Summer STEM – Cave of Wonders Wishes in the Light – Lava Lamps

Summer STEM – Cave of Wonders Wishes in the Light – Lava Lamps

Cave of Wonders Wishes in the Light - Lava Lamps

Week 6 of Summer STEM from Your Library
Watch the Instruction Video

Travel to the Cave of Wonders and make a wish in the lights with this lava lamp! This is a bubble lamp in a bag.

Things you will need include:

  • ziploc bag
  • antacid tablet
  • water
  • oil
  • UV light
  • highlighter
  • paper towel

Enter the Summer STEM drawing!

Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of you doing one of these activities! Place the photo in the body of your email (no attachments) and send it to madisonlib.org@gmail.com. We’ll hold drawings at the end of the month!

Kid and Tween STEAM – Infinity Cubes

Kid and Tween STEAM Infinity CubeMake simple holographic screen projectors using transparency film and a phone, tablet, or laptop. Things you will need include: eight one-inch wooden cubes (can also use cubes made from paper) tape scissors

Kid and Tween STEAM – Holoprojector

Kid and Tween STEAM HoloprojectorMake simple holographic screen projectors using transparency film and a phone, tablet, or laptop. Things you will need include: transparency film permanent marker scissors transparent tape phone/tablet/laptop Hologram videos

Upcoming Kid and Tween STEAM Activities in September

Upcoming Kid and Tween STEAM activities In September Our STEAM take n' go activities for ages 6-11 will become available for pickup at the Youth Reference Desk starting Tuesday, September 8 for our holo-projector craft and Tuesday, September 22 for our infinity cube...

Summer STEM – Cave of Wonders Wishes in the Light – Lava Lamps

Travel to the Cave of Wonders and make a wish in the lights with this lava lamp! This is a bubble lamp in a bag. Things you will need include: ziploc bag antacid tablet water oil UV light highlighter paper towel Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of...

Summer STEM – DIY DNA

Solve who broke into the Bears' house and ate their porridge by making this tasty DNA strand. There are four types of chemical bases in DNA. They always form the same pairs. Adenine (A) always pairs with Thymine (T), and Cytosine (C) always pairs with Guanine (G)...

Grab Lab – Hansel and Gretel’s Compass

Always find north with this simple compass! Make sure you have an adult help you for this craft. You will need: a bar magnet a large bowl a smaller bowl (needs to fit the magnet on the bottom) a piece of cardboard or paper that fits over the small bowl tape a marker...

Grab Lab – Ariel’s Periscope

Periscopes use mirrors to relay light and let you see around corners. Here's how to build your own! You will need: a pool noodle duct tape two 2 inch round mirrors a protractor (optional) scissors a piece of paper a marker If you signed up for a Grab Lab and need some...

Grab Lab – Hickory Dickory Water Clock

Water clocks have been used for centuries to tell time. Build your own using cardboard and cups! This week you will need: a long piece of cardboard 3 disposable cups 2 push pins a glass of water (not provided) a marker (not provided) a timer (not provided) Once you've...

Sign up Grab Labs

  UPDATE: These kits have all been taken, but you can still watch the instructional videos to follow along with your own supplies!In place of our in-person STEM activities, we are offering these grab labs for kids ages 6-11. There are 29 kits available, so be...

Summer STEM – Film Canister Rocket

Learn about Newton's 3rd Law with these film canister rockets! Do this activity with an accompanying adult. You will need antacid tablets and a film canister. In an OUTDOOR place, put one antacid tablet in the film canister. Do the next steps quickly: 2. Add a tsp of...

