Families were invited to the library for an afternoon science program that explored the topic of light. Activities included making a spectroscope, color mixing, lasers, playing with convex and concave lenses, and exploring the law of reflection.
The program was offered as part of our NASA@ My Library grant from the Space Science Institute (SSI) and ALA. However, most of the activities we used are freely available in SSI's online Star_Net STEM Activity Clearinghouse, so a similar program could easily be recreated by someone without grant support.
Our goal was to provide STEM activities for children and to expand the community's awareness of library programming.
Kids learned about light and made a spectroscope to take home in this one-hour STEM program.