Tween STEM: ages 9-12
Tween STEM in the Park
Wednesdays, 11:00-11:30 am, starting June 3
At the Town Center Meadows Park
Registration is limited. Please pre-register on our library Eventbrite page.
The Library is offering fun and social-distance-friendly Tween STEM each Wednesday morning starting June 3, at the Town Center Meadows Park (near the Police Station). To limit numbers to ensure social distancing, patrons must pre-register each week on the library’s Eventbrite page to participate. When attending programs in the park, please follow standard COVID-19 safety guidelines and the directions we will have set up that promote social distancing.
Only those with Highland City Library cards can pre-register. If your home library is American Fork, Pleasant Grove, Lehi, or Eagle Mountain, you are not allowed to participate, but we encourage you to participate in programs offered by your home library.
The first Star Wars movie was released on May 25,1977. It earned $3 million in it’s first week out, and $100 million in it’s first year! The first movie was filmed on sound stages in England, Death Valley, CA, and Tunisia.
(Tunisia is a small country in North Africa along the Mediterranean sea. Can you find it on a map? If you want to see a little bit of Tunisia watch this video. (Video may have ads.))
Some of the coolest characters from Star Wars are the robots like C-3PO. These kinds of robots are known as Artificial Intelligence. Click here to learn about A.I. with the actor who played C-3PO! (Video may have ads)
Star Wars, of course, is set in outer space. That means that people need space ships to get around. There are all different kinds of space ships in the Star Wars movies. Which one is your favorite? Have you ever wanted to really travel in space? Click here to watch a video about how people are living and learning in space. (Video may have ads)
Of course when talking about Star Wars we have to talk about the The Force! But, is there any real life science behind The Force? Click here to watch some science experiments that mimic The Force. (Video may have ads)
Do you ever dream about owning a flying car? What about a speeder like in the Star Wars movies? Click here to watch a video about how scientists are trying to make that possible. (Video may have ads)
Last, but not least, Lightsabers. Can they exist? Maybe not, but science can help us get pretty close! Click here the video. (Video may have ads)
If you like Star Wars try some of these cool Science Fiction books:
Cinco de Mayo
Happy Cinco de Mayo! This Mexican holiday has become very popular in the United States and is a day to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage, but why did this holiday start? It is not Mexico’s Independence Day, but it is a celebration of a battle. In this battle the Mexican army defeated the French army! Here is a video about this historic battle. (Video may have ads)
Mexico is a country below the U.S. in Central America. To learn some facts about Mexico click here.
Lots of people like to eat Mexican food and Cinco de Mayo is the perfect day for it! Here are some fun recipes to try!
Have you every played with a Pinata? Here is an easy homemade one to try!
It’s fun to fly a kite on a windy day. There is even a song about it!
But how do kites work?
A kite is made up of three parts:
1: Body. This can be in many shapes and sizes. The body consists of a framework of a lightweight material such a wood or plastic and is covered with a lightweight paper or plastic that is decorated.
2. Bridle. This is a string, cord, loop, or other device that connects the body of the kite to a long string.
3. Control line. This is a long peice of lightweight string that connects the kite to the kite flying person. The string can be shortened or lengthend to adjust tension on the kite.
There are four forces that act on a kite:
1. Lift. Lift is a force created by air pressure. Differences in air pressure occur based on the speed with which air passes over and object. The air pressure on the top of a kite in different from the air pressure on the bottom of a kite. This difference in air pressures acting on the kite creates lift.
2. Weight. Weight is caused by gravity. Gravity, of course, is what keeps us from floating off into space. It also pulls your kite towards the center of the Earth.
3. Thrust. Thrust is a forward motion force that gives a kite direction. Airplanes generate thrust with their engines, but a kite generates thrust through tension in control line (the string that you hold) against the wind.
4. Drag. Drag is a backward moving force. Drag is caused by the friction of air moving over the surface of the kite.
All four of these forces must be kept in balance in order for a kite to fly!
Next time there is a windy day go outside and fly a kite. See if you can identify each of the four forces at work on your kite!
If you don’t have a kite try making one of your own. You can make a very simple kite with a plastic shopping bag and string! Find a plastic bag and tie the two handles togehter. Then find some very long string to use as your control line and tie this to the handles. Your done! go try out your kite!
The Chicken or the Egg?
Did you know that there are more chickens in the world then humans?! There are about 7 billion people in the world and around 20 billion chickens! Humans have been eating chicken eggs for thousands of years!
There are different parts of an egg including: a yolk, egg white, membrane, and shell. But, how do chickens put all of those parts together to make an egg? Click here to watch a video. (Video may have ads)
Eggs are really nutritious and so useful! You can make lots of things with eggs! Click below to try some yummy Egg breakfast dishes! Ask an adult before you use the kitchen!
Eggs are also super fun for science!
Want to see what an egg looks like when you crack it underwater? Click here. (Video may have ads)
For a cool magic trick, try making a sliver egg! WARNING: MUST HAVE AN ADULT HELP YOU!!!
Have you ever seen an egg without a shell? Try making a naked egg! Have an adult help you!
After you make a naked egg, try a different version of that experiment to see how other liquids affect an egg shell. Here. Have an adult help you!