Kids at Home with MPPL

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STEAM Saturday: 3-D Printing for Kids

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.  

MPPL is now accepting 3-D print submissions

How Does 3-D Printing Work at MPPL (Condensed Version): 

  1. Design your 3-D print and save it as an .stl file. 
  2. Go to the website: https://mppl.org/services/3d-printing/ 
  3. Fill out the submission form at the bottom of the page and attch your print file.  
  4. Once it is submitted, someone from the Library will contact you about your print.  
  5. 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/ 

Maker Monday: Build a Braced Tower

John Hancock Center

Photo of John Hancock Center by Drew Hays on Unsplash

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.

  • Supplies:
  • spaghetti
  • mini marshmallows (the book shows gumdrops, but we used marshmallows)
  • ruler (optional)

Instructions:

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.

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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?

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Add 2 noodles to one side make an X. Repeat on all 4 sides of your tower. Try pushing again. Now what happens?

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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.

Winter Reading Badges

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!

Monty the MPPL duck with his winter reading badges

Which ones are your favorites?

attend a virtual event

Attend a virtual event

stack of books

Chill out & read

Listen to a story

Listen to a story

island with palm trees

Warm up with reading

people doing yoga

Let’s get moving

Hot_Cocoa

Get cozy

Reading takes you places

Reading takes you places

Experiment_with_Art

STEAM

bookshelf

Find a good book