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Spring into STEAM - Dive In!

Spring into Steam Dive In logo

Spring into STEAM is the San Diego Public Library’s science-focused program series for 9 - 12-year-old students. Workshops take place during the months of March, April and May at all 36 branch libraries across the city. 

We are partnering with local science experts and organizations to create a truly unique educational experience. Unable to make it to a program this Spring? Don’t fret! Complete the Dive into DIY! Project at home and stop by your local library to get a prize.

 
 

March Programs

 
Build your own watershed workshop
Build Your Own Watershed
 
What is a watershed and do you live in one? Students will explore how humans impact local waterways, build their own watershed model and discover how they can help keep our ocean clean in this workshop. This program is presented by SD Coastkeeper.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Create a Creature painting
Create-a-Creature: Animal Adaptations
 
Marine life has been evolving and adapting to their environment for millions of years. See how sea life has adapted to their unique environment and use this knowledge to create a creature of your own.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Coding with Minecraft
Go Beneath the Waves with Minecraft
 
Enjoy coding your own aquarium and coral reef habitat and finding sunken ships to create a story - no need to bring a laptop. This program is presented by Microsoft.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Hurricanes vs. houses graphic
Hurricane vs. Houses
 
Learn how hurricanes form over ocean waters in this workshop. Kids will build structures out of various materials that will face simulated strong winds and rain to get an idea of the damage brought by this force of nature.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Various sea creatures
Making Waves
 
Did you know that if we take three deep breaths, the oxygen from two of those breaths comes from plants which live in the ocean? Marine plants help reduce global warming and provide our atmosphere. Learn about the science behind these funky plants at this Spring into Steam event! This program is presented by The League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Children listening to a lecture
Underwater Coding
 
Join us with for some coding fun using Scratch, a drag-and-drop visual computer programming language. Learn how to use Scratch and code your own underwater scene, complete with fish and a scuba diver. This program is presented by ThoughtSTEM.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

April Programs

 
Build your own watershed workshop
Build Your Own Watershed
 
What is a watershed and do you live in one? Students will explore how humans impact local waterways, build their own watershed model and discover how they can help keep our ocean clean in this workshop. This program is presented by SD Coastkeeper.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Create a Creature painting
Create-a-Creature: Animal Adaptations
 
Marine life has been evolving and adapting to their environment for millions of years. See how sea life has adapted to their unique environment and use this knowledge to create a creature of your own.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Coding with Minecraft
Go Beneath the Waves with Minecraft
 
Enjoy coding your own aquarium and coral reef habitat and finding sunken ships to create a story - no need to bring a laptop. This program is presented by Microsoft.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Hurricanes vs. houses graphic
Hurricane vs. Houses
 
Learn how hurricanes form over ocean waters in this workshop. Kids will build structures out of various materials that will face simulated strong winds and rain to get an idea of the damage brought by this force of nature.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Various sea creatures
Making Waves
 
Did you know that if we take three deep breaths, the oxygen from two of those breaths comes from plants which live in the ocean? Marine plants help reduce global warming and provide our atmosphere. Learn about the science behind these funky plants at this Spring into Steam event! This program is presented by The League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

May Programs

 
Build your own watershed workshop
Build Your Own Watershed
 
What is a watershed and do you live in one? Students will explore how humans impact local waterways, build their own watershed model and discover how they can help keep our ocean clean in this workshop. This program is presented by SD Coastkeeper.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Create a Creature painting
Create-a-Creature: Animal Adaptations
 
Marine life has been evolving and adapting to their environment for millions of years. See how sea life has adapted to their unique environment and use this knowledge to create a creature of your own.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Coding with Minecraft
Go Beneath the Waves with Minecraft
 
Enjoy coding your own aquarium and coral reef habitat and finding sunken ships to create a story - no need to bring a laptop. This program is presented by Microsoft.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Hurricanes vs. houses graphic
Hurricane vs. Houses
 
Learn how hurricanes form over ocean waters in this workshop. Kids will build structures out of various materials that will face simulated strong winds and rain to get an idea of the damage brought by this force of nature.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Various sea creatures
Making Waves
 
Did you know that if we take three deep breaths, the oxygen from two of those breaths comes from plants which live in the ocean? Marine plants help reduce global warming and provide our atmosphere. Learn about the science behind these funky plants at this Spring into Steam event! This program is presented by The League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Children listening to a lecture
Underwater Coding
 
Join us with for some coding fun using Scratch, a drag-and-drop visual computer programming language. Learn how to use Scratch and code your own underwater scene, complete with fish and a scuba diver. This program is presented by ThoughtSTEM.
 
