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October NExT Courses Announced (Virtual Library)

Library NExT (Network of Education x Training) is a series of workshops for elementary, middle and high school students on topics including robotics, circuits, Quest for Space: Heat Experiments on the ISS and 64 + other STEAM subjects. Initially started as a pilot program at six San Diego libraries in 2017, it has expanded to 21 locations in 2020 with plans to be offered at all City of San Diego library locations. This San Diego Public Library program is a collaboration with UC San Diego Extension and Sally Ride Science. The virtual fall schedule has been announced, so register now!  Registration is required and space is limited.  Learn more

October

Craftronics
Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd – 5th)
 
Students will explore the basics of circuits and electronic elements by using them in craft projects. Possible projects include a moving origami swan, light-up LED bracelet, moving robot bug, Play-Doh electronic sculpture, paper-circuit game or light-effects card. Each student will take home a working electronic craft.
 
Physics of Fidget Spinners
Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th – 8th)
 
Ever wonder why some fidget spinners spin longer or hum louder than others? You will discover answers to these questions and much more as we learn about motion, tension, gravity and other fantastic phenomena related to fidget spinners and the world at large.
 
How to Train Your Demogorgon: The (Pseudo) Science of Stranger Things
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th – 8th)
 
Grab a box of Eggos and join us for a brief transdisciplinary tour of 1980s Hawkins, Indiana, as we delve into the (pseudo) science of the popular Netflix series Stranger Things. We will explore the biology and chemistry of the Upside Down and look at parallels in real-world science.
 
Intro to Trash to Treasures: Upcycling at its Best
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd – 5th)
 
We all know it’s important to recycle to slow the flow of trash into overstuffed landfills. Now discover how to put a creative spin on recycling by upcycling – turning trash into treasures such as art pieces or useful objects. We will explore how trash can be transformed using different techniques and art mediums. But first students will consider how much waste they produce and discuss the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling in their daily lives. They will learn the difference between recycling and upcycling and then brainstorm ways to create artistic, useful and valuable products from discarded materials. As they work on individual and group upcycling projects, students will be encouraged to take creative risks and cultivate imagination, persistence and collaboration. The class will help students understand that they have an important role to play in protecting our planet.
 
Medicine and the Heart
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd – 5th)
 
Students will explore the body’s circulatory system with a focus on the heart. They will get an introduction to human anatomy and physiology and learn about different diseases linked to the heart. This workshop is aimed at students with an interest in anatomy, especially those considering careers in medicine.
 
Slimy Sea Creatures
Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd – 5th)
 
Invertebrates like octopuses, jellyfish and squid have fascinating adaptations for life in their ocean ecosystems. Take on the role of marine biologist as we conduct a hands-on investigation of slimy sea creatures. Students will observe and touch sea stars, sand dollars and moon snails, to name a few. They will watch a squid dissection and write their names in squid ink while learning about anatomical structures of invertebrates. We will investigate the secret of how octopuses change color and how pearls are made. Students will also consider what kind of invertebrate they would like to be. They will test their knowledge by playing a game that rewards those with the best mastery of vocabulary from the class. Each student will create artwork to take home using seashells and other materials from Mother Earth. Slimy Sea Creatures offers a great way to inspire students to pursue further studies in marine biology.
 
Tiny Houses
Friday, October 9, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th – 8th)
 
The tiny-house movement is sweeping the country! Explore how and why people are building houses that take up a fraction of the space of a typical home, and then create your own tiny-house model. Students will learn about architecture, social responsibility and community as they envision and design their own tiny houses. They will use clay and found materials to build scale models of their houses. We will explore concepts including sustainability, functionality and how to incorporate natural light into the house design. Students will practice math skills as they scale their models and workforce skills as they complete their projects within time constraints. To refine their communication skills, students will present their tiny houses to the class. The course offers an inspiring introduction for students interested in architecture and sustainable design.
 
