July 28, 2014

Grant brings science programming to library

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Williston’s Dorothy Alling Memorial Library is among 14 public libraries to receive grants to provide high–tech summer programming for children and teens in support of the Collaborative Summer Library Program theme, “Science.”
Vermont Community Foundation’s Innovations and Collaborations grant program provided funds to develop innovative scientific programs and train science educators, and bring these programs to libraries around the state. Vermont Makers, a community that encourages projects blending the arts, sciences and technology, is spearheading the curriculum development, with the help of UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Science Department and organizers of the Champlain Maker Faire.
Each of the libraries selected for the grant will host two programs. The two programs featured at the Dorothy Allling Memorial Library this summer are:
E–Textiles: Make It Glow!
Wednesday, July 23, 1–4 p.m. Sew LEDs into fabric and build simple circuits. Explore the possibilities of embedding electronics in clothing and fabrics. Ages 11 and up.
Toy Hacking: Because Your Toy is More Fun on the Inside
Wednesday, July 30, 1–4 p.m. Take toys apart and make new ones using old electronic toys from thrift stores and garage sales. Ages 11 and up.
To pre–register for either of the programs, call the library at 878–4918.
Each program will come with the necessary curriculum and materials which will become property of the library for future use.
All of the curricula will be available free online to all libraries by the end of the summer.

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