Elkhart Public Library and ETHOS Science Center are bringing the moon to our hometown … literally. Moon rocks, a spacesuit, the Science 2 Go bus and more will be here for Family Moon Night, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at the downtown library.
The special event will include hands-on activities and education, and families will learn about International Observe the Moon Night later in the month. Kids in attendance will also receive a journal to write down their observations of the moon and stars leading up to Observe the Moon Night.
The moon, after all, is the Earth’s closest neighbor, and it has much more effect on us than you might think. The moon affects the sea and the tides, and every night, it reflects the sun’s light back to Earth.
Family Moon Night is just one of the ways Elkhart Public Library is involving our area in STEAM-related education through NASA @ My Library, a grant awarded to just 75 communities across the country. ETHOS Science Center is one of our important partners in the effort.
ETHOS’ goal