WESTLAKE — Sponsored by the Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library, Science Week is intended to emphasize the importance of science and technology in today’s economy while encouraging everyone to learn more about scientific concepts and ideas. Planned programs cover some of the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) objectives included in the Westlake City Schools’ curriculum.
Science Week is also intended to help students keep their minds sharp during summer vacation.
Here are the programs the library has scheduled:
Monday, Aug. 5 and Wednesday, Aug. 7
2-4 p.m. –“Who’s Living in my Backyard” – Experiments, games, crafts, songs and stories that helps students in grades two and three discover the diversity of life in their own backyard. This two-session series is designed to increase scientific literacy.
Tuesday, Aug. 6
2-2:45 p.m. – “The Wonderful World of Bubbles” – The Bubble Lady presents an afternoon of science fun. Free tickets are available in the Youth Services Department starting July 30.
4-5 p.m. – “Cosmetic Science” – Have you ever wondered what goes into the making of lipstick, eyeshadow and mascara? Barb Cashmere, a former chemist at Bonne Belle, tells about the science that goes into making popular makeup products. For grades six through 12.
7-8 p.m. – “It’s a Robot Storytime!” Ages 4-7.
Wednesday, Aug. 7
2-4 p.m. –“Solar Cooking” – Recycled materials will be used to create an oven that cooks using just the power of the sun. For grades five through eight.
Thursday, Aug. 8
10 a.m.-noon – “Daytime Astronomy” – Visitors will have the opportunity to view the sun – Earth’s nearest star – through solar-safe telescopes. The Moon may also be visible for viewing later in the morning. Please note that this program is dependent on the weather. Look for the telescopes near the library parking lot.
10 a.m-3 p.m. – “Experiment Station” – Experiment day will end with the second annual egg drop at 3 p.m. Supplies to participate will be available starting at 2 p.m. All ages welcome.
Friday, Aug. 9
7-7:45 p.m. – “Thomas Alva Edison” – The famous inventor will come alive in the library to talk about his early life and his inventions, such as the light bulb, in this interactive program. For all ages. No registration necessary.
To register for any of these programs or check for updated program information, call 440-871-2600 or visit http://signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080.