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