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Summer of STEM

Come learn about science, technology, engineering and math in these sessions for kids K-6th grade. Tuesdays from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., starting June 11.

Kids, join us for any of these interactive programs on Tuesday afternoons this summer to learn about all things STEM -- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! All programs will be in the Children's Auditorium upstairs. You do not need to attend every program to participate.

The program is sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, but is for both boys and girls, and you do not need to be a registered Girl Scout to attend.


The program is geared to kids who have completed Kindergarten, up to those who have completed 6th grade. Space is limited to 30 participants per session, so please register in advance. You can register online for each program individually below, or at the Children's Desk in the library, by calling 217-424-2900 ext. 5, or by messaging us on the Decatur Public Library Facebook page.

Thanks to

The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois for offering this program at the Decatur Public Library!

Program Titles

Tuesday, June 11, 1:30 p.m. Catapult Physics
Catapult into summer by making your own homemade catapult! Explore physics and energy by perfecting your engineer skills.

Tuesday, June 18, 1:30 p.m. Crime Scene Investigator
Become a crime scene investigator and discover how fingerprints can help crack the case! You will discover your unique fingerprint with DNA fingerprinting technology.

Tuesday, June 25, 1:30 p.m. Learn About Owls!
Have you ever wondered what an owl eats? Dissect an owl pellet and learn more about these interesting animals.

Tuesday, July 2, 1:30 p.m. Wind Energy -- Powering the Future
Wind energy is the energy of the future! Make your own wind turbine and learn about wind turbines right here in Decatur.

Tuesday, July 9, 1:30 p.m. Art Detective
Can you spot if this painting is fake or not? Practice your chemistry skills and discover if these paintings pass the test or have been forged.

Tuesday, July 16, 1:30 p.m. Discover the Power of the Sun with Solar-Powered Cars
Learn how to harness energy from the sun to propel a car. We'll build a solar-powered car and find ways to make it run efficiently.

Tuesday, July 23, 1:30 p.m. Food Science Expert
Become a food science expert. We'll learn about the ingredients in some of our favorite foods, taste-test chocolate, and change milk into different colors.

Tuesday, July 30, 1:30 p.m. Storm Chaser
What causes a tornado? We'll make our own homemade tornado and discuss weather patterns.

Tuesday, August 6, 1:30 p.m. Become a Geologist
Excavate your own geode! We'll learn about rocks and minerals by studying geode crystals.

Tuesday, August 13, 1:30 p.m. Star Gazer
Astronomy is out of this world! We'll make our own telescope and night vision flashlight as we learn about the stars and planets.