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MEDIA RELEASE - Full steam ahead at Glenelg Libraries

1 May 2018

Children are invited to learn how to build a tower that holds an apple, upcycle a jar and create optical illusions and more at their local Glenelg Libraries branch this May.

The Glenelg Libraries are bringing back STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) activities throughout the month May, offering a variety of hands on sessions across Portland, Heywood and Casterton.

Library and Information Services Manager Yvette Parker said the STEAM program, which was launched at the beginning of 2018, was a popular choice with children.

“Our first term of STEAM activities were a resounding success, with many sessions fully booked out,” she said.

“As a result, we have brought back STEAM during May, with a number of fun and creative activities that will not only entertain children, but also challenge their logic, reasoning and design skills.

“Some of the activities on offer include an engineering challenge, where participants will build a masterpiece that will hold the weight of an apple, and an upcycle planting session where with the help of some old stockings children will plant a grass head and watch it grow.

“With activities on offer right across the Glenelg Shire, there is bound to be a STEAM activity to interest your child, or children, which is close to home.”

A full list of STEAM events for May are below:

• Friday 4 May What's my Carbon Footprint? 4:00-4:45pm, Portland Library
• Friday 11 May Upcycle Planting 4:00-4:45pm, Portland Library
• Thursday 17 May Engineering Challenge 4:00-4:45pm, Casterton Library
• Friday 18 May Engineering Challenge 4:00-4:45pm, Portland Library
• Thursday 24 May Optical Illusion Art 4:00-4:45pm, Heywood Library
• Friday 25 May Optical Illusion Art 4:00-4:45pm, Portland Library

Bookings for STEAM activities are required. Families are advised to contact their local Glenelg Libraries branch.

For further details, including age requirements, please visit the Glenelg Libraries website or Facebook page.

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