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STEAM-Powered Programs with MCPL

STEAM-Powered Programs with MCPL give children and teens a chance to explore design-based thinking through coding and virtual reality using the latest digital technology. Look for programs with this STEAM-Powered icon throughout Beyond the Books. Not only will they engage the world in new and different ways, children and teens will learn skills to prepare them for jobs in the 21st century by strengthening their communication, problem-solving, digital literacy, and grade-level reading skills. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

WeDo LEGO Robotics: Roaring Lion

Roar with robots. Build a roaring lion and command it to sit up and lay down. Kids will work in pairs to make this simple robot. Ages 8 and up

Liberty Branch
Thursday, November 2 | 4:00 p.m.
Boardwalk Branch
Wednesday, November 8 | 2:00 p.m.
North Independence Branch
Thursday, November 9 | 6:00 p.m.
Edgerton Branch
Wednesday, November 15 | 10:00 a.m.
Parkville Branch
Thursday, November 16 | 4:30 p.m.
Kearney Branch
Tuesday, November 28 | 1:30 p.m.
Blue Springs South Branch
Saturday, December 2 | 2:00 p.m.
Blue Ridge Branch
Saturday, December 2 | 2:00 p.m.
Lee's Summit Branch
Saturday, December 2 | 2:00 p.m.
Lone Jack Branch
Thursday, December 14 | 2:00 p.m.
North Oak Branch
Thursday, December 28 | 1:30 p.m.
North Oak Branch
Thursday, December 28 | 3:00 p.m.
Dearborn Branch
Wednesday, January 3 | 10:00 a.m.
Dearborn Branch
Wednesday, January 3 | 2:00 p.m.
Buckner Branch
Saturday, January 13 | 2:00 p.m.
South Independence Branch
Saturday, January 13 | 2:00 p.m.
Raytown Branch
Saturday, January 20 | 2:00 p.m.
Grain Valley Branch
Saturday, January 27 | 10:00 a.m.

Mission Possible: Build a Better World With Coding

Join the scientists from Mad Science for a three-week workshop that teaches code-building basics through fun, game-like activities. Designed for kids grades 2 to 5. All ages

Edgerton Branch
Tuesday, January 9 | 2:00 p.m.
Edgerton Branch
Tuesday, January 9 | 3:30 p.m.
Liberty Branch
Wednesday, January 10 | 7:00 p.m.
Lone Jack Branch
Thursday, January 11 | 2:00 p.m.
Edgerton Branch
Tuesday, January 16 | 2:00 p.m.
Edgerton Branch
Tuesday, January 16 | 3:30 p.m.
Boardwalk Branch
Wednesday, January 17 | 2:00 p.m.
Liberty Branch
Wednesday, January 17 | 7:00 p.m.
Lone Jack Branch
Thursday, January 18 | 2:00 p.m.
Edgerton Branch
Tuesday, January 23 | 2:00 p.m.
Edgerton Branch
Tuesday, January 23 | 3:30 p.m.
Boardwalk Branch
Wednesday, January 24 | 2:00 p.m.
Liberty Branch
Wednesday, January 24 | 7:00 p.m.
Lone Jack Branch
Thursday, January 25 | 2:00 p.m.
Boardwalk Branch
Wednesday, January 31 | 2:00 p.m.

WeDo LEGO Robotics: Drumming Monkey

Boom! Boom! Boom! Build a musical monkey and program him to drum to your beat! Kids will work in pairs to make this simple robot. Ages 8 and up