Beginner’s SketchUp: Designing 3D Graphics
Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th – 8th)
 
Have you ever wanted to create imaginative computer-based 3-D graphics? Now’s your chance to design a bridge, a house, a monster or anything else you can dream up. With SketchUp Make 3D Modeling, students will use the familiar pencil-and-paper paradigm in a software context to create 3-dimensional graphic models.
 
Slimy Sea Creatures
Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd – 5th)
 
Invertebrates like octopuses, jellyfish and squid have fascinating adaptations for life in their ocean ecosystems. Take on the role of marine biologist as we conduct a hands-on investigation of slimy sea creatures. Students will observe and touch sea stars, sand dollars and moon snails, to name a few. They will watch a squid dissection and write their names in squid ink while learning about anatomical structures of invertebrates. We will investigate the secret of how octopuses change color and how pearls are made. Students will also consider what kind of invertebrate they would like to be. They will test their knowledge by playing a game that rewards those with the best mastery of vocabulary from the class. Each student will create artwork to take home using seashells and other materials from Mother Earth. Slimy Sea Creatures offers a great way to inspire students to pursue further studies in marine biology.
 
Your Brain and Body on Nature
Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th – 8th)
 
A growing body of research shows that spending time outdoors benefits us physically, emotionally and mentally. Explore the science behind these benefits and learn how to get more nature into your day-to-day life. The average person is awake for 16 hours a day but only spends two of those hours outdoors. We will look at what research tells us about how spending time in nature affects our brains and our bodies. Students will learn how much outdoor time is needed to experience positive effects. We will also look at how to overcome barriers to spending time outdoors and survey great nature spots to visit in San Diego County.
 
Exploring the Science of Harry Potter
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th – 8th)
 
Students will explore the science and magic of the world of Harry Potter through video clips, presentations, discussions, activities and artwork. Topics include genetics and trait prediction (parseltongue, giants, squibs), acid/base chemistry (Marauder’s Map), fantastic beasts and herbology. Science has never been so magical!
 
Exploring the Science of Harry Potter
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th – 8th)
 
Students will explore the science and magic of the world of Harry Potter through video clips, presentations, discussions, activities and artwork. Topics include genetics and trait prediction (parseltongue, giants, squibs), acid/base chemistry (Marauder’s Map), fantastic beasts and herbology. Science has never been so magical!
 
Intro to the Global Design Lab: Virtual Exploration & Design for a Sustainable World
Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th – 12th)
 
Get a global introduction to sustainable design by using Google Maps and Google Earth as tools for virtual exploration. Analyze sites of past settlements and come up with your own design for a sustainable dwelling or community of the future. Students will gain a deeper understanding of geography, world history and sustainable design as they explore world regions. We will examine historical sites and consider why those sites were successful. After analyzing several case studies, students will learn basic concepts of sustainable design and then sketch a house of the future for a specific site using their new perspective. They will present their sustainable designs to classmates and explain their justifications for specific elements. The class is aimed at students interested in maps, geography, history, natural environments, and sustainable architecture and design.
 
Intro to Trash to Treasures: Upcycling at its Best
Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd – 5th)
 
We all know it’s important to recycle to slow the flow of trash into overstuffed landfills. Now discover how to put a creative spin on recycling by upcycling – turning trash into treasures such as art pieces or useful objects. We will explore how trash can be transformed using different techniques and art mediums. But first students will consider how much waste they produce and discuss the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling in their daily lives. They will learn the difference between recycling and upcycling and then brainstorm ways to create artistic, useful and valuable products from discarded materials. As they work on individual and group upcycling projects, students will be encouraged to take creative risks and cultivate imagination, persistence and collaboration. The class will help students understand that they have an important role to play in protecting our planet.
 
Beginner’s SketchUp: Designing 3-D Graphics
Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th – 12th)
 
Have you ever wanted to create imaginative computer-based 3-D graphics? Now’s your chance to design a bridge, a house, a monster or anything else you can dream up. With SketchUp Make 3D Modeling, students will use the familiar pencil-and-paper paradigm in a software context to create 3-dimensional graphic models.
 
