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outdoor Zipline Racer

Outdoor Zipline Racers Program for Grades 4-6

On your mark, get set, race! Register and join us next, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 4:30-5 in the Library’s Parking Garage, and make your own flying machine using simple craft materials and a small propeller. These creations will then be put the test as we propel them across ziplines.   This program is for patrons in grades…

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MPPL is now accepting 3-D print submissions

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.   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 3-D Printing…

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John Hancock Center

Maker Monday: Build a Braced Tower

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…

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Young girl painting a pumpkin.

Harper College Experience Day

Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Harper College is having a month-long event to give students of all ages interactive and fun learning opportunities. Maybe this will give you some ideas about what you'd like to study! Each Wednesday in October, a new activity will be posted and is…

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Maker Monday: Enchanted Engineering

Who knew that reading fairy tales could lead to engineering experiments? Last month at our Zoom STEAM at Home event, we led kids through these fun building activities that were inspired by fairy tales. These projects are easy to do with stuff you probably already have around the house. Robin Hood's Bow and Arrow Supplies:…

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This bridge will not be gray book cover

Maker Monday: Straw Bridges

Try making a bridge from common items and learn about what shapes work best with this project from the Museum of Science + Industry. Materials 35 non-bendy strawsClear tapeScissorsMeter stick or yardstick200 to 300 penniesSmall cupPencilPaperTwo chairs or tables Directions Build your bridge using only straws and clear tape. Before you build, you may…

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Town made of paper.

Maker Monday: Create Your Own City

Image by Foster + Partners Be the engineer and architect of your very own paper city with activities from architecture studio Foster + Partners. Download and print templates to create your own skyscrapers, houses, and more. Color them and add details to give your city your own special flair. Young makers are encouraged to share…

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