The Strength of Shapes Math Workshop Wednesday, July 26, 7:00 PM

Presented by Witty Scientists. Ages 8 to 11. Why do engineers use the triangle as the shape of choice? Learn how they design and build suspension, beam and arch bridges as you explore the strength of trusses and use geometry to solve a building problem. Registration not required, but space is limited.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Create a Motorized Fan or Car Engineering Workshop Wednesday, July 19, 1:30 PM

 

  Presented by Debbie Hansen, “The Science Lady” Ages 10-14. Calling all car aficionados! Using a small motor, battery, switch, and wires, you can design and build a fan or car. Learn about current, switches, positive and negative terminals, and resistance. No registration.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Introduction to Kerbal Space Program Wednesday, July 12, 1:30 PM

Presented by The Museum of Flight. Ages 12 and older. Interested in space and rockets? Work in pairs to build a virtual rocket, launch it, and get it into orbit as you learn how to play the award-winning game Kerbal Space Program! Please register online or call the library.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

IdeaX: Explore Circuits! Tuesday, April 4, 3:30 PM

circuit boardGrades 4 and older. Electrical circuits are the foundation of our technology-driven lives. Everything from simple light bulbs to complex devices like the iPhone depend on them. Stop by the meeting room to create circuits and explore electronics! Play around or work on a project. Bring a friend and work in pairs! Squishy Circuit and Snap Circuit kits provided. Registration not required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Early Spring in the Edible Garden, When Can I Start Planting? Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 PM

tomatoes on the vineIt’s time to get outside and start planting your garden. Join garden educator Lisa Taylor, author of Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals and the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide in a lively session about how to grow your edible garden. Learn the ins and outs of spring planting and which varieties thrive in our climate. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Explore Circuits! Tuesday, March 7, 3:30 PM

Electrical circuits are the foundation of our technology-driven lives. Everything from simple light bulbs to complex devices like the iPhone depend on them. Stop by the meeting room to create circuits and explore electronics! Play around or work on a project. Bring a friend and work in pairs!
Students grades 4 and up. Squishy Circuit and Snap Circuit kits provided. No registration.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Middle and High School students drop in at 1:45; 4th and 5th graders drop in at 2:45.

 

 

What’s the Buzz about Bees? – Give Bees a Chance! Saturday, February 4, 1:00PM

redmasonbeeHave you ever thought about becoming a bee farmer? Want to find out what it takes? Join Missy Anderson—Queen Bee and Master Gardener Trainer—to learn about hosting blue orchard bees (aka mason bees). Missy has been growing mason bees for 15 years and she says it’s fun and easy.  Even if you’re not sure about bee-coming a farmer, come find out how you can be part of the solution to our declining population of pollinators.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

What’s the Buzz about Bees? A World Without Bees Saturday, January 28, 1:00 PM

honeybeesWe have bees to thank for one of every three bites of food we eat! But honey bee colonies are in serious trouble. Find out why from MIHS student Paloma White, who will present her award-winning short film, A World Without Bees, and explain the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder. Learn how you can become a pollinator promoter at home from members of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association. Munch on bee-dependent snacks, pick up bee facts, and bee grateful. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Sports Robots Wednesday, August 10, 6:30 PM

B4Klogo2Presented by Bricks 4 Kidz.Grades 3-8. Experience the cutting edge of technology with the introduction of LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 Robotics. Learn some fundamental programming using EV3 robotics core sets, expansion sets, and software. Students will be divided into groups to build robots and program their robots to move, talk, or react. All equipment provided.  Please register. Parents welcome (parents do not need to register).

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Take-It-Apart Tinkering Workshop Wednesday, July 20, 2-4pm

mother-board-581597_1280Held at the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club (PEAK), 4120 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island.
Presented by Pop-Up Science.
Ages 10 and older.

This two-hour workshop invites participants to work with tools, tinker with electronics, and discover the many little electrical components that make up our everyday items. Take apart that coveted Xbox, learn how to distinguish capacitors from resistors, and keep all the pieces you want! From the wreckage, we’ll harvest wires, circuit boards, and buttons to create up-cycled transformers or jewelry sets–and learn where to recycle the rest without harming others or our environment. Please bring old and/or broken electronics of your choosing, including printers, desktop or laptop computers, voicemail machines, electromechanical toys (aka robotic toys that move/once moved), speakers, etc. Please do not bring microwaves, cathode ray tube TVs (aka older TVs), toner printers, or other large appliances because these materials should only be taken apart by experts. Pop-Up Science will dispose of all left-over waste.

Please register online or at the library. Parents welcome but do not need to register.
Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.