Summer STEAM

Posted on May 29, 2020

by Jenny Minich

We are ready for hands-on summer STEAM! (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Check our calendar of events for the most up-to-date information about how you can participate. Fostering a culture of innovation is one of our main goals at LPCPL. This summer, more than ever, we’ve strategized, innovated, and planned enriching educational experiences while prioritizing new concerns for public health and safety. Here’s a sampling of the STEAM experiences we have planned for you this summer:

Family STEAM at Home

La Porte County families are creative makers! Join our librarians twice a month in June, July, and August on facebook. They’ll give instruction for hands-on STEAM projects like lava wave bottles, making light up creatures with salt dough, fairy tale engineering challenges, and more. Then work together as a family to complete your project and post a photo or video of it on the original Library facebook post to show off your new skills and handiwork. We can’t wait to see what you make!

STEAM Camps (Online and In-Person Outdoor Options)

3 day experiences for campers in grades 3-5 will be offered in June and July. Library Instructors will guide campers through daily challenges that build artistic expression and problem-solving skills. Please register for either the online or the in person camp so that we have enough space and equipment. If you register for the online camp, we’ll arrange a time for you to pick up your camp supplies via curbside pickup. The camp supplies (including an ozobot robot) will be checked out to online campers on their library cards and due back to the library after camp is completed. Online Camp will take place over Zoom, a video conferencing tool. 

Teen Labs

Forge new skills at the La Porte County Public Library.  At Summer Teen Labs, we will make and do activities that build useful skills while maintaining social distance. In June we’ll offer 2 Teen Labs – plein air painting and handcrafted leather and wire cuff bracelets. Plein air painting means painting in the open air. We will learn how to view a landscape in order to translate what you see into an image on your canvas. Everyone will create a unique landscape painting of the park! In the leather cuff bracelet class, each participant will learn or use skills from previous classes to cut, hammer, and shape wire, rivet, and create their own cuff bracelet. This class requires the use of basic leatherworking tools, creativity, and a moderate level of skill to complete.  Please register for 1 or both classes so that we have enough supplies.  


Jenny Minich

Jenny Minich

Jenny stays up-to-date on the newest tech for kids and teachers, and her favorite days at work are STEAM Camp days. She likes all the stuff your grandma probably likes – genealogy, DIY, and Midwestern resourcefulness. Jenny lives on a farm with her husband, their 2 teenage children, and an unofficial petting zoo.
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