LEAP: Science is Fun!
In this increasingly technological world, science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) skills are key to a child’s success. Harford County Public Library recognizes the importance of fostering STEM talent and has developed the Learn, Explore, and Play or LEAP Program, a series of fun, free, educational programming and equipment kits to enhance interest and competence in these fields.
Best STEM Books 2017 (pdf)
Citizen ScienceWhat is Citizen Science? It's the idea that ordinary people (citizens) can conduct scientific research in a real and meaningful way. You don't have to have a college degree-or even a high school diploma! Here are some organizations that will link you into their Citizen Science networks.
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, www.otterpointcreek.org
National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Watch, http://www.nwf.org/wildlifewatch/
Project Feeder Watch from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw
Remember last summer's earthquake? Did You Feel It? earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi is a Web site produced by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to tap the abundant information available about earthquakes from the people who actually experience them. By taking advantage of the vast numbers of Internet users, USGS seeks to get a more complete description of what people experienced, the effects of the earthquake and the extent of damage. With the help of citizen scientists, USGS can do this almost instantly.
Want more? Scientific American has several citizen scientist projects listed on their website at http://www.scientificamerican.com/citizen-science/