STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and Maker programs started taking the library world by storm a few years ago, and this is one trend that is not subsiding. Join us for a full-day workshop about STEAM programming for all ages to improve your confidence, boost your ideas, and give you a chance to experiment yourself. Here’s what our presenter, Leah Hamilton, will cover:
- Finding partners and volunteers to help you with STEAM and Maker programs
- Understanding why these programs are important and valuable, and why your library is uniquely positioned to provide them
- Addressing the technical skills and opportunity gap, including ideas related to workforce development
- Practical ideas about programs you can implement with kids, teens, and adults
9:30-3:30 at the Chippewa Valley Technical College's Energy Education Center, 4000 Campus Road
As the director of the Phelps Library in New York, Leah Hamilton wholeheartedly believes in community-building, collaboration, and being courageous with high-quality public education for all. In a community with a population of under 2000, Leah has had to be creative in her development of programming. In addition to her work as a STEAM Educator and library director, Leah is a presenter for school districts, libraries, library systems, and other organizations regionally, statewide, and nationally. In 2013, Leah facilitated the design, development, and implementation of the Phelps Library's STEAM Lab, a creative space for technical skills education. The STEAM Lab provides more than 3,000 hands-on programs per year. Leah's passion is working to bridge the technical skills gap by partnering with manufactorers and schools in innovative ways.
Supplies 5 contact hours (and 5 technology hours) for library directors needing hours for certification.
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