Summer STEM – DIY DNA

Summer STEM – DIY DNA

DIY DNA

Week 5 of Summer STEM from Your Library
Watch the Instruction Video

Solve who broke into the Bears’ house and ate their porridge by making this tasty DNA strand. There are four types of chemical bases in DNA. They always form the same pairs. Adenine (A) always pairs with Thymine (T), and Cytosine (C) always pairs with Guanine (G) Write in a jellybean color for each chemical base to make sure you pair them properly!
A: ___________________
T: ___________________
G: ___________________
C: ___________________

Put a jellybean on one end of a toothpick.
Match your chemical base pairs by adding the second jellybean. Remember that A always pairs with T, and C always pairs with G!
Push the tip of each toothpick into a licorice twist on either end. Give it a twist to see the shape of a double helix.

Enter the Summer STEM drawing!

Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of you doing one of these activities! Place the photo in the body of your email (no attachments) and send it to madisonlib.org@gmail.com. We’ll hold drawings at the end of the month!

Kid and Tween STEAM – Infinity Cubes

Kid and Tween STEAM Infinity CubeMake simple holographic screen projectors using transparency film and a phone, tablet, or laptop. Things you will need include: eight one-inch wooden cubes (can also use cubes made from paper) tape scissors

Kid and Tween STEAM – Holoprojector

Kid and Tween STEAM HoloprojectorMake simple holographic screen projectors using transparency film and a phone, tablet, or laptop. Things you will need include: transparency film permanent marker scissors transparent tape phone/tablet/laptop Hologram videos

Upcoming Kid and Tween STEAM Activities in September

Upcoming Kid and Tween STEAM activities In September Our STEAM take n' go activities for ages 6-11 will become available for pickup at the Youth Reference Desk starting Tuesday, September 8 for our holo-projector craft and Tuesday, September 22 for our infinity cube...

Summer STEM – Cave of Wonders Wishes in the Light – Lava Lamps

Travel to the Cave of Wonders and make a wish in the lights with this lava lamp! This is a bubble lamp in a bag. Things you will need include: ziploc bag antacid tablet water oil UV light highlighter paper towel Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of...

Summer STEM – DIY DNA

Solve who broke into the Bears' house and ate their porridge by making this tasty DNA strand. There are four types of chemical bases in DNA. They always form the same pairs. Adenine (A) always pairs with Thymine (T), and Cytosine (C) always pairs with Guanine (G)...

Grab Lab – Hansel and Gretel’s Compass

Always find north with this simple compass! Make sure you have an adult help you for this craft. You will need: a bar magnet a large bowl a smaller bowl (needs to fit the magnet on the bottom) a piece of cardboard or paper that fits over the small bowl tape a marker...

Grab Lab – Ariel’s Periscope

Periscopes use mirrors to relay light and let you see around corners. Here's how to build your own! You will need: a pool noodle duct tape two 2 inch round mirrors a protractor (optional) scissors a piece of paper a marker If you signed up for a Grab Lab and need some...

Grab Lab – Hickory Dickory Water Clock

Water clocks have been used for centuries to tell time. Build your own using cardboard and cups! This week you will need: a long piece of cardboard 3 disposable cups 2 push pins a glass of water (not provided) a marker (not provided) a timer (not provided) Once you've...

Sign up Grab Labs

  UPDATE: These kits have all been taken, but you can still watch the instructional videos to follow along with your own supplies!In place of our in-person STEM activities, we are offering these grab labs for kids ages 6-11. There are 29 kits available, so be...

Summer STEM – Film Canister Rocket

Learn about Newton's 3rd Law with these film canister rockets! Do this activity with an accompanying adult. You will need antacid tablets and a film canister. In an OUTDOOR place, put one antacid tablet in the film canister. Do the next steps quickly: 2. Add a tsp of...

Grab Lab – Hansel and Gretel’s Compass

Grab Lab – Hansel and Gretel’s Compass

Always find north with this simple compass! Make sure you have an adult help you for this craft. You will need:

  • a bar magnet
  • a large bowl
  • a smaller bowl (needs to fit the magnet on the bottom)
  • a piece of cardboard or paper that fits over the small bowl
  • tape
  • a marker
  • water

Enter the Summer STEM drawing!

Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of you doing one of these activities! Place the photo in the body of your email (no attachments) and send it to madisonlib.org@gmail.com. We’ll hold drawings at the end of the month!

Sign up Grab Labs

  UPDATE: These kits have all been taken, but you can still watch the instructional videos to follow along with your own supplies!In place of our in-person STEM activities, we are offering these grab labs for kids ages 6-11. There are 29 kits available, so be...

Grab Lab – Hickory Dickory Water Clock

Water clocks have been used for centuries to tell time. Build your own using cardboard and cups! This week you will need: a long piece of cardboard 3 disposable cups 2 push pins a glass of water (not provided) a marker (not provided) a timer (not provided) Once you've...

Grab Lab – Ariel’s Periscope

Periscopes use mirrors to relay light and let you see around corners. Here's how to build your own! You will need: a pool noodle duct tape two 2 inch round mirrors a protractor (optional) scissors a piece of paper a marker If you signed up for a Grab Lab and need some...

Grab Lab – Hansel and Gretel’s Compass

Always find north with this simple compass! Make sure you have an adult help you for this craft. You will need: a bar magnet a large bowl a smaller bowl (needs to fit the magnet on the bottom) a piece of cardboard or paper that fits over the small bowl tape a marker...

Grab Lab – Ariel’s Periscope

Grab Lab – Ariel’s Periscope

Periscopes use mirrors to relay light and let you see around corners. Here’s how to build your own! You will need:

  • a pool noodle
  • duct tape
  • two 2 inch round mirrors
  • a protractor (optional)
  • scissors
  • a piece of paper
  • a marker

If you signed up for a Grab Lab and need some duct tape, come by the library and we can help you.

Enter the Summer STEM drawing!

Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of you doing one of these activities! Place the photo in the body of your email (no attachments) and send it to madisonlib.org@gmail.com. We’ll hold drawings at the end of the month!

Sign up Grab Labs

  UPDATE: These kits have all been taken, but you can still watch the instructional videos to follow along with your own supplies!In place of our in-person STEM activities, we are offering these grab labs for kids ages 6-11. There are 29 kits available, so be...

Grab Lab – Hickory Dickory Water Clock

Water clocks have been used for centuries to tell time. Build your own using cardboard and cups! This week you will need: a long piece of cardboard 3 disposable cups 2 push pins a glass of water (not provided) a marker (not provided) a timer (not provided) Once you've...

Grab Lab – Ariel’s Periscope

Periscopes use mirrors to relay light and let you see around corners. Here's how to build your own! You will need: a pool noodle duct tape two 2 inch round mirrors a protractor (optional) scissors a piece of paper a marker If you signed up for a Grab Lab and need some...

Grab Lab – Hansel and Gretel’s Compass

Always find north with this simple compass! Make sure you have an adult help you for this craft. You will need: a bar magnet a large bowl a smaller bowl (needs to fit the magnet on the bottom) a piece of cardboard or paper that fits over the small bowl tape a marker...

Summer STEM – Parachute Knight

Summer STEM – Parachute Knight

Parachute Knight

Week 3 of Summer STEM from Your Library
Watch the Instruction Video

Experiment with air resistance by making parachutes!

You will need string, a straw, a sandwich bag and/or coffee filter, and a toy figure. 

  1. Pull one of the strings through the straw. Cut off the zipper portion of the bag.
  2. Reach into the bag and pull both bottom corners in so they’re inside the bag.
  3. Tie an end of the string to each bottom corner of the bag.
  4. Pull the next string through the straw. Tie the ends to the knight.

 

 

Enter the Summer STEM drawing!

Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of you doing one of these activities! Place the photo in the body of your email (no attachments) and send it to madisonlib.org@gmail.com. We’ll hold drawings at the end of the month!

