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Museum and Library Bring Art to the Heart of Science, Tech, Engineering & Math

By Colton Redtfeldt

Looking for a way to beat the summer heat? The Bellingham Public Library and the Whatcom Museum have partnered to offer free activities throughout the summer for children ages four and older that are aimed at making learning fun.

Held in the Lecture Room of the Central Library, four activities will be offered by staff from the Museum’s Family Interactive Gallery. The free events will focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) concepts using hands-on activities. All events are on Wednesdays from noon to 1pm.

Photo courtesy of Bellingham Public Library.

We want to inspire the imaginations of all ages and facilitate learning,” Susanna Brooks, the Museum’s Director of Learning Innovation, said. “One way we do this is by placing Art at the heart of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Our partnership with the library furthers our commitment to reach a wide variety of learners.”

On June 20, attendees can learn more about Pablo Picasso’s Cubism style of painting. Participants will create a self-portrait by studying their face in a mirror and then using geometric shapes to draw a portrait.

On June 27, participants can test their vision accuracy by playing a “Penny Cup Game,” in which they will attempt to toss coins into a cup with their eyes open and closed.

Kids can test their secret agent skills on July 18 by learning Morse code, which uses dots and dashes, as well as learning how to do “Mirror Writing.”

Photo courtesy of Bellingham Public Library.

Finally, on August 1, attendees will be able to test their math skills with fun money games such as “Dollar Dash” and “Coin War.”

“The library is thrilled the FIG can showcase their innovation at the library and provide families with fresh STEAM ideas and activities,” said Bethany Hoglund, Bellingham Library’s Head of Youth Services.

For more information about programs offered at the Museum’s Family Interactive Gallery, visit www.whatcommuseum.org/events/. For a schedule of summer programs and story times at the Bellingham Public Library, visit www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org/kids-teens/kids/childrens-events.

 

 

 

Events

Science Lab at the FIG: Rainbows

Science Lab inspires innovative thinkers and future designers and engineers! Engage in sensory experimentation, build math and science skills, and strengthen hand-eye coordination. Classes are led by a FIG educator and rotate weekly. For ages 18 months to 6 years old with an accompanying adult.

What makes a rainbow? Can we make our own rainbow? Join us for experimentation, and to learn new things, about rainbows.

Science Lab at the FIG: Clouds

Science Lab inspires innovative thinkers and future designers and engineers! Engage in sensory experimentation, build math and science skills, and strengthen hand-eye coordination. Classes are led by a FIG educator and rotate weekly. For ages 18 months to 6 years old with an accompanying adult.

Are all clouds the same? Learn about different types of clouds, including ones that bring rain, lightning, and thunder.

Science Lab at the FIG: Watershed

Science Lab inspires innovative thinkers and future designers and engineers! Engage in sensory experimentation, build math and science skills, and strengthen hand-eye coordination. Classes are led by a FIG educator and rotate weekly. For ages 18 months to 6 years old with an accompanying adult.

What is a watershed and why is it important to us? We will be making our own watershed and exploring how water runs, even if it doesn’t have any legs.

Science Lab at the FIG: Water Cycle

Science Lab inspires innovative thinkers and future designers and engineers! Engage in sensory experimentation, build math and science skills, and strengthen hand-eye coordination. Classes are led by a FIG educator and rotate weekly. For ages 18 months to 6 years old with an accompanying adult.

What happens when we put evaporation, condensation, and precipitation together? The water cycle!  This week we will learn more about the water cycle, including the water-cycle boogie.

Science Lab at the FIG: Planets and Their Unique Qualities

Science Lab inspires innovative thinkers and future designers and engineers! Engage in sensory experimentation, build math and science skills, and strengthen hand-eye coordination. Classes are led by a FIG educator and rotate weekly. For ages 18 months to 6 years old with an accompanying adult.

Why is Mars red? Why does Saturn have rings around it? Learn the answers to these questions as we explore a few of the planets in our solar system.