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Bringing the library to you… Staff at the Kenton County Public Library have always visited schools and classrooms for curriculum support, storytimes, book discussions and more. Now you can have a Library staff member visit your school to present a STREAM related lesson activity. KCPL staff will bring all supplies/equipment needed and will lead the instruction. If you are an educator in any public or private school in Kenton County, and would like to request this service, take a look at our offerings below:

Marble Roller Coasters

Target Audience: 3rd-5th grade
Duration of Program: 45-60 minutes
Learning Objectives:Through a cycle of building, testing, observing and revision, students will gain an experiential understanding of fundamental physics concepts and the basics of successful roller coaster construction. Students will also have an unstructured opportunity to hone team building skills as they communicate with their peers during roller coaster construction.
Instructor: Chas Smith
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How Green Is Your Footprint?

Target Audience: K-3rd grade
Duration of Program: 45-55 minutes
Learning Objectives: Students will be introduced to the concepts of “ecological footprint” and “environmental stewardship,” with the goal of stimulating interest in additional environmental studies and prompting individual and classroom investigation of the topic.
Instructor: Jennifer Beach
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Coding as Art

Target Audience: 3rd-5th grade
Duration of Program: 45-60 minutes Learning Objectives:
Learning Objectives: Students will be able to use their imagination to create an interactive story, including movable characters and changing scenes. Students will learn a fun and interactive coding program called Scratch to make this possible.
Instructor: Brandon Baldoni
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Physical and Chemical Reactions!

Target Audience: 4th-5th grade
Duration of Program: 45-60 minutes Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to observe chemical changes and temperature change within those chemical reactions. Students will also be able to identify properties of a physical change and properties of a chemical change.
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Instructor: Chas Smith
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It’s Conductive! Studies in the Conductivity of Matter

Target Audience: K-2nd grade
Duration of Program: 45-55 minutes
Learning Objectives: Students will know what the words
“conductor” and “insulator” mean when referring to electricity. Students will investigate the conductivity of a variety of materials, using the MakeyMakey to complete an electrical circuit. Students will be able to name 4 materials that are conductors and 4 materials that are insulators.
Instructor: Lise Tewes
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Sunflowers and Swirly Stars: Getting to Know Vincent van Gogh

Target Audience: K-3rd grade
Duration of Program: 45-60 minutes
Learning Objectives: Students will be introduced to the concepts of color wheel with the three primary colors and the three secondary colors. Students will also be able to demonstrate impasto style of art work.
Instructor: Erin DeSantis
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Picture This!: Transparent, Translucent, Reflective, Opaque

Target Audience: 2nd-5th grade
Duration of Program: 30-45 minutes
Learning Objectives: Students will plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects (cardboard, mirror, wax paper and others) made with different material in the path of a beam of light.
Instructor: Faith Mulberry
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Simple Tools & the Energy Required to Push/Pull Objects

Target Audience: K-2nd grade
Duration of Program: 45-60 minutes
Learning Objectives: Students will be given the opportunity to understand the concepts of pushing and pulling and how the use of simple tools can reduce the amount of energy required to push, pull or move an item and otherwise mitigate the force of gravity and the effects of friction. Students will be able to use simple tools to move things that would be difficult for them to move otherwise.
Instructor: Julia Allegrini
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