Boise State University hosted its 13th annual Engineering and Science Festival on Saturday, February 4th. Albertsons Library participated in the festival for the first time this year with Family STEAM Day at the Library. The festival targets K-12 children, and aims to get them interested in science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) activities at an early age.
At Albertsons Library, around 500 people attended the all-day event, organized by Librarians Kelsey Keyes and Deana Brown. Attendees built impressive structures with Straws and Connectors and MagnaTiles; they built robots using Cubelets, drew coded paths for Ozobots and played with Code-a-pillars.
Attendees also made buttons, created 3D bubbles and enjoyed STEM story time, with books read by a special volunteer: local astrophysicist, Dr. Katherine Devine. Families received free copies of science experiment books donated by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
All of the STEAM toys and books at the Family STEAM Day event were purchased with a grant Keyes recently received from the Idaho STEM Action Center; the materials will be available to check out for in-library use at Albertsons Library soon.