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STEAM-Based Learning, Adult Programs

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Adult Learning

Learn a new skill or hobby
and increase your knowledge

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STEAM Activities

Programs and challenges to
boost your STEAM-related skills

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Other Challenges

Video game challenges and
other ways to stretch your mind

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Adult Learning

Learn a new skill or hobby and boost your knowledge
 

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Reconnect with your Career in Canada

Online eProgram
Thursday, May 28 -- register now
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Online registration required; no charge.

If you are an immigrant professional looking for ways to jump into the Canadian labour market, even during this time of physical distancing, then now is a great time to maximize your job search with the help of a mentor.

Discover how a mentor can help you build your professional network, reconnect with your career, and boost your job searching skills. Hear from a former mentee who is now paying it forward as a mentor.

This interactive online workshop on Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m. is intended for those who have immigrated in Canada in the last five years, and earned two or more years of professional experience before coming to Canada.

Presented in partnership with Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre and Durham Welcome Centre Immigrant Services.

 

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Virtual English Conversation Circle

Online eProgram
Tuesdays, May 19 until further notice -- register now
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Online registration required; no charge.

Practice speaking English and learn more about the Clarington community and life in Canada! Join the Virtual English Conversation Circle and discover English as a Second Language resources, get connected to your community, and practice your English speaking skills online!

Presented in partnership with the Community Development Council Durham.

 


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STEAM Activities

Programs and challenges to boost your STEAM-related skills
 

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Ontario Tech Workshops

Boost your child’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills virtually with Ontario Tech University’s Engineering Outreach!

Online registration required for all programs. No charge. All programs will be held virtually using Google Meet.
 

Virtual c_wonder Workshop

[Ages 9 to 12 (Grades 4-6)]
Tuesday, June 2nd -- register now
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

With a focus on the engineering design process, critical thinking, and problem solving, each workshop encourages children to explore different STEM concepts, including coding, robotics, circuits, and design thinking.

Meet a Future Engineer!

[Ages 5 to 18 (Kindergarten to Grade 12)]
Thursday, June 4th -- register now
Thursday, June 18th -- register now
1:00 to 1:45 p.m.

Virtually meet with undergraduate engineering students from Ontario Tech University in this 45-minute panel discussion. Students will discuss what is engineering, the engineering design process, real-world applications of engineering and grade-school level educational pathways. The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A session, so bring your engineering questions!

Virtual STEM Club

[Ages 9 to 12 (Grades 4-6)]
Tuesdays, June 9th to June 23rd -- register now
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Each week during the three-week workshop series, the STEM Club will feature different engineering themes based on space through hands-on activities using commonly found household materials! Learn about the sun and build a solar oven, code a space-themed game, and discover planets and space exploration! Registrants will receive information about the topic, lists of required materials and links to the Google Meet before the session begins.

 

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Clarington STEAMs

Discover an awesome STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) activity with our staff!
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube)

  • Coffee Filter Butterflies: Make a beautiful tie-dyed butterfly craft with a coffee filter, water, and other supplies you can find at home!
  • Kitchen Science: What happens when you add milk, soap, and food colouring? Tie-dyed milk, of course!
  • Plants from Food Scraps: Grow your own mini-garden from things that would end up in the green bin!
  • Play-Doh Builders: Build a masterpiece with Play-Doh! Draw your plan, grab the popsicle sticks, and see how large a structure you can create!
  • Tessellation: What is a tessellation? It's a pattern created by arranging shapes so there are no gaps! Slide, turn, and flip shapes to make beautiful patterns!
  • Making Butter: Explore liquids and solids with this tried and true recipe for butter!
  • DIY Birdfeeder: Spring is here! Discover the birds in your backyard by making your own birdfeeder.
  • Oobleck: Icky, sticky, ooey, gooey! Get messy, create oobleck, and explore this fun liquid! Or should we say solid? Find out by taking the STEAM Challlenge!
  • Paper Bridges: Can you build a paper bridge that will hold the weight of a coin? How about a toy car? Test your building skills in this STEAM Challenge!
  • Stained Glass Painting: Create beautiful stained-glass art right at home!
  • Trivia and Jokes: Test your knowledge and tickle your funny bone with fun STEAM trivia and jokes!
  • Cup Tower Builders: Summon your speed and building prowess to construct the tallest tower! How fast can you build it? Take the Cup Tower Challenge and find out!
  • Colour Monsters: Create, mix, and explore with colours for this Colour Monster STEAM Challenge!
  • Lava Lamp Experiment: With a few household products, let out your inner chemist and explore density with this super cool Lava Lamp STEAM Challenge!
  • Make Your Own Fossils: Calling all paleontologists! Create and dig up your very own fossils for this science STEAM challenge.
  • Arm Knitting: Using one ball of yarn and just your hands, arm knit this wonderful scarf with Clarington Public Library staff!
  • Lego STEAM Challenges
    • LEGO Blueprints: Plan a blueprint and build it just like an architect using LEGO and paint!
    • LEGO Zipline: Choose your bravest LEGO character and take the LEGO Zipline challenge! How far will your hero go?
    • LEGO Bridge Builders: Put on your engineering hat and build your own LEGO Bridge to help your LEGO character get safetly to other side!
    • LEGO Boat Builders Challenge: Can you make a LEGO boat that floats? Take the LEGO Boat Builders Challenge!
    • LEGO Displacement Challenge: Put your mind to the test with just LEGO and water to discover what displacement is all about!

 


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Other Challenges

Video game challenges and other ways to stretch your mind
 

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Virtual Escape Room: Escape Wonderland

You find yourself standing in a library…

Wait. A library? How did you get here? Is the library even open right now? It sure doesn’t seem like it, since there doesn’t seem to be anyone else here. Before you can contemplate your situation further, you spot something! Is that…a rabbit? It is, a white rabbit! Holding a…pocket watch?

Before you can move, the rabbit spots you, drops his pocket watch and runs off down between the shelves!

What do you do?

Escape boredom and adventure through Wonderland with Clarington Public Library's digital escape room! Solve puzzles and riddles, and discover what's at the bottom of the rabbit hole. Can you make your way home, or are you stuck in Wonderland? Each choice you make is a new path!

Follow the White Rabbit!

 

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Video Game Challenge: Landmarks

Where have you always dreamed of visiting? Show us in this week’s Video Game Challenge by creating a landmark you have visited or wish to visit one day in your favourite video game!

Once you are happy with your build, take a screenshot or picture and send it to info@clarington-library.on.ca by midnight on Thursday, June 4th.

Check out the showcase videos of our previous video game challenges!
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube)

 

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Easter Egg Hunt!

Easter Egg Hunt: Go on a hidden picture challenge, and see if you can find all of the eggs in this virtual Easter Egg Hunt! View the video on YouTube!