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Spring into STEAM - Blast Off!

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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.  Complete this year’s STEAM Challenge, earning six stars - one for each mission, to earn your Citizen Scientist Award Medal.

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Astronaut Training Program

This year’s STEAM challenge includes 5 workshops and one poster challenge: complete each mission (in any order) and earn a star.
 
Earn all 6 stars and return your bookmark to your local library to claim your Citizen Scientist Award Medal!
 
All programs are geared towards ages 9-12 and require registration.
 

Spring into STEAM Citizen Medal


Mission One: Glider Landing

Team up with real pilots, engineers, and technicians to learn about the principles of flight, then team up into squadrons and attempt to land your powered balsa wood glider on a replica aircraft carrier using design thinking, physics and flight testing. Thanks to NAVAIR and Aero Ed for presenting this workshop. 

Registration required for all workshops.

March 10 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Kensington - Normal Heights Library
March 15 | 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Point Loma/Hervey Library
March 19 | 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Balboa Library
April 17 | 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Oak Park Library
April 21 | 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | La Jolla/Riford Library
April 28 | 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Rancho Bernardo Library
 
Photo of spacecraft hoovering above Earth's atmosphere

Mission Two: Build a Mars Colony

NASA plans to send astronauts to Mars in 2030s. In this program, students will investigate if humans can live on the red planet and what would they need to survive. Using recycled materials (cardboard, plastic cups, foam cups, water bottles, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, LEGO pieces, drinking straws, cotton balls, etc.) students will design and build a Mars colony.

Registration required for all workshops.

March 15 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Tierrasanta Library
March 17 | 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. | Linda Vista Library
March 22 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Mission Hills Library
April 11 | 6 p.m. -7 p.m. | Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library
April 19 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. | North Park Library
April 25 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Skyline Hills Library
April 28 | 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. | Central Library
May 25 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Mira Mesa Library | Register Here
 
Illustration of people on the planet Mars.

Mission Three: Ozobot Moon Adventure

Students will work in teams to rescue a space ship stranded on the surface of the moon due to a battery failure. Teams will develop code using markers to guide a mini-robot, called an Ozobot that will retrieve supplies to for this hands-on outer space rescue. Thanks to Microsoft for presenting this workshop. 

Registration required for all workshops.

March 8 | 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Tierrasanta Library
March 17 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Ocean Beach Library
March 24 | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Central Library
March 28 | 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Pacific Beach Library
April 3 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Valencia Park/Malcom X Library
April 11 | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. | University Community Library
April 19 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Mission Hills Library
May 1 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library
May 9 | 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | City Heights/Weingart Library
May 12 | 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. | San Carlos Library
 
Photo of the moon

Mission Four: Intergalactic Coding

Learn how computer programs are created and start coding your own. Students will learn basic computer programming and gain understanding of how our modern world works in this fun and exciting workshop. Thanks to ThoughtSTEM for presenting this workshop

Registration required for all workshops.

March 5 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | College-Rolando Library
March 8 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Otay-Mesa Nestor Library
March 15 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Mountain View/Beckwourth Library
March 24 | 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Logan Heights Library
March 27 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library
April 3 | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Mission Valley Library
April 14 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Paradise Hills Library
April 18 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. | North Clairemont Library
April 24 | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Mira Mesa Library
 
Astronaut working in space

Mission Five: Discover the Cosmos

Students will learn some fascinating facts, including how much they would weigh if they lived on Jupiter and what causes craters on neighboring planets. Have you ever wondered about what causes craters? Learn all this and other fascinating facts about our neighboring planets and discover why our solar system is so unique. Thanks to the Fleet for presenting this workshop. 

Registration required for all workshops.

March 10 | Noon - 1 p.m. | Clairemont Library
March 13 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Carmel Mountain Library
March 17 | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Rancho Penasquitos Library
March 24 | 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. | North University Library
April 7 | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Logan Heights Library
April 19 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Scripps Ranch Library
April 24 | 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. | San Ysidro Library
April 25 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | University Heights
May 3 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Carmel Valley Library
 
Illustration of the cosmos with planets and stars.

Mission 6: Stop for Science!

Drop by any of the Library’s 36 locations to “Stop for Science” to learn about what happens “When Stars go Boom.” This enrichment program consists of a series of posters with accompanying questions to introduce students to our incredibly large and fascinating universe. What is the sun? Do stars live forever? Get answers to these and more questions when you Stop for Science!

Photo of Andromeda galaxy


Additional Programs

NASA Foam Rocket Launcher

We are recruiting astronauts to build a ballistic, rubber band-powered foam rocket. Students will construct rockets made from pipe insulating foam and use them to investigate the trajectory relationship between launch angle and range in a controlled environment.

Registration required for all workshops.

March 21 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. | North Clairemont Library
April 7| 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Linda Vista Library
April 12 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Tierrasanta Library
April 17 | 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Rancho Bernardo Library
May 4 | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | City Heights/Weingart Library
May 8 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library
 
Photo of shuttle blasting off
 

Galaxy Art

Do-it-yourself Galaxy Art is inspired by constellations, nebula, star clusters, asteroids and the incredible beauty of the cosmos.  Layers of colors are sponged on a small white canvas to create a sense of spatial vastness to convey the light within the immensity of space.

Registration required for all workshops.

March 28 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | North University Community Library
March 29 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Tierrasanta Library
April 2 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. | College-Rolando Library
April 4 | 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. | San Ysidro Library
April 21 | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Rancho Peñasquitos Library
April 27 |  4 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Mission Valley Library
May 5 | 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Linda Vista Library
May 8 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Mira Mesa Library
May 9 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. | North Park Library
 
Photo of stars in the galaxy

Partners

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Fleet Science Center logo

Chandra X-ray Observatory logo

 

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