Blasting super fast air with a vortex canon and dancing in front of an infrared camera were among patrons' favorite STEM activities at the library on Saturday, November 10 during a day of supercharged science.
Some visitors used the "Fun Fly Sticks" to control static charges that made objects fly, while others tested their ears by putting on an elaborate headphone/cone contraption. Lightening, created by a Tesla Coil, drew gasps from onlookers, and the biggest draw for the more than 1400 residents in attendance was the Van de Graaff generator, whose accelerated electrons caused some visitors hair to float and skin to tingle.
The science and technology activities brought to the library by Northern Illinois University's STEM Laboratories outreach program, and hosted by 30 community volunteers marked the Woodridge Public Library's first big STEM event. New STEM activity kits are available for families to borrow and use at the library, as part of their ongoing efforts to encourage children to engage with science, technology, engineering and math.