Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy

Our children are lagging behind in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Schools have begun to concentrate on providing better education in these areas and now libraries are being asked to provide the same.  Learn how to provide educational programs using STEM without going to school to become a scientist.  Children’s librarians and associates will learn to present and adapt programs for multiple ages.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the importance of science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) education for children.
  • Create a lesson plan for a library program for children ages two through five incorporating STEM concepts into storytime and activities.
  • Create a lesson plan using one or multiples areas of STEM for families with children ages two through 12.
  • Develop an evaluation tool to measure the success of your STEM program.

Who Should Attend

Children’s and young adult librarians in public libraries and schools; library paraprofessional and support staff who are working with students, parents and teachers.

Course Level & Prerequisites

This course is open to library staff of all experience levels; no prerequisites are required.

Instructor(s)

Angela Young is the Head of the Children's Department at Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna, Ohio. She has been working in public libraries since 2001 where she started her career with Portage County District Libraries presenting story time and children's programs. Since then she has worked at Cuyahoga Falls Library as a children's associate for six years presenting story time, family programming and school age programming. Before accepting the position in Ravenna she worked at the North Ridgeville Library in the Lorain Public Library System for six years as a Youth Services Librarian, where she covered programming for babies through teens.  She currently teaches two courses, Out of This World Youth Programming and STEM Programs Made Easy for ALA Online Learning. 

Date(s) & Time(s)

This is a four week Moodle course run asynchroniously, meaning you will never need to login to a class on a certain date/time. This course will begin the week of July 14, 2014.

Credits &/or CEUs Heading

This course is certified to provide 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to students who pass the course.  A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion for each course taken.

The American Library Association (ALA) has been certified to provide CEUs by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  Individual courses must pass a rigorous certification process by ALA's office of Human Resources Development and Recruitment to be able to provide students with CEUs.  If you have questions about CEUs or course certification, please contact Kristen Sutherland in the ALSC office by email or phone 800-545-2433 ext. 4026.

Fee

Class size is limited to 30 students.

ALSC Personal Member: $115
ALA Personal Member: $165
Nonmember: $185

Member rates apply to personal memberships only.  Interested in joining ALSC?  Click here to learn more about ALSC and how to join.

Technical Requirements

Computer, internet connection, web browser.

How to Register

Registration is now open!  Visit the ALA Registration page to register online, or fill out the registration form and mail it in.  You can also register by calling ALA Member and Customer Service at 800-545-2433 ext. 5.  Course space is limited.

Contact

If you have questions about the course material, please contact the course instructor Angela Young.

If you have questions about registration, please contact ALA's Member and Customer Service Department by email or by calling 800-545-2433 ext. 5.

All other inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to Kristen Sutherland, ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked or faxed to the ALA/MACS department by no later than seven days before the class starts.  Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $35 processing fee.  NO phone cancellations will be accepted.  Refunds will be processed two weeks after the start of the course.  ALSC reserves the right to cancel a course for reasons including insufficient numbers of students. Cancellations after the course has begun will not be accepted.

If you are registered but unable to take a course you may transfer your registration to another student if that student falls under the same registration category.  For instance, an ALSC member may transfer her registration to another ALSC member free of charge.  If you would like to transfer your registration to someone in a different category the difference between prices must be paid at the time of transfer.  All requests for registration transfers must be made in writing no later than seven days before the start of the course.  Please address all requests, including the reason for the transfer and both parties' membership numbers, to ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Sutherland.  Transfers may not be made once a course has started.