Explore, create, learn! Registration is now open for a new multi-session, interactive, ocean-focused STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) adventure series at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street.
STEAM Team Ocean Xplorers is a collaborative effort between the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension Waldo County 4-H, the Belfast Free Library and the UMaine MARINE Initiative. This monthly series allows youth ages 8-12 an opportunity to explore and discover undersea and seaside wonders together with UMaine scientists and local field experts through hands-on learning experiences and activities.
The free program will kick off on Oct. 19, 2023 with Diving into Aquaponics. Held at the Belfast Free Library’s Abbott Room on the ground floor, participants will learn all about aquaponics, a type of sustainable farming that combines raising fish in tanks (aquaculture) and growing plants without soil (hydroponics). Youth participants will practice engineering and observation skills and have the opportunity to interact with an aquaponics system.
The series is designed to foster discovery, a sense of belonging, joy, and stewardship for Maine’s ocean and coastline, while introducing STEAM concepts through multi-sensorial engagement. By providing experiential STEAM lessons and activities led by scientists and practitioners, the program aims to inspire participants to envision their path to college and future career in STEAM. Throughout the program series, spanning until May, youth will explore diverse educational and culturally relevant themes, such as aquaponics, aquaculture, marine mammals and marine debris, deepening ocean literacy. Space is limited to 30 children. Registration is required.
To register, click here.