Registration required for all workshops. Click below to register.
 

Dive into DIY: Make a Splash at Home!

 
This Spring you are invited to try one or both Spring into STEAM Do-it-Yourself activities at home! Both are great projects for children, teens or adults. Younger children will need assistance, but there is plenty for them to do. Once you complete a project, take a picture of yourself with it, or bring the actual completed project in to your local branch for a SD Puzzle Cube prize, while supplies last. With your permission, we will even post it to our branch Facebook page! (Please note: Any photos submitted to the library may be used for promotional purposes.) Feel free to do both activities, but only one prize per participant will be awarded.
SDPL square puzzle cube
 

DIY Self-Watering Plant

Going on vacation? No time to water your household plants? With just a few recycled materials you can create this easy self-watering planter-trouble and hassle free!
 
DIY Self-watering plant container
You will need to gather these materials:
  • One 2 or 3 liter soda bottle with the cap
  • A piece of newspaper, a piece of plastic from a bag or a piece of aluminum foil
  • Cotton string
  • scissors to cut the bottle
  • a drill (or something similar) like a hammer & nail for making a hole in the cap
  • tape (optional)
  • Dirt
  • A small plant or some seeds
 
Steps: (for instructions with photos click here)
  1. Cut plastic bottle in 1/2 , two-thirds of the way down.
  2. Poke or hammer a hole into the cap (take off of bottle first and be careful!
  3. Put a 6” piece of string through the hole in the cap and tie off on the inside of the cap.
  4. Put cap back on the bottle top.
  5. Put some water in the cut off bottle bottom.
  6. Turn the top of the bottle with the cap and string on it upside down and place in the bottom of the bottle so that the string hangs down in the water.
  7. Once it is in, pull the string about half of the way through to the top so that it is evenly between bo9th parts of the bottle.
  8. Put dirt in the top section and allow the string be mixed in with the dirt.
  9. Either plant some seeds in the dirt or plant a plant and your new self-watering plant!

DIY Water-Filtration System

See what it takes to make clean water! A water filter can be a necessary survival tool for many people in countries without access to clean water. All you need are just a few household items and you can create your own simple water filter.
 
DIY Water Filtration system
You will need to gather these materials:
  • Water bottle
  • Scissors or small screwdriver with a pointed end
  • Coffee filter or cotton balls
  • Sand or charcoal
  • Gravel
  • Large gravel or small rocks
  • 1 empty plastic cup
  • 1 cup to hold dirty, muddy water
 
Steps: (for instructions with photos click here)
  1. Using your scissors, cut off the very end of the water bottle (approx. ¼ inch).
  2. Remove cap from water bottle. Using your scissors, or a small screwdriver, make a small hole in the center of the cap.Please be careful!
  3. Replace cap with the hole in it. Now place your coffee filter (or one small cotton ball) through the bottle and down by the cap. You may have to cut the size of the coffee filter down to make it fit in the small part of the bottle. If you are using a standard 16.9 oz water bottle, the piece of coffee filter should be about 3 inches in diameter. You might need to use a pen to push the coffee filter/cotton down to the bottom.
  4. Now get your sand or crushed charcoal and fill up the bottle about 2 inches. It will be on top of the coffee filter.
  5. Next, add your gravel into the bottle. Around 2 inches of gravel should be enough.
  6. Finally add your larger gravel or small rocks into the bottle. Again, 1-2 inches is enough.
  7. Your water filter is now complete! Just put your “new” water filter over a clear, empty plastic cup (with the cap side down!)
  8. With the other cup, pour the dirty/muddy water into the filter.
  9. Watch your dirty water come out filtered.
  10. Boil the filtered water to completely rid of all bacteria and such!

Career Watch!

 

The Maritime Alliance and the San Diego Public Library are please to present a series of Ocean and Water-Related videos for you to explore.

Maritime Alliance Videos

After viewing the videos, answer some short questions about your interest in Ocean and Water-Related Careers.

Ocean and Water-Related Careers Survey

Take a snapshot of your survey, print out the responses or print out your completed survey and bring into the library to receive a puzzle cube.

 
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Partners

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