“It is vitally important that people engage with the technical subjects, gain confidence and build a solid understanding so that they can take advantage of new technologies. At the same time, people need to develop the right side of their brain – the side that deals with creativity and imagination – so that they can not only use new technologies, but also be the innovators who create the next wave of inventions. Public libraries are uniquely placed as centres of informal learning for all ages, at the heart of their communities.”
– How public libraries contribute to the STEM Agenda 2017, Australian Library and Information Association, Australian Public Library Alliance
As one of the most talked about topics in education, you’ve probably heard about the importance of STEAM (or STEM) in your child’s development – but what is it? S.T.E.A.M. is an educational approach incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics which aims to equip children with the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century.
The STEAM movement has influenced everything from school curriculums to government frameworks, and now, the offerings at your local library.
Casey Cardinia Libraries are embracing STEAM with a huge range of free activities and clubs for kids. Early literacy programs such as Tinies’ Time and Pre-school Storytime now include sensory play and play-based activities which are the perfect opportunity for your little one to get their hands dirty and practise those fine motor skills.
Older children can dive into independent learning through games, craft, experiments and collaborative play at after-school sessions such as Lego Club, Explorers’ Club, Adventurers’ Club and the recently launched Code Club – where participants learn the language that computers use through exploration, creativity and fun.
All of these programs are completely free, although some require bookings in advance. For more information visit www.cclc.vic.gov.au or pick up the Casey Cardinia Libraries Events Booklet in any library branch across the region.
Tinies’ Time – Babies and toddlers up to age 3.
Pre-school Storytime – Pre-schoolers aged 3-5 years.
Lego Club – Prep to Grade 6.
Explorers’ Club – Prep to Grade 2.
Adventurers’ Club – Ages 8-plus.
Code Club – Ages 8-12.