This summer, 14 Vermont libraries turn into science labs, where kids can build solar-powered plastic creatures and make electrical circuits from conductive play dough. The Spark a Culture of Innovation program is responsible for the transformation. This Vermont Department of Libraries initiative is aimed at introducing kids to Vermont's DIY "maker" movement. Representatives from Vermont Makers, Champlain Mini Maker Faire, and the University of Vermont's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences collaborated to produce lessons on e-textiles, e-origami, toy hacking, squishy circuits and "creature creations." Each participating library will select two of the topics and receive curriculum and materials to keep, courtesy of a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation. Don't see your library on the list of participants below? All of the curricula will be available to every Vermont library for free online by the end of the summer.
South Burlington, VT
At Wildflowers Studio children play, experiment and tinker in innovative and exciting new ways. We give creative liberty for children to hypothesize and create according to their own developmental level and unique learning style. This promotes personal growth and academic enrichment, expands social skills, problem solving abilities, and motor dexterity.…(more)