Kids at Home with MPPL
Kids at Home with MPPL Blog
Are you a fan of Dog Man and Cat Kid? Dav Pilkey, the author and illustrator of these series, is presenting the virtual program, Flipgrid Virtual Field Trip: Cat Kid Comic Club is In Session: Create Comics with Dav Pilkey!, on Monday, March 22, 2021 from 12-12:30 p.m.
Can’t make it, but still want to create comics like Dog Man? Go to: https://www.scholastic.com/site/pilkey/dav-pilkey-at-home.html
3-D Printing is available again at the Mount Prospect Public Library and kids can submit print files to be printed. For kids to print, permission is required by a parent or guardian.
How Does 3-D Printing Work at MPPL (Condensed Version):
- Design your 3-D print and save it as an .stl file.
- Go to the website: https://mppl.org/services/3d-printing/
- Fill out the submission form at the bottom of the page and attch your print file.
- Once it is submitted, someone from the Library will contact you about your print.
- Once everything is approved, the Library will add your print to the queue to print.
For more information on printing rules, helpful tips, and the submission, go to: https://mppl.org/services/3d-printing/
February’s STEAM at Home program featured Awesome Architecture and fun building activities. We learned that x-bracing (seen here on the John Hancock Center in Chicago) is one way that helps keep buildings straight and tall when wind blows on them. X-braces and shear walls collect wind forces and carry them to the foundation. Build your own braced tower at home with a few simple materials! Idea and images from Building Structures and Towers by Tammy Enz.
- mini marshmallows (the book shows gumdrops, but we used marshmallows)
- ruler (optional)
Break 4 noodles in half and make sure they are roughly the same length. Put marshmallows in the corners to connect them into 2 squares.
Break off about 1 inch from 4 more noodles and use these to connect your 2 squares. What happens when you push on the tower?
Add 2 noodles to one side make an X. Repeat on all 4 sides of your tower. Try pushing again. Now what happens?
As the marshmallows harden, your structure will get even stronger. What other structures can you build?
For more books and projects that explore engineering, check out one of these STEAM Kits.
Look at all those badges! Monty the Mount Prospect Duck has been busy reading and doing activities for Winter Reading. You have until February 28 to try to earn as many (or more) badges than Monty!
Which ones are your favorites?
Attend a virtual event
Chill out & read
Listen to a story
Warm up with reading
Let’s get moving
Reading takes you places
Find a good book