Kid and Tween STEAM – Infinity Cubes

Kid and Tween STEAM Infinity CubeMake simple holographic screen projectors using transparency film and a phone, tablet, or laptop. Things you will need include: eight one-inch wooden cubes (can also use cubes made from paper) tape scissors

Kid and Tween STEAM – Holoprojector

Kid and Tween STEAM HoloprojectorMake simple holographic screen projectors using transparency film and a phone, tablet, or laptop. Things you will need include: transparency film permanent marker scissors transparent tape phone/tablet/laptop Hologram videos

Upcoming Kid and Tween STEAM Activities in September

Upcoming Kid and Tween STEAM activities In September Our STEAM take n' go activities for ages 6-11 will become available for pickup at the Youth Reference Desk starting Tuesday, September 8 for our holo-projector craft and Tuesday, September 22 for our infinity cube...

Summer STEM – Cave of Wonders Wishes in the Light – Lava Lamps

Travel to the Cave of Wonders and make a wish in the lights with this lava lamp! This is a bubble lamp in a bag. Things you will need include: ziploc bag antacid tablet water oil UV light highlighter paper towel Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of...

Summer STEM – DIY DNA

Solve who broke into the Bears' house and ate their porridge by making this tasty DNA strand. There are four types of chemical bases in DNA. They always form the same pairs. Adenine (A) always pairs with Thymine (T), and Cytosine (C) always pairs with Guanine (G)...

Grab Lab – Hansel and Gretel’s Compass

Always find north with this simple compass! Make sure you have an adult help you for this craft. You will need: a bar magnet a large bowl a smaller bowl (needs to fit the magnet on the bottom) a piece of cardboard or paper that fits over the small bowl tape a marker...

Grab Lab – Ariel’s Periscope

Periscopes use mirrors to relay light and let you see around corners. Here's how to build your own! You will need: a pool noodle duct tape two 2 inch round mirrors a protractor (optional) scissors a piece of paper a marker If you signed up for a Grab Lab and need some...

Grab Lab – Hickory Dickory Water Clock

Water clocks have been used for centuries to tell time. Build your own using cardboard and cups! This week you will need: a long piece of cardboard 3 disposable cups 2 push pins a glass of water (not provided) a marker (not provided) a timer (not provided) Once you've...

Sign up Grab Labs

  UPDATE: These kits have all been taken, but you can still watch the instructional videos to follow along with your own supplies!In place of our in-person STEM activities, we are offering these grab labs for kids ages 6-11. There are 29 kits available, so be...

Summer STEM – Film Canister Rocket

Learn about Newton's 3rd Law with these film canister rockets! Do this activity with an accompanying adult. You will need antacid tablets and a film canister. In an OUTDOOR place, put one antacid tablet in the film canister. Do the next steps quickly: 2. Add a tsp of...

Summer STEM – Coded Messages

Summer STEM – Coded Messages

Coded Messages

Week 2 of Summer STEM from Your Library
Watch the Video Instructions

Encode hidden messages with a crayon and water color paint!

  • Use the white crayon to write out your message on a blank piece of paper.
  • To reveal your message, paint over it with watercolors.

Pro tip: Encode your message before writing it in white to add another layer. Try a Caesar Cipher.

Enter the Summer STEM drawing!

Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of you doing one of these activities! Place the photo in the body of your email (no attachments) and send it to madisonlib.org@gmail.com. We’ll hold drawings at the end of the month!

Kid and Tween STEAM – Infinity Cubes

Kid and Tween STEAM Infinity CubeMake simple holographic screen projectors using transparency film and a phone, tablet, or laptop. Things you will need include: eight one-inch wooden cubes (can also use cubes made from paper) tape scissors

Kid and Tween STEAM – Holoprojector

Kid and Tween STEAM HoloprojectorMake simple holographic screen projectors using transparency film and a phone, tablet, or laptop. Things you will need include: transparency film permanent marker scissors transparent tape phone/tablet/laptop Hologram videos

Upcoming Kid and Tween STEAM Activities in September

Upcoming Kid and Tween STEAM activities In September Our STEAM take n' go activities for ages 6-11 will become available for pickup at the Youth Reference Desk starting Tuesday, September 8 for our holo-projector craft and Tuesday, September 22 for our infinity cube...

