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The ‘Summer of STEAM’ school holiday programme is on at the Rotorua Library over the summer period and has plenty of interesting events to keep the kids entertained.
Photograph: Library Youth & Early Learning Specialist Te Aroha Rangi is looking forward to the exciting Summer of STEAM activities.
The letters in STEAM stand for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics and the programme allows children to get a taste of some of these exciting activities ahead of the early February opening of the revamped Rotorua library building, Te Aka Mauri, which will feature many opportunities to explore STEAM concepts.
Included in the activity line-up are robotics and Lego sessions, Toro Pikopiko puppet shows and puppet-making workshops, creative zine-making workshops and 3D printing demonstrations. “The STEAM events will challenge your child’s critical thinking and problem solving skills as they experiment and engage with robotics and other amazing technology”, says Youth & Early Learning Specialist Te Aroha Rangi.
Children need to be supervised during programme events. Numbers are limited for many activities so you will need to book early to avoid missing out. Booking and activity details including any costs are available on our School Holiday Activities webpage or at the library with bookings opening from Thursday 21 December 2017.
As well as organised activities, the popular Bingo Summer Reading Challenge is running throughout the summer holidays. The Reading Challenge is an incentive-based programme designed to keep children up to the age of 13 reading over the summer break and maintaining reading levels.
New children’s books have also arrived in time for the holidays and Ms Rangi suggests picking up your Bingo Summer Reading Challenge sheet at the same time as borrowing for the holidays so that you can be in to win some great prizes.
The summer reading challenge runs from now until Saturday 20 January 2018 with prizes being given out at a Summer Reading Finale featuring special guest Aunty Bea on Tuesday 23 January 2018.Bingo sheets and more information can also be collected from the library or downloaded on our Bingo Summer Reading Challenge page.