Anne Arundel County STEM Festival has hands-on learning for kids

Want to spark your student's interest in science, technology, engineering and math? Maybe a robotics demonstration would be just the thing, or a wearable technology fashion show, or a presentation on the science of stormwater. The month-long Anne Arundel County STEM Festival is sure to have something to engage everyone in the family from the fashionista to the weather enthusiast.

STEM 1 WThe festival runs from mid-October to mid-November in many libraries and other locations throughout the county.

“The second annual Anne Arundel County STEM Festival has even more mind-blowing events and activities,” says Christine Feldmann, marketing and communications manager for the Anne Arundel County Public Library. “Through hands-on demonstrations, every member of the family can be an active participant in experiments, demonstrations and fun.”

The event kicks off with the Anne Arundel STEM Day Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Glen Burnie Library. All ages can explore the world of STEM through 3D printing demonstrations, robots, smart tables, coding, student presentations, hands-on activities and more.

Another highlight is the STEMstyle Showcase Oct. 27 at 6 p.m at Westfield Annapolis mall. The wearable technology fashion show highlights the talents of local students and tech fashion designers.
Other events include:

  • Robotics and Circuitry, Oct.18 at 7 p.m. at Mountain Road Library. Check out robotics demonstrations and create your own experiments using snap circuits and squishy circuits.
  • The Science of Stormwater, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at Odenton Library. Learn simple things you can do around your home and yard to help reduce the flow of stormwater pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.
  • National Capital Radio and Television Museum Presentation, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at Edgewater Library. Learn about the history, science and technology of radio and television. Experts and historic artifacts of radio and TV through the years will be on hand.
  • The Science of Boating, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. at Annapolis Regional Library. Members of the Annapolis Dragon Boat Racing Club will talk about the tradition that combines science, movement, endurance and ceremony.

For more events and details visit the Anne Arundel County Library website at aacpl.net.

Photo: Kelsey Ashman of St. Mary's and her winning design of a LED jacket with built-in heater.

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