Raytown Branch
Saturday, February 3 | 2:00 p.m.
Blue Springs South Branch
Saturday, February 3 | 2:00 p.m.
Raytown Branch
Saturday, February 3 | 3:30 p.m.
Parkville Branch
Thursday, February 8 | 4:30 p.m.
Lone Jack Branch
Friday, February 16 | 2:00 p.m.
North Independence Branch
Thursday, February 22 | 6:00 p.m.
Oak Grove Branch
Tuesday, February 27 | 6:30 p.m.
Boardwalk Branch
Wednesday, February 28 | 2:00 p.m.
Boardwalk Branch
Wednesday, February 28 | 5:00 p.m.
Buckner Branch
Saturday, March 3 | 11:00 a.m.
Liberty Branch
Wednesday, March 7 | 7:00 p.m.
Colbern Road Branch
Thursday, March 8 | 6:30 p.m.
South Independence Branch
Saturday, March 10 | 2:00 p.m.
Grandview Branch
Monday, March 19 | 4:30 p.m.
Grandview Branch
Tuesday, March 20 | 5:30 p.m.
Excelsior Springs Branch
Tuesday, March 20 | 6:30 p.m.
North Oak Branch
Friday, March 23 | 1:30 p.m.
North Oak Branch
Friday, March 23 | 3:00 p.m.
Blue Ridge Branch
Saturday, March 24 | 3:00 p.m.
Kearney Branch
Tuesday, March 27 | 1:30 p.m.
Kearney Branch
Wednesday, March 28 | 2:00 p.m.
Grain Valley Branch
Saturday, April 7 | 11:00 a.m.
Blue Springs North Branch
Monday, April 16 | 6:30 p.m.

STEAM-Powered Program: Mad Science Codes with Cubelets

Cubelets is a perfect platform to learn your own Cubelets robots. Mad Science will introduce a visual programming tool give you the full control over your Cubelets. Create countless new robots and behaviors with the power of code.Ages 7 and up

Edgerton Branch
Tuesday, January 9 | 2:00 p.m.
Boardwalk Branch
Wednesday, February 7 | 6:30 p.m.
Edgerton Branch
Tuesday, February 13 | 10:00 a.m.
Antioch Branch
Thursday, February 22 | 6:00 p.m.
Kearney Branch
Tuesday, February 27 | 1:30 p.m.
Grain Valley Branch
Saturday, March 3 | 11:00 a.m.
Lone Jack Branch
Thursday, March 8 | 2:00 p.m.
Buckner Branch
Saturday, March 10 | 10:00 a.m.
Woodneath Library Center
Monday, March 12 | 6:30 p.m.
Claycomo Branch
Saturday, March 17 | 2:00 p.m.
Riverside Branch
Tuesday, March 20 | 2:00 p.m.
Raytown Branch
Saturday, March 24 | 2:00 p.m.
Dearborn Branch
Tuesday, April 3 | 4:00 p.m.
Grandview Branch
Tuesday, April 24 | 5:30 p.m.
Parkville Branch
Thursday, April 26 | 4:30 p.m.

Draw Like Picasso

Children will learn about the famous Spanish painter and his 20th Century art movement. Then they'll recreate their own version of his painting, The Sailor. Ages 6 and up

Lone Jack Branch
Thursday, November 30 | 2:00 p.m.
Edgerton Branch
Tuesday, January 30 | 2:00 p.m.
Edgerton Branch
Tuesday, January 30 | 3:30 p.m.

Draw Like Van Gogh

Children will learn about Van Gogh, and study his dynamic and energetic brush strokes in his Sunflowers. Then they'll create their version of Van Gogh’s masterpiece. Ages 6 and up

Blue Springs South Branch
Saturday, November 18 | 10:00 a.m.
North Independence Branch
Thursday, December 14 | 6:00 p.m.
Blue Ridge Branch
Saturday, January 6 | 2:00 p.m.
Kearney Branch
Tuesday, January 9 | 1:30 p.m.

Kids Lab: Full STEAM Ahead

It's Full STEAM Ahead at the North Oak Branch! Join us on the second Thursday of each month to explore and experiment with STEAM! Ages 6 and up

North Oak Branch
How It Grows
Thursday, November 9 | 6:30 p.m.
North Oak Branch
Building Challenge
Thursday, December 14 | 6:30 p.m.
North Oak Branch
Puzzles, Puzzles, Puzzles
Thursday, January 11 | 6:30 p.m.
North Oak Branch
Thursday, February 8 | 6:30 p.m.
North Oak Branch
Thursday, March 8 | 6:30 p.m.
North Oak Branch
Thursday, April 12 | 6:30 p.m.

Mad Science Codes with Raspberry Pi

Coding is as easy as Raspberry Pi. Kids will explore the world of coding using these credit card-sized computers and learn the basics of computer languages such as SCRATCH. Ages 10 and up.

