For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY -- January 2013 will mark the second anniversary of the Lego club at the Blake Library in Stuart.
Now, three more of the Martin County Library System libraries: the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach, the Hobe Sound Public Library, and the Robert Morgade Library in south Stuart are hosting Lego clubs.
While playing with these colorful building bricks is a fun way to spend the afternoon, it is also educational. Lego play supports STEM education. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math, that is oftentimes expanded to STE(A)M in order to include the arts. One of the objectives in the Martin County library system's long range services plan is to incorporate STE(A)M learning into "engaging library events, classes, and workshops."
In fact, 50 percent of future events for youth will be focused on the exploration of STE(A)M topics.
The most recent Lego club held at the Blake Library had 19 participants. The children are given a theme to build on, a cardboard base, a pile of building bricks, and the encouragement to use their creativity. Past themes have included such topics as castles, monsters and space, and in this instance the theme was "dream machines."
Check the library calendar in order to find out about these educational yet fun opportunities.
Sign up on the library's website to receive the Online Connection for Kids, the weekly email newsletter detailing all that is happening at the Martin County libraries.
For more information about LEGO play, visit www.lego.com/ or www.legoeducation.us.
For more information, call (772) 221-1403, or visit www.library.martin.fl.us.