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Friday, April 20 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Full STEAM Ahead: Engaging Children and Teens

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Robots and coding and puppets, oh my! After a couple of years concentrating on hands-on STEAM programming, our presenters are brimming with ideas for how to keep children and teens busy learning how science, technology, engineering, art, and math can be the basis of fun times and massive learning. They will demonstrate and explain examples as low-tech as preschool chemistry and high-tech as LEGO Mindstorms; as no-cost as CS First Coding Camp and as extravagant as grant-funded Explorer Kits (and toss in a few tips about how to access the grant funds you might need). We’re not all talk. We’ll bring along robots, kits, and crafts galore for you to try out to see what might work for your community.


Mary Beth Hustoles

Youth Services Associate, Salem Public Library
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Carrie Kasperick

Youth Services Librarian, Monmouth Public Library
Youth Services Programming, Collection Development, Teen Books

Jessica Marie

Youth Services Senior Librarian, Salem Public Library
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Sonja Somerville

Teen Services Librarian, Salem Public Library
Sonja Somerville is a recovering journalist and erstwhile grant developer and marketing specialist who finally decided what she really wanted to be was a librarian. She has her MLIS from Drexel University and The Funnest Job Ever getting teens excited about books, planning wildly... Read More →

Friday April 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Vistas Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA