Every Week is Science Week at YPRL

Today is the last day of our National Science Week celebrations, and I hope you have enjoyed our range of activities. But wait, there’s more! Our weekly afterschool programs, and our plethora of eContent, can help you make every week Science Week. Take a look at what’s on offer:

Mondays – Virtual Code Club (school terms only)

Code Club is a great way to introduce children to coding and to Scratch, a visual coding language designed for beginners.  Each week, children will be offered a fun project to tackle.  Code Club is currently offered in online mode, where we use Microsoft Teams to enable Club leaders to talk to participants and offer assistance.  Virtual Code Club is on every Monday afternoon at 4pm. For ages 8-12.

Tuesdays – Science Club (school terms only)

Our popular Science Club program currently exists as video tutorials that you can follow along from home.  Every Tuesday at 4pm, head to the YPRL Facebook page to see a new hands-on science-themed activity, that can be done using readily available materials.  A material list will be announced every Monday on the YPRL Facebook page.  For ages 5-12.  You can also check out past Science Club activities here.

Wednesdays – Lego Challenge (school terms only)

Lego Club has also moved online, and we offer a new Lego Challenge every Wednesday at 4pm.  Join Teresa and Stella as they challenge your Lego creativity!  For ages 5+.  Lego Club is screened on the YPRL Facebook page.  You can catch up on past episodes here.

YPRL Connects with NASA

A few months ago, YPRL had a special opportunity to connect with NASA’s Solar System Ambassador program, their outreach service. In our first event, we spoke to Solar System Ambassador Kailash Kalidoss, who told us about the Perseverance Rover Mars Mission.

In our second session, Solar System Ambassador Amy C. Oliver read a hilarious story about astrophysics, and also performed the “Breathless Balloons” chemistry experiment.

Science eResources

While our regular science programming is often aimed at children, our eLibrary offers a great range of science content for teens and adults. These include:

eMagazines

Keep up to date with the latest discoveries, enjoy interesting articles and stunning images by using RB Digital to access our collection of science magazines online. Choose from New Scientist, National Geographic and many more. You can set up a virtual subscription by accepting notifications for new issues.

Read our guide on how to get started with RB Digital.

Documentaries and Online Learning

Kanopy offers a wide range of documentaries and webinars on scientific topics including environmental science, IT, zoology and health.

Learn how to get started with Kanopy.

Karen Seligman, Learning Coordinator, Yarra Plenty Regional Library

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