics
Monday, May 10, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 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.
 
Virtual Lights, Camera, Acting
Monday, May 10, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
Welcome to acting bootcamp! Every day we'll be exploring different realms of the performing arts world. We'll tackle theatre acting, musical theatre acting, Shakespeare, commercial acting and film/tv acting. By the end of this course students will have general knowledge of many genres of acting. Students will learn the basics of musical theatre. Students will dive into beginning Shakespeare. Students will find out about what a professional audition is like and learn how to do one. Students will learn about commercial acting.
 
Virtual Wellness in the Digital Age
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 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.
 
Virtual Intro to 3D Modeling with Blender
Friday, May 14, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
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.
 
Virtual Understanding Earth
Friday, May 14, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 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.
 
Virtual Marine Mammals of California
Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd-5th)
 
This workshop introduces students to the many marine mammals native to San Diego, including seals, sea lions, dolphins and great whales. Through virtual activities, students will learn about marine mammal adaptations, such as echolocation in whales and locomotion in seals and sea lions.
 
Virtual Beginner's SketchUp: Designing 3-D Graphics
Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 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.
 
Virtual Introduction to Python Programming
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 3:30 - 5 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
A basic understanding of how the internet works is a valuable tool in many 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.
 
Virtual Psyched for Psychology
Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 3:30 - 5p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
Get totally psyched about psychology! Through demonstrations and group activities, students will explore various topics in psychology, including perception, personality, social experiments, brain anatomy and functionality, development, and memory. Students will design their own superheroes using their knowledge of the brain, play memory games, participate in social psychology studies, and more! Taking on the role of psychologists, the students will begin to uncover the many mysteries underlying human behavior.
 
Virtual Improv and Acting Games
Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 3:30 - 5p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd-5th)
 
If you love to laugh, act and perform this is a perfect class for you! We’ll be learning all about improvisation, performing improvised scenes, and discovering how improv is used in all sorts of performance.  Students will be able to perform short improv scenes. Students will know how to use improv in auditions. Students will learn how to incorporate props, location and characters into their scene work. They will learn acting games to strengthen their confidence and ability to think on their feet.
 
Virtual Physics of Fidget Spinners
Monday, May 24, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 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.
 
Virtual Disney Style: Act, Sing and Stretch
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
Do you love to perform? Let's dance, sing and act out our favorite songs and scenes from the movies you love! By the end of this program students will learn active vocal warm-ups, physical stretches and tongue twisters to help them get ready to perform.
 
Virtual Introduction to Python Programming
Friday, May 28, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
A basic understanding of how the internet works is a valuable tool in many 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.

June

Virtual Ocean Science and Marine Biodiversity
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | 3:30 - 5 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd-5th)
 
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.
 
Virtual Screenwriting
Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 3:30 - 5 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd-5th)
 
If you dream of making it as a screenwriter, this workshop 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.
 
Virtual Lights, Camera, Acting
Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 3:30 - 5p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd-5th)
 
Welcome to acting bootcamp! Every day we'll be exploring different realms of the performing arts world. We'll tackle theatre acting, musical theatre acting, Shakespeare, commercial acting and film/tv acting. By the end of this course students will have general knowledge of many genres of acting. Students will learn the basics of musical theatre. Students will dive into beginning Shakespeare. Students will find out about what a professional audition is like and learn how to do one. Students will learn about commercial acting.
 
Virtual Slime and Non-Newtonian Fluids
Saturday, June 5, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Slime: It’s slippery, gooey and oozy. But did you know you can use slime to model 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!
 
Virtual Craftronics
Saturday, June 5, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 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 program has a new project!
 
Virtual Introduction to Trash to Treasures: Upcycling at its Best
Monday, June 7, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
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 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.
 
Virtual Improv and Acting Games
Monday, June 7, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
If you love to laugh, act and perform this is a perfect class for you! We’ll be learning all about improvisation, performing improvised scenes, and discovering how improv is used in all sorts of performance.  Students will be able to perform short improv scenes. Students will know how to use improv in auditions. Students will learn how to incorporate props, location and characters into their scene work. They will learn acting games to strengthen their confidence and ability to think on their feet.
 
Virtual Screenwriting
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
If you dream of making it as a screenwriter, this workshop 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.
 
Virtual Introduction to Trash to Treasures: Upcycling at its Best
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 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 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.
 
Virtual Introduction to Space Out
Friday, June 11, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
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.

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.

Partners

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 and an Out-of-School Time Grant from the California State Library.

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