Woodneath Library Center
Thursday, February 8 | 6:30 p.m.
Edgerton Branch
Tuesday, February 27 | 10:00 a.m.
Lone Jack Branch
Thursday, March 1 | 2:00 p.m.
Antioch Branch
Saturday, March 17 | 11:00 a.m.
North Oak Branch
Wednesday, March 21 | 1:00 p.m.
Boardwalk Branch
Thursday, March 22 | 6:00 p.m.
Claycomo Branch
Saturday, March 31 | 2:00 p.m.

STEAM-Powered Program

Get geared up for a variety of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics-centered activities. These programs are designed with 8- through 14-year-olds in mind. Count on a skill-building good time! Ages 6 and up

Lone Jack Branch
Thursday, January 4 | 2:00 p.m.
Lee's Summit Branch
Saturday, January 20 | 3:00 p.m.
Lone Jack Branch
LEGO
Thursday, February 8 | 2:00 p.m.
Antioch Branch
Cupstacking
Saturday, February 10 | 11:00 a.m.
Lee's Summit Branch
Survive the Quake
Tuesday, February 20 | 2:00 p.m.
Lone Jack Branch
LEGO
Thursday, February 22 | 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 22 | 6:30 p.m.
Parkville Branch
Code and Go Robot Mouse
Thursday, February 22 | 4:30 p.m.
Blue Ridge Branch
Survive the Quake
Saturday, February 24 | 3:00 p.m.
North Independence Branch
Stars and Planets
Friday, March 2 | 2:00 p.m.
Riverside Branch
Soldering Irons
Saturday, March 3 | 11:00 a.m.
Edgerton Branch
Digital Microscopes
Tuesday, March 6 | 10:00 a.m.
Riverside Branch
Mixed Media Art
Friday, March 16 | 2:00 p.m.
Lee's Summit Branch
Cupstacking
Monday, March 19 | 2:00 p.m.
Edgerton Branch
Survive the Quake
Tuesday, March 20 | 10:00 a.m.
Lone Jack Branch
Water Color and Drawing
Thursday, March 22 | 2:00 p.m.
Parkville Branch
Google Cardboard
Thursday, March 22 | 4:30 p.m.
Lone Jack Branch
Water Color and Drawing
Thursday, March 22 | 2:00 p.m.
Edgerton Branch
Makey Makey
Wednesday, April 4 | 10:00 a.m.
Lone Jack Branch
Magna-Tiles
Thursday, April 5 | 2:00 p.m.
Riverside Branch
Cupstacking
Friday, April 13 | 2:00 p.m.
Lee's Summit Branch
Makey-Makey
Monday, April 16 | 2:00 p.m.
Edgerton Branch
Water Color and Drawing
Wednesday, April 18 | 10:00 a.m.
Lone Jack Branch
Playstix
Thursday, April 19 | 2:00 p.m.
Liberty Branch
Stars and Planets
Thursday, April 19 | 3:00 p.m.
Liberty Branch
Stars and Planets
Friday, April 20 | 3:00 p.m.
Antioch Branch
Stars and Planets
Saturday, April 21 | 11:00 a.m.

Brixology: Boats

Create a seaworthy vessel as you set sail with nautical engineering! Build and test a boat powered by potential and kinetic energy. Then try changing specific variables to improve speed, buoyancy, and stability. Ages 6 and up

North Oak Branch
Friday, February 16 | 2:00 p.m.
Boardwalk Branch
Wednesday, March 28 | 2:00 p.m.
North Independence Branch
Thursday, April 26 | 6:00 p.m.

Create with LEGO® Bricks: Airplane

Bricks 4 Kidz programs are built around special model plans designed by engineers and architects. At Bricks 4 Kidz, we believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity. Ages 6 and up

Weston Branch
Tuesday, April 3 | 10:30 a.m.
Liberty Branch
Wednesday, April 4 | 7:00 p.m.
Boardwalk Branch
Wednesday, April 11 | 2:00 p.m.
Platte City Branch
Saturday, April 14 | 11:00 a.m.

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