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STEAM Event Ideas

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If you work in a school or community library, or an after school group, STEAM events can be a way to offer technology events for kids.

Here are some ideas for kids of all ages, as well as parents and adults. Some of these event ideas require little or no technology. You only need a room, someone to lead the event, and parents, siblings, or other relatives to work with kids throughout the event. The easiest place to start would be board games with kids and parents. For older kids, they will need access to a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with web browsers and other software.

These ideas also might be a way to gauge community interest and lead to more involved activities, for example, setting up a maker space.

Resources mentioned are linked at the bottom of this article.

Kids Ages 5-8

For this age group, and really anyone new to technology, there are a number of board and card games that are lots of fun as they teach the basics of computer science and programming. Robot Turtles teaches players about conditional logic and strategic thinking as they direct others through the game. One Robot Turtles game can be played by up to 5 people with a parent or adult to keep everyone on track through the game.

Other board games include Code Monkey Island and Treasure Island. Fun card games include littleCodr and Bits and Bytes.

Kids Ages 8-12

Kids familiar with the basics of computer science and programming can evolve into services and languages that make it easy to play around as they learn more about programming. These services and languages also include offerings from simple to more complicated. Some are available online with a browser and internet connection. Others are apps which must be downloaded.


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