Saint Paul Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 16.

Maker Break

Join us this winter break for fun, engaging workshops with scientists from multiple fields including biology, physics, and chemistry. Best for ages 8-12! Registration not required.

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

  • Nitinol memory wire: A special Nickel titanium alloy wire that when heated and cooled can be shaped into various configurations. Kids can form them into whatever shape they want and see how temperature affects this alloy.
  • Life Under The Microscope: Everyone gets sick, but ever wonder what those "bugs" look like?  Check out the field of laboratory science as we discover how to identify bacteria under the microscope!
  • DNA and Chromosomes: Definition of DNA, Chromosomes and Karyotyping. Pairing (arranging)Chromosomes will be included.       

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2-4 p.m.: Hayden Heights, 1456 White Bear Ave.
Bubblemancy: Learn about the science behind bubbles  

  • It’s an open lab with bubbles! Join Artist Russell Harris as he teaches you about the science behind bubbles. You'll make bubbles using your own hands – no wand necessary! It’s going to be a bubble extravaganza! Fun for the whole family.

Thursday, Dec. 29, 5:30-7 p.m.: Hamline Midway, 1558 W Minnehaha Ave.
Science Exploration: Kinetic Sand, DNA and Chromosomes, and 1980s Microscopes  

  • Kinetic Sand: A fun polymer coated sand that does not stick well to anything and so falls apart in your hand. This is a great activity for anyone to see how the processing of a material can make items even as common as sand act very differently.
  • DNA and Chromosomes: Definition of DNA, Chromosomes and Karyotyping (Pairing (arranging)Chromosomes will be included.
  • 1980s Microscopes: This activity involves using basic microscopes (these were actually microscopes used by St. Mary's college back in the 1980) to view slides of common microbes and diseases that they cause.

Friday, Dec. 30, 1-3 p.m.: Palace Community Center, 781 Palace Ave.
Bubblemancy: Learn about the science behind bubbles      

  • It’s an open lab with bubbles! Join Artist Russell Harris as he teaches you about the science behind bubbles. You'll make bubbles using your own hands – no wand necessary! It’s going to be a bubble extravaganza! Fun for the whole family.

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  

  • Nail polish film: The kids can make super thin films which are thinner than a human hair by placing a small amount of nail polish onto some water. The resulting film is lifted off using a piece of construction paper.
  • Life Under The Microscope: Everyone gets sick, but ever wonder what those "bugs" look like?  Check out the field of laboratory science as we discover how to identify bacteria under the microscope!
  • 1980s Microscopes: This activity involves using basic microscopes (these were actually microscopes used by St. Mary's college back in the 1980) to view slides of common microbes and diseases that they cause.

This series was made possible by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.