Maker Day at Home
Maker Day has been an annual summer event at the library since 2017. This popular event typically draws close to 200 people and features special guests like the Tri-Town Bookmobile, Maine State Library, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. During the event, guests are invited to visit stations around the library where they can try a variety of hands-on activities. At past Maker Days, participants have had the opportunity to steer the SeaPerch underwater robot around a water tank, launch stomp rockets, code robots, learn origami, experience virtual reality, and more! We're sad that we aren't able to hold our traditional Maker Day this year, but excited to be able to offer a take-home version instead!
Starting Saturday, July 25th, Maker Day at Home kits will be available to pick up in front of the library. Each kit includes materials and instructions for completing several STEM-based activities. Maker Day at Home is geared towards children 12 and under. We will have 100 kits available and they will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. We recommend one kit per child.
Each kit includes the following activities:
Dinosaur Ice Egg: This activity teaches critical thinking and the scientific method. Rainbow Skittles: This activity teaches children about water stratification and allows them to see it in action. Baking Soda Ball: This activity teaches children about chemistry. Origami Ice Cream Cone: This activity teaches sequencing, geometry, and spatial skills. Also included in each kit are a variety of puzzles (Sudoku, cryptograms) and instructions for completing a "bouncy egg" science experiment. For more details on each activity, check out this video: