STEAMing into Ringwood Public Library


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On Display at the Library

Learn about the parts of the human brain, take a brain or neuron coloring page, or help put together our neuron puzzle.

What's a neuron?
A neuron is a cell found in the nervious system. It transports information from one cell to another, helping to form thoughts and actions that our bodies take. It consists of 3 parts: a cell body, a long axon, and branchlike dendrites. Signals are carried down the axon and transmitted to the next cell at a space between the cells called a synapse.

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Photo Credit: Quasar Jarosz at English Wikipedia
 
Check out how Humpback Whales create bubble nets to hunt for prey. Drones helped capture the video!
 

The Period Table of the Elements is 150 this year!

Dimitri Mendeleev devised a system of organizing all elements according to atomic number (the number of protons), valence electrons and other properties, grouping them into families of similar properties.
Explore all the elements with these online interactive Periodic Tables:

www.rsc.org/period-table

www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/period-table.html
 

AC or DC?

Thre are two types of currents used for electricity:
Alternating Current and Direct Current.
The flow of electricity in a DC system is one-directional. In AC, the flow of energy alternates. Thomas Edison was the developer of the DC system, which is simpler. Nikola Tesla developed the AC system, which is more efficient.

Confused about Recycling?

Check out these websites to learn how to recyle properly:
EPA website
recyclingnj.com
npr.org
See Ringwood's graphic about what we can recyle at the town's recycling center.

Resources for learning how to code

Interested in learning how to program computers and robots?
Try these apps, websites and kits:

https://scratch.mit.edu/
https://code.org/
https://www.letsstartcoding.com/: Kits are required. We have the Code Speaker kit available for check-out at the library!
Grasshopper: app available in Google Play and Apple App stores.
Hopscotch: app available in the Apple App store.
Tynker: app available in the Apple App store.

Science-to-go Kits

We currently have kits available to check out for Ringwood residents.
Choose from Code Speaker, the Circuit Maze Game, Snap Circuits Jr., the Optics Creator kit, Simple Machines, and K'Nex.
Look for information about them in our STEAM area!
Ask how to check them out at the Circulation Desk.

3D printing is here!

You design, we'll print it!
Check out some hints for designing and printing here.
Check out our Printing Policies here.
Print a Request for a 3D Print-out form here.