STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Celebrating Stephen Hawking: Astronomer Andrew Fraknoi Discusses His Life and Work (in Everyday Language) @Central

Scientists and science enthusiasts are mourning the passing of Stephen Hawking, one of the great minds and spirits of our time.  In this introductory, non-technical talk, Bay Area public astronomer Andrew Fraknoi will briefly summarize Hawking’s life, and talk about the importance of his scientific work. No background in science or math will be required, but be prepared to have your mind boggled.

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Virtual Reality @West

Come explore the wonders of Virtual Reality. Take a tour through the International Space Station or a voyage into the human body. Sit in a space capsule as it lifts off into space or fly above Washington, DC and swoop around the Washington Monument. The possibilities are (almost) endless. This program is designed for ages 12 and up and will be in the West Branch Teen Room.

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Virtual Reality @West

Come explore the wonders of Virtual Reality. Take a tour through the International Space Station or a voyage into the human body. Sit in a space capsule as it lifts off into space or fly above Washington, DC and swoop around the Washington Monument. The possibilities are (almost) endless. This program is designed for ages 12 and up and will be in the West Branch Community Meeting Room.

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STEM Play Date @THP South

This is a fun and interactive program to celebrate National Library Week!

Staff will provide toys, puppets, and blocks to encourage play and discovery. Children will learn through activities that stimulate brain growth, enhance social development and motor skills. Kodo Kids' Discovery Ramps and Wind Tunnel, puppets, Duplos, and KEVA Planks among other fun toys to stimulate play and learning will be available.

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are welcome with their caregivers.

Play Date is a Cornerstones of STEM @ BPL program

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STEAMBreakers @Central CMR

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Explore The Intersection of Science and Arts!

STEAMBreakers is a social gathering to bring together science professionals, artists, and the public in a fun and casual setting to discuss the intersection between science and art, make friends, and discover new insights and make connections.

Enjoy some refreshments and an inspiring keynote talk, followed by a challenge. Wait — What challenge you ask?

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Drinking Waters @North

With the idea that artworks help us understand complicated systems by turning them into objects of contemplation and beauty, Berkeley artist Todd Gilens created a group of silkscreen prints based on the water supply of Bay Area cities. The work is part of Gilens’ multi-year project about streams, ecology and water infrastructure and was funded by the Berkeley Arts Commission.

Join him for an overview of his work in the mountains, a description of the images and printmaking process, and a discussion of how art may help us live in a complex world.

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