Black History Month STEAM Program

For Black History Month, we’re hosting a STEAM program that will include a LEGO Grab & Go kit. First, we’ll read about African American leaders in space exploration. Then we’ll learn about the constellations that helped with navigation on the underground railroad, and use LEGO pieces to create the Big Dipper. Join us on Tuesday, February 22nd at 4:00 p.m. Supplies are limited, so register through our online calendar here.

Suggested Reads:

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
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Ada had a lot of questions about the world around her. She asked her parents so many questions and they worked to help Ada develop her brilliant mind. Even her teacher encouraged Ada to make a mess as she experimented… she was a young chemist!

Brick Science: STEM Tips and Tricks for Experimenting with Your Lego Bricks by Jacquie Fisher
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In Brick Science you will find lots of cool experiments and creative ways to learn about the wonderful world of science through LEGO creations and experiments. One of the cutest sections involves building an exoskeleton for a seal named Sam to protect it from sharks. The book also includes instructions for creating a constellation using smaller LEGO pieces. If your child loves LEGO and science, this book is a wonderful treat.

You Should Meet Katherine Johnson by Thea Feldman
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Katherine Johnson was a brilliant mathematician who was able to figure out the math that was necessary to send a rocket to the moon. Katherine worked for NASA at a time when acceptable careers for women, and especially African Americans, were limited to a few options, like teaching or nursing. The book also includes a glossary, history of star power and careers in math. I also highly recommend A Computer Called Katherine by Suzanne Slade.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
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Hidden Figures is the incredible story of Doroth Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden. These gifted African American women were able to do profound work in the field of science and mathematics. Through the political upheaval of the civil rights movement to the space race, these women led incredible lives. Their story is vividly portrayed through significant historical events, such as the Cold War and the tragedy of Apollo 1. The book also includes wonderful pictures of the women who shaped the world of mathematics and science, along with historical notes and a glossary.

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