Medicine and the Heart
Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th – 8th)
 
Students will explore the body’s circulatory system with a focus on the heart. They will get an introduction to human anatomy and physiology and learn about different diseases linked to the heart. This workshop is aimed at students with an interest in anatomy, especially those considering careers in medicine. Note: Students may use surgical scissors during a dissection activity.
 
Messy Science
Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd – 5th)
 
Students will conduct messy and noisy experiments as they investigate glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, permafrost, sea level rise and tsunamis. We will make slime-like flubber to model glacier movement and create a landscape in a box to simulate the destructive power of earthquakes and tsunamis. Students will also observe lava flow in a volcano fueled by baking soda and vinegar. These and other fun, hands-on experiments provide an engaging introduction to geology, seismology, oceanography and other branches of Earth science.
 
Nature All Around Us: Biomimicry
Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd – 5th)
 
Ever wonder why airplanes resemble birds? Why submarines are shaped like whales? It’s because of biomimicry, an approach to development that creates solutions to human challenges by imitating the designs of nature. In this class, we will explore the development of biomimicry and learn how fields like engineering, architecture and music intertwine with biology to influence the structures, technologies and sounds we see and hear every day. Students will create a prosthetic hand, biology-inspired structure or musical recording to take home.
 
Beginner’s SketchUp: Designing 3-D Graphics
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: High School (9th – 12th)
 
Have you ever wanted to create imaginative computer-based 3-D graphics? Now’s your chance to design a bridge, a house, a monster or anything else you can dream up. With SketchUp Make 3D Modeling, students will use the familiar pencil-and-paper paradigm in a software context to create 3-dimensional graphic models.
 
Ready, Set, Create: Maker Space Lab
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd – 5th)
 
A Maker Space is a place where people get together to tinker, ponder and create. In our Maker Space Lab, students will tackle a variety of engineering challenges and develop their own innovation or invention. Using a variety of everyday materials, students will take on challenges such as create a fall-proof skateboard or create an all-weather hat. Art, science and engineering will come into play as students develop innovative solutions. As a final project, students will come up with an innovation or invention of their own. They will gain experience in product design, technical writing and art design as they develop their creations. Then they will present their inventions to a panel of classmates in a format similar to the television show Shark Tank.
 
Slimy Sea Creatures
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd – 5th)
 
Invertebrates like octopuses, jellyfish and squid have fascinating adaptations for life in their ocean ecosystems. Take on the role of marine biologist as we conduct a hands-on investigation of slimy sea creatures. Students will observe and touch sea stars, sand dollars and moon snails, to name a few. They will watch a squid dissection and write their names in squid ink while learning about anatomical structures of invertebrates. We will investigate the secret of how octopuses change color and how pearls are made. Students will also consider what kind of invertebrate they would like to be. They will test their knowledge by playing a game that rewards those with the best mastery of vocabulary from the class. Each student will create artwork to take home using seashells and other materials from Mother Earth. Slimy Sea Creatures offers a great way to inspire students to pursue further studies in marine biology.
 
Messy Science
Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd – 5th)
 
Students will conduct messy and noisy experiments as they investigate glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, permafrost, sea level rise and tsunamis. We will make slime-like flubber to model glacier movement and create a landscape in a box to simulate the destructive power of earthquakes and tsunamis. Students will also observe lava flow in a volcano fueled by baking soda and vinegar. These and other fun, hands-on experiments provide an engaging introduction to geology, seismology, oceanography and other branches of Earth science.
 
How to Train Your Demogorgon: The (Pseudo) Science of Stranger Things
Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th – 8th)
 
Grab a box of Eggos and join us for a brief transdisciplinary tour of 1980s Hawkins, Indiana, as we delve into the (pseudo) science of the popular Netflix series Stranger Things. We will explore the biology and chemistry of the Upside Down and look at parallels in real-world science.
 
Virtual Intro to Arduino: a Hands-On Workshop to Create Your Own Digital Devices!
Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
 
Let Library NExT’s Project-in-a-Box (PIB) from UCSD’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering teach you essential skills in combining hardware and software to build different devices through a series of 13 challenges! You will be guided through a hands-on virtual workshop through live instruction. Have fun learning skills in programming and engineering. No experience necessary!
 
