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Saint Paul Public Library to offer hands-on science workshops over winter break for kids

Date: Nov 17th, 2016

The library’s winter Maker Break series returns with science explorations for kids


SAINT PAUL—The Saint Paul Public Library will be offering free science workshops in December to keep kids engaged and learning over winter break. This year's winter Maker Break activities will explore a wide array of topics, including genetics, thermodynamics, and microbiology in an accessible environment and are intended for ages 8-12.

“Young learners naturally are drawn to wonder, discover, and explore the world around them,” said Saint Paul Public Library children’s specialist, Aura Scherbel. “The Saint Paul Public Library’s Maker Break offer kids valuable science lessons in a family-friendly environment.”  

Using basic microscopes and other lab tools, kids will learn about common microbes and the diseases they cause; explore the properties of metal alloys under different temperatures; and investigate chromosomes and DNA, the basic building blocks of life.

“There is something magical about learning and seeing the unseen organisms that live on and within all of us,” said science exploration facilitator and St. Catherine University professor Cuc Kim Vu.  

Artist Russell Harris will also lead Bubblemancy workshops, teaching kids about the science behind bubbles while engaging them artistically.

The library’s winter Maker Break activities are described below:         

  • Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2-3:30 p.m.: Sun Ray, 2105 Wilson Ave.
    Science Exploration: Nitinol Memory Wire, Life Under the Microscope, and DNA and Chromosomes
  • Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2-4 p.m.: Hayden Heights, 1456 White Bear Ave.
    Bubblemancy: Learn about the science behind bubbles
  • Thursday, Dec. 29, 5:30-7 p.m.: Hamline Midway, 1558 W Minnehaha Ave.
    Science Exploration: Kinetic Sand, DNA and Chromosomes, and 1980s Microscopes
  • Friday, Dec. 30, 1-3 p.m.: West 7th, 265 Oneida St.
    Bubblemancy: Learn about the science behind bubbles
  • Saturday, Dec. 31, 2:30-4 p.m.: Rondo, 461 N Dale St
    Science Exploration: Nail Polish Film, Life Under the Microscope, and 1980s Microscopes

Learn more about these workshops at SPPL.org/break. This series was made possible by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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