Featured Library: Irving Central Library

This month, we’re highlighting Irving (Tex.) Central Library for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programming it’s offering throughout the month of August. The programs are centered around a traveling exhibition on loan from NASA and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Here, There, and Everywhere looks at the laws of physics and shows “how our knowledge of familiar processes can be applied to help us understand similar behavior on grander scales, and in very different environments.” The twenty-two panel exhibition is accompanied by handouts, interactive stations, and hands-on activities.

In addition to screening STEM-related movies, the library will offer the following science programming:

  • Science for Kids—Tweens and teens will build a rocket, a zip line flying craft, or a balloon air-powered craft.
  • Mad Science Presents “Spin! Pop! Boom!”—Mad scientists present spectacular demonstrations and experiments.
  • Astronaut Visit—Steve Hawley, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas, will make a special presentation. Dr. Hawley flew five shuttle missions during his career at NASA and launched both the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.
  • Robots Here, There, and Everywhere—The Irving Police Department will demonstrate its robot, then participants are invited to get creative by making a special craft.
  • Paper Airplane Craft and Competition—With the help of Lockheed Martin engineers, school-age children will learn to make different types of paper airplanes and compete with their newly crafted creations. Prizes will be awarded for the first-, second-, and third-place winners.
  • Take Me to the Stars Mobile Planetarium—Visitors ages six to sixteen connect with ancient civilizations by experiencing the rich folklore of the stars still sparking human imaginations today. They’ll discover how to find stars, constellations, and visible planets at this show presented by the Fort Worth Science and History museum in its mobile planetarium.

Want to find our more about the traveling exhibition, or get more STEM programming ideas from participating libraries? Visit the Here, There, and Everywhere blog.