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Full STEAM Ahead with STEAM-Powered Saturday!

Like Origami? Curious about Robotics? How about Scales and Tales Traveling Zoo?

Tomorrow morning STEAM-Powered Saturday is BACK! And the Chicago Public Library couldn’t be more excited to host the family-friendly event where kids can engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math events and activities. So grab your backpacks and thinking caps – and check out a few of the highlights below!

What to Expect?

For any event newcomers, this year’s STEAM-Powered Saturday will take place at the Harold Washington Library Center on May 12th, from 11am-3pm. Like all Library programs, the event is open to the public and appropriate for children ages 3-11. To get a sense of the fun-filled day, here are a few of the activities to spot!

  • Live animals with Scales and Tales Traveling Zoo at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM in the 9th Floor South Hall
  • STEAM-Powered Story Times at 11:15 AM, 12:15 PM, 1:15 PM and 2:15 PM in the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library on the 2nd Floor. The 12:15 PM and 2:15 PM story times will be Spanish/English bilingual.
  • Robot Alley featuring Botley, Kibo, LEGO® WeDo and Sphero robots
  • A math-tastic scavenger hunt
  • Many more hands-on activities!

The ‘A’ in STEAM?

In case you’re not up on the changes in STEM vs. STEAM education, the addition of the ‘A’ has been a long standing consideration. Perhaps noted best by the photographer, Charles Nègre, “Where science ends, art begins.” It’s true. Where science and technology has taken us over the past century, art and design have been their close companions.  Try to think of Steve Jobs or Elon Musk without their artistic sensibilities. Or Mies Van Der Rohe or Lin-Manuel Miranda without their foundation in math and science. It’s just not possible. Each of their skill sets were made stronger by the marriage of these five disciplines. Which is exactly why donors to the Chicago Public Library Foundation are proud to support hands-on learning at Chicago Public Library with programs like STEAM-Powered Saturday, ScienceConnections, and a the integration of STEAM into other beloved CPL programs like the Summer Leaning Challenge.
STEAM activities at the Library are free to the public – and supported by individual and corporate sponsors dedicated to scientific innovation. We thank our friends at Peoples Gas for their generous funding of this year’s STEAM-Powered Saturday and ScienceConnections programs, along with IEEE-Chicago Section and S&C Electric Company for their additional support of STEAM programming.
With this amazing support, we are excited to share that we will serve an estimated 15,000 Chicagoland children and their caregivers with rich STEAM learning activities.
Learn more about STEAM-Powered Saturday and the many other STEAM-related activities taking place year-round at Chicago Public Library! For more information on the evolution of STEM to STEAM, visit Support STEAM learning at Chicago Public Library by making a gift of any amount here.