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STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and Maker programs started taking the library world by storm a few years ago, and this is one trend that is not subsiding.  Join us for a full-day workshop about STEAM programming for all ages to improve your confidence, boost your ideas, and give you a chance to experiment yourself.  Here’s what our presenter, Leah Hamilton, will cover:

  • Finding partners and volunteers to help you with STEAM and Maker programs

  • Understanding why these programs are important and valuable, and why your library is uniquely positioned to provide them

  • Addressing the technical skills and opportunity gap, including ideas related to workforce development

  • Practical ideas about programs you can implement with kids, teens, and adults

 9:30-3:30 at the Chippewa Valley Technical College's Energy Education Center, 4000 Campus Road

Photo of Leah HamiltonAs the director of the Phelps Library in New York, Leah Hamilton wholeheartedly believes in community-building, collaboration, and being courageous with high-quality public education for all.  In a community with a population of under 2000, Leah has had to be creative in her development of programming.  In addition to her work as a STEAM Educator and library director, Leah is a presenter for school districts, libraries, library systems, and other organizations regionally, statewide, and nationally.  In 2013, Leah facilitated the design, development, and implementation of the Phelps Library's STEAM Lab, a creative space for technical skills education.  The STEAM Lab provides more than 3,000 hands-on programs per year.  Leah's passion is working to bridge the technical skills gap by partnering with manufactorers and schools in innovative ways.

                   Supplies 5 contact hours (and 5 technology hours) for library directors needing hours for certification.

                  Check back for registration information!

Event Date: 
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 09:30