STEAM & the Maker Mentality for School-age Youth

April 16, 2015

Are you looking for ways to engage school-age children in hands-on learning experiences at your library? Curious about injecting the maker mentality into your current programs and services? In this webinar, we’ll explore the philosophy behind STEAM and maker activities for youth before delving into a range of program ideas that can be applied at any library, regardless of space or budget. We’ll also identify some go-to resources to allow any library to start offering dynamic STEAM and maker activities with minimal fuss.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the philosophies behind the STEAM and maker movements
  2. Understand how STEAM and maker activities contribute to dynamic informal learning
  3. Create STEAM programs and activities for school-age youth
  4. Apply the maker mentality to programs and services for school-age youth
  5. Identify key resources to aid in programming development and planning

Presenter

Amy Koester

Amy Koester

Amy Koester is Youth & Family Program Coordinator at Skokie Public Library, where she oversees youth programming and selects fiction for ages 0–18. Amy has written about STEAM and making in youth librarianship for the ALSC Blog, School Library Journal, Children and Libraries, and LibrarySparks. She has also presented webinars, online classes, trainings and conference sessions on the topic at both state and national events. Amy shares library programs and professional musings on her blog, The Show Me Librarian.

Moderator

Janet Nelson

Janet Nelson

Director of Library Engagement and Solutions at Demco, Inc.
Janet is currently the Director of Library Engagement and Solutions at Demco. She manages and develops relationships with key industry contacts to understand changing library trends and interpret that direction into appropriate products and services. She also has an extensive background in product management and development, as well as experience working with library clients on interior projects. Her previous roles have included Director of Library Markets, Director of Industry Relations & Marketing Communications and Director of Business Development.