STEAMstacks: Innovate, Create, Discover

To the left of the pink STEAMstacks icon are three snapshots, which include a mother crafting with her daughter, a cat robot made out of paper plates and empty paper towel roll tubes, and a pre-teen child standing proudly next to her cardboard box robot.

What are STEAMstacks Programs?

#STEAMstacks maker programs combine reading, showing, and making. These programs emphasize science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM).

Why did we create STEAMstacks?

Many of modern civilization’s most profound developments were initiated here in San José and Silicon Valley. They were the result of someone with an idea and the ability to bring it to life. More than ever, people here are harnessing that legacy, breaking out of the role of consumer, and becoming creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

The concept of Library is expanding from a place for consumption of information and media, to a place for self-directed and peer-assisted learning, creation, invention, and entrepreneurship. Hands-on technology learning can expose disenfranchised residents to opportunities to develop skills and access the hardware and software industries that are booming around them in the Silicon Valley.

While STEAMstacks encourages local community engagement, it is also part of an international movement fostering creative, social thinking and life-long learning through making. San José Public Library intends to be a key node in that connected learning network and to incorporate its capabilities into the community’s overall knowledge infrastructure.​

SJPL Robot holding a bookMad scientist performs a fiery experiment in front of young STEAMstacks attendees.Little ones play with their newly created 3D models while a 3D printer produces more toys.kids making squishy circuits with a laptop and some bananas

Upcoming STEAM Events Email Alerts for Branch Events

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AP Computer Science

  Dec 12 2018 - 3:30pm
  Village Square Branch Library
Math spelled out in multicolored letters held up with hands

Math Olympiad Prep by KoreKloud

  Dec 12 2018 - 4:30pm
  West Valley Branch Library
Examples of 3D Ornaments; A Christmas Tree and a Snowman

3D Print a Holiday Ornament

  Dec 15 2018 - 3:00pm
  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
A child playing with Legos

LEGO® Fun

  Dec 18 2018 - 4:00pm
  Santa Teresa Branch Library
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Math Olympiad Club

  Dec 18 2018 - 5:00pm
  West Valley Branch Library
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AP Computer Science

  Dec 19 2018 - 3:30pm
  Village Square Branch Library
Mad Science logo surrounded by animals, machinery and other science objects

Mad Science: Movie Special Effects

  Dec 28 2018 - 4:00pm
  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Colorful folded paper polygons.

Art Meets Math: Flexagons and More!

  Jan 3 2019 - 4:00pm
  Edenvale Branch Library
Colorful folded paper polygons.

Art Meets Math: Flexagons and More!

  Jan 4 2019 - 4:00pm
  Tully Community Branch Library
Three kids working on an engineering project

EngAcademy Engineering Program

  Jan 4 2019 - 4:30pm
  Willow Glen Branch Library
family members drawing with color markers

Family Math and Engineering Presented by (...

  Jan 5 2019 - 2:00pm
  Pearl Avenue Branch Library
A child playing with Legos

LEGO® Fun

  Jan 8 2019 - 4:00pm
  Santa Teresa Branch Library

Comments

what age groups is this geared towards? i am and adult and i want to attend

STEAMstacks maker programs are primarily for kids, but the Maker[Space]Ship is for all ages. Check out sjpl.org/makerspaceship for upcoming Maker[Space]Ship programs that are available to the the public.

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