Did you realize all the ways engineers build things we use every day? The Chicago Public Library’s Winter Learning Challenge will focus on engineering.
The CPL Winter Learning Challenge runs from Dec. 18 through Jan. 8. Kids are encouraged to :
- Build something as tall as they are.
- Design a new way to talk to friends.
- Make something that can fly or float.
To complete the challenge, young readers need to:
- Read — books, magazines, or websites — for at least 20 minutes for five days.
- Complete an activity and share what you discover or create.
Young learners can keep track of their activities on a Winter Learning Challenge Log. The logs can be returned to any library location by Jan. 16 to receive a prize.
More information about the Enter for Engineering: Winter Learning Challenge is available online, along with other ideas for activities. There’s also an online list of books about engineering for young readers. Here are some of the recommended activities:
- Learn about engineers and the engineering process with Crash Course Kids, then use your new skills to complete the robot challenge or the architecture adventure.
- Take the Skyscraper Challenge to test your civil engineers skills.
- Anyone can be an engineer! Learn about real female engineers at EngineerGirl.
- Attend one of our Mix It Up with Mad Science events.
- Experiment with soap, water and sugar to make your own bubble solution.
- What would an elephant brush his teeth with? Elephant toothpaste of course!
- Learn all about “non-Newtonian” liquids by making some oobleck—is it a solid or a liquid?
- Amaze your friends and family with this magic ice experiment.
- Looking for a tasty chemical reaction? Try a recipe in one of these cookbooks for kids.
The Winter Learning Challenge is made possible through the Chicago Public Library Foundation.