Messy Science
Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd – 5th)
 
Students will conduct messy and noisy experiments as they investigate glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, permafrost, sea level rise and tsunamis. We will make slime-like flubber to model glacier movement and create a landscape in a box to simulate the destructive power of earthquakes and tsunamis. Students will also observe lava flow in a volcano fueled by baking soda and vinegar. These and other fun, hands-on experiments provide an engaging introduction to geology, seismology, oceanography and other branches of Earth science.
 
Python: Exploring the Web
Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd – 5th)
 
A basic understanding of how the internet works is a valuable tool in many of today’s high-tech careers. Explore the intricacies of the web and then use Python to program simple apps for internet communication. Students will examine the technology behind the World Wide Web. Then they will get an introduction to the syntax of the Python programming language and the basics of code documentation. Students will use Python to create a variety of small applications that utilize communications over the internet. In building these applications, they will discover how to use existing network systems to make powerful programs. The class is most suited for students with beginning to intermediate experience in a coding language.
 
Screenwriting
Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th – 8th)
 
If you dream of making it as a screenwriter, this course is the place to start. Learn proven techniques for crafting a script that tells a story effectively and holds the attention of your audience. We will dissect scripts from popular films to find out what makes a good story and an engaging screenplay. Using the free platform Writer’s Duet, students will learn the accepted way to format a script. They will also gain an understanding of how to structure a screenplay and construct scenes with compelling characters, settings, dialogue and conflict. Through a variety of writing activities, students will sharpen their screenwriting skills. Finally, they will bring together everything they have learned as they storyboard, write and edit their own scripts.
 
Tiny Houses
Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Elementary School (3rd – 5th)
 
The tiny-house movement is sweeping the country! Explore how and why people are building houses that take up a fraction of the space of a typical home, and then create your own tiny-house model. Students will learn about architecture, social responsibility and community as they envision and design their own tiny houses. They will use clay and found materials to build scale models of their houses. We will explore concepts including sustainability, functionality and how to incorporate natural light into the house design. Students will practice math skills as they scale their models and workforce skills as they complete their projects within time constraints. To refine their communication skills, students will present their tiny houses to the class. The course offers an inspiring introduction for students interested in architecture and sustainable design.
 
Ready, Set, Create: A Maker Space Lab
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th – 8th)
 
A Maker Space is a place where people get together to tinker, ponder and create. In our Maker Space Lab, students will tackle a variety of engineering challenges and develop their own innovation or invention. Using a variety of everyday materials, students will take on challenges such as create a fall-proof skateboard or create an all-weather hat. Art, science and engineering will come into play as students develop innovative solutions. As a final project, students will come up with an innovation or invention of their own. They will gain experience in product design, technical writing and art design as they develop their creations. Then they will present their inventions to a panel of classmates in a format similar to the television show Shark Tank.
 
Wonderful World of Waves
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th – 8th)
 
Knowing how waves work is a key to understanding many aspects of the natural world. Dive into the fascinating world of water waves and light waves through hands-on experiments and fun craft projects. Students will explore the science of ocean waves, currents and tsunamis. We will investigate how sand is formed by waves and use microscopes to examine sand from beaches around the world. Students will learn how light waves travel and which color of light travels farthest. Class members will put their new knowledge to work in a variety of art projects, including creating wave paintings with watercolors and salt, and building a miniature surfboard from balsa wood. The class will give students a basis of knowledge for further studies in physics and oceanography.
 
Your Brain and Body on Nature
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School ( 6th – 8th)
 
A growing body of research shows that spending time outdoors benefits us physically, emotionally and mentally. Explore the science behind these benefits and learn how to get more nature into your day-to-day life. The average person is awake for 16 hours a day but only spends two of those hours outdoors. We will look at what research tells us about how spending time in nature affects our brains and our bodies. Students will learn how much outdoor time is needed to experience positive effects. We will also look at how to overcome barriers to spending time outdoors and survey great nature spots to visit in San Diego County.

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