Organized by librarians Kelsey Keyes and Deana Brown, Albertsons Library hosted the second annual Family STEAM Day at the Library event this past Saturday, February 3rd, as part of the Engineering and Science Festival.
Over 8,000 people attended the campus-wide event and close to 500 came to Albertsons Library. Attendees built impressive structures with the Straws and Connectors, Magna-Tiles, and Lego pieces; and they ran the Code-a-pillars and Ozobots non-stop.
New this year, with support from Albertsons Library, were the “Make your own slime” and “DIY harmonica” stations, both of which were wildly popular. Over 250 people made slime and it was the station most frequently mentioned as a “favorite” in survey responses.
Another draw was our free book giveaway. We gave away 165 science experiment and STEM-themed books that were donated by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
One of the strengths of our event was having volunteers at each of the stations to help the children. Our volunteers were Boise State students, like Beta Alpha Psi (Boise State’s Accounting Honor Society), and from the Living Learning Communities on campus. In total we had 23 volunteers putting in over 78 volunteer hours over the course of the day.
Overall, it was a fantastic community outreach event. The Library was a popular, family-friendly stop and it was great to see so many people coming into the Library! Want to learn more about the various stations and how STEAM and early literacy are connected? Details can be found on the Family STEAM Day Libguide website.
Kelsey & Deana