Columbus Library offers STEAM Challenge Thanksgiving week

November 16, 2019 9:53:06 PM



The STEAM Challenge will soon highlight activities for children that focus on developing critical thinking at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. The library's downtown branch at 314 Seventh St. N. will host a STEAM Challenge on Monday, Nov. 25 from 2-4 p.m.


The challenge will include competitions to build the strongest bridge, create the tallest tower, a LEGO scramble and more. This free program was developed for children ages 5-12 years old, but no child who is interested will be turned away.


"The STEAM in our upcoming STEAM Challenge stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. This term plays a key role when, for example, a patron comes in to build the tallest tower out of some basic materials, they have to incorporate elements of each of these areas to execute it successfully," said Tori Hopper, the Children's Services and Programming coordinator for CLPLS.



Materials to create towers, bridges, domes and more will all be provided by CLPLS. The challenge is a chance for parents and caregivers to provide their child with a boost of critical thinking at the start of Thanksgiving break, Hopper said.


Additional activities in the challenge will include building the strongest boat to float a small cup holding pennies and creating geodesic domes with straws and pipe cleaners. Participants can also participate in the LEGO scramble, where they will be provided a prompt card of what to create in a set amount of time.


"When it comes to building the strongest boat, four straws and a piece of paper isn't going to cut it. Patrons will have to use real world problem-solving skills to determine how to best create a structure that's appealing but also gets the job done," Hopper said. "It's a great program to inspire a little creativity, collaboration and some friendly competition all at once."


More information about the STEAM Challenge can be found on the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library's Facebook page. Those interested in learning more about the STEAM Challenge or other children's programs at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System can contact Hopper at [email protected], or at 662-329-5300.