Summer STEM – Cave of Wonders Wishes in the Light – Lava Lamps

Travel to the Cave of Wonders and make a wish in the lights with this lava lamp! This is a bubble lamp in a bag. Things you will need include: ziploc bag antacid tablet water oil UV light highlighter paper towel Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of...

Summer STEM – DIY DNA

Solve who broke into the Bears' house and ate their porridge by making this tasty DNA strand. There are four types of chemical bases in DNA. They always form the same pairs. Adenine (A) always pairs with Thymine (T), and Cytosine (C) always pairs with Guanine (G)...

Grab Lab – Hansel and Gretel’s Compass

Always find north with this simple compass! Make sure you have an adult help you for this craft. You will need: a bar magnet a large bowl a smaller bowl (needs to fit the magnet on the bottom) a piece of cardboard or paper that fits over the small bowl tape a marker...

Grab Lab – Ariel’s Periscope

Periscopes use mirrors to relay light and let you see around corners. Here's how to build your own! You will need: a pool noodle duct tape two 2 inch round mirrors a protractor (optional) scissors a piece of paper a marker If you signed up for a Grab Lab and need some...

Grab Lab – Hickory Dickory Water Clock

Water clocks have been used for centuries to tell time. Build your own using cardboard and cups! This week you will need: a long piece of cardboard 3 disposable cups 2 push pins a glass of water (not provided) a marker (not provided) a timer (not provided) Once you've...

Sign up Grab Labs

  UPDATE: These kits have all been taken, but you can still watch the instructional videos to follow along with your own supplies!In place of our in-person STEM activities, we are offering these grab labs for kids ages 6-11. There are 29 kits available, so be...

Summer STEM – Film Canister Rocket

Learn about Newton's 3rd Law with these film canister rockets! Do this activity with an accompanying adult. You will need antacid tablets and a film canister. In an OUTDOOR place, put one antacid tablet in the film canister. Do the next steps quickly: 2. Add a tsp of...

Summer STEM for Kids and Tweens

Summer STEM for Kids and Tweens

Summer STEM for Kids and Tweens


This summer, we’ll be doing video crafting focusing on STEM activities. Our Kids’ Corner and Tween Scene web pages will have links to videos with the instructions and demonstrations for each craft activity.

You can come by and pick up a Grab-n-Go craft bag with all supplies needed for the activity. These bags will be available on the first Monday of each week. We only have a limited number of these, so once they’re gone, they’re gone! We’ve included the lists of supplies for each craft in case you don’t get one of the Grab-n-Go bags. That way, you may use your own supplies and follow along with our videos.

Themes and Crafts for June:

  • June 16  Dragons- Charm the Dragon (Dragon Snake Charmer)
    • tissue paper
    • ball-point pen
    • wool
    • aluminum foil sheet
  • June 22  Royalty- Communicate with the princess in the Tower (Secret Codes)
    • white crayon
    • water color paint
  • June 29  Jack and the Beanstalk- Need a way down (Ziploc bag parachute)
    • ziploc bag
    • yarn or string
    • knight toy
    • big straw

Themes and Crafts for July:

  • July 6  Three Little Pigs- Scare the wolf (film canister rocket)
    • plastic film canister
    • antacid tablet
  • July 13  Goldilocks- Who dunnit? (DIY DNA)
    • licorice twists
    • 4 colors of jellybeans
    • a handful of toothpicks
  • July 20  Cave of Wonders- Wishes in the lights (bubble lamp in a bag)
    • Ziploc bag
    • antacid tablet
    • water
    • oil
    • UV light
    • highlighter
    • paper towel

Enter the Summer STEM drawing!

Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of you doing one of these activities! Place the photo in the body of your email (no attachments) and send it to madisonlib.org@gmail.com. We’ll hold drawings at the end of the month!

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