Moline Library sets sail with summer fun through family STEM challenges

There’s two and a half months worth of summer vacation from school, and there’s a hundred different ways to spend it. Whether you spend it enjoying lazy days at the pool, running around outside, relaxing in the cool breeze of the air conditioning, or participating in fun STEM activities, the possibilities are endless. This summer the Moline Public Library is encouraging families to come on in, and dive into a world of literacy, engineering, history and other related STEM activities through their World Monument Building Challenge that started June 11th and ends June 30th.

See the source imageWhile learning about the history behind famous monuments is important, the library details that those who enter can put their own spin on things as long as they following the basic contest rules:

-Structure must stand alone, or be attached to a wooden or cardboard base.
-The base of the structure must be 12′ x 18′ or smaller.
-All structures may be made out of any material, with the exception of food items, and can be made in any style.

Reminiscing on my third grade pyramid building contest days, I quickly brought the idea of the contest up to my civil engineering-major fiancée who wish he could enter it himself. No matter how grown-up you are (with both of us sitting at the mere age of 22) designing something with your hands, using creative and critical thinking skills to find the best ideas is engaging and intriguing.See the source image

Participants can enter the contests in one of the categories: Family, Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st through 3rd grade, and 4th through 6th grade.  So, gather your little ones, and start building to meet that June 30th deadline! For more information, visit the MPL website or call 309-524-2440.


About the author

Katy Williams Henderson A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a Preschool through 4th Grade ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She is working on a Master's in Early Childhood Education. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her husband and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU and now for The Princeton Review's

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