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Spring into STEAM is the San Diego Public Library’s science-focused program series for nine to 12-year-old kids. Workshops take place during the months of March, April and May at all 36 branch libraries across the city. 

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We’re partnering with local science experts, entomologists, and the International Barcode of Life project to create a truly unique educational experience.

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Catalog of Life @ the Library

Local scientists need YOU to help create a catalog of life in our city. Only an estimated 20 percent of species on earth have been identified by their DNA barcode. The San Diego Public Library is partnering with LifeScanner and San Diego Barcode of Life to offer to collect bugs and have them identified by their DNA. There is a very good chance that you could make a new discovery! 
 
Free LifeScanner bug collection kits can be requested from your local library starting March 2, 2017. San Diego Barcode of Life is a part of the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project, which aims to identify all life on the planet. Scientists use this information to do things like understand the diversity of species, monitor the health of the environment and the impacts of climate change. Genetic sequencing for this project will be carried out at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics in Canada.
 

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Science

Bugs Inside Out!

A local entomologist (scientist who studies bugs) teaches all about bugs! learn about their survival strategies, observe and study bugs with microscopes, and more.
 
  • March 11 | 11:30 a.m. | Paradise Hills Library
  • March 18 | 11 a.m. | Valencia Pk/Malcolm X Library
  • April 8 | 4 p.m. | Mission Valley Library
  • April 21 | 4 p.m. | Mira Mesa Library Library
  • April 26 | 2 p.m. | Balboa Library
  • April 29 | 10:30 a.m | Rancho Bernardo Library
  • May 13 | 11 a.m. | Kensington-Normal Heights Library
  • May 13 | 1 p.m. | Otay Mesa-Nestor Library

Spring into STEAM Bugs Inside Out Presentation at the Malcolm X Library


Technology

De-Bugging Coding*

Learn how computer programs are created--CODING! Learn basic computer programming and gain understanding of how our modern world works in this fun and exciting workshop.
  • March 8 | 4:30 p.m. | Skyline Hills Library | (619) 527-3485
  • March 11 | 3 p.m. | Central Library | (619) 236-5800
  • March 14 | 4 p.m. | University Community Library | (858) 552-1655
  • March 23 | 3 p.m. | Tierrasanta Library | (858) 573-1384
  • March 28 | 3:30 p.m. | Clairemont Library | (858) 581-9935
  • April 17 | 3 p.m. | Point Loma/Hervey Library | (619) 531-1539
  • May 9 | 5:30 p.m. | City Heights/Weingart Library | (619) 641-6100
  • May 11 | 3 p.m. | Carmel Mountain Ranch Library | (858) 538-8181 
  • May 17 | 5:30 p.m. | San Ysidro Library | (619) 424-0475

Engineering

Bee Builders

Local Beekeeper, Hilary Kearney, will provide an interactive presentation teaching children what a beekeeper does and explores the concepts of pollination, beehives and bees’ lifecycles.

  • March 8 | 3:30 p.m. | Carmel Valley Library
  • March 16 | 3 p.m. | Logan Heights Library
  • March 28 | 6 p.m. | Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library
  • April 11 | 3:30 p.m. | Pacific Beach/Taylor Library
  • April 17 | 4 p.m. | College-Rolando Library
  • May 4 | 4 p.m. | Scripps Miramar Library

Photo of a bee hive.


Arts

Sunshine in a Jar*

Discover how energy from the sun is harnessed into energy used to light our homes. Design and create an environmentally friendly light using mason jars and solar energy light bulbs.

  • April 4 | 12:50 p.m. | Linda Vista Branch Library | (858) 573-1399
  • April 18 | 4 p.m. | Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library | (619) 533-3970
  • April 26 | 3:30 p.m. | Rancho Peñasquitos Branch Library | (858) 538-8159
  • May 2 | 4 p.m. | Mountain View/Beckwourth Branch Library | (619) 527-3404

Spring Into Steam Sunshine in a Jar


Math

Paper Insects*

Develop an understanding of 3D shapes and explore the finer details of spatial geometry through origami in this hands-on workshop.
  • March 11 | 1 p.m. | San Carlos Branch Library | (619) 527-3430
  • March 18 | 1 p.m. | Ocean Beach Branch Library | (619) 531-1532
  • March 25 | 1:30 p.m. | North University Community Branch Library | (858) 581-9637
  • May 13 | 10 a.m. | University Heights Branch Library | (619) 692-4912

Maker Project

Circuit Bugs*

Children will incorporate fine motor, circuitry and creative crafting skills to create bugs out of pipe cleaners, LED lights, and batteries.
 
  • April 4 | 3:30 p.m. | La Jolla/Riford Branch Library | (858) 552-1657
  • April 13 | 4 p.m. | North Clairemont Branch Library | (858) 581-9931
  • May 2 | 5 p.m. | Oak Park Branch Library | (619) 527-3406
  • May 4 | 12 p.m. | North Park Branch Library | (619) 533-3972
  • May 8 | 9:30 a.m. | Mission Hills Branch Library | (619) 692-4910

STEAM program bee circuit bug.


Contact

For questions about the program, call 619-236-5800 or email [email protected].


Partners

 

Centre for Biodiversity Genomics logo.

San Diego Barcode of Life logo

Spark Programming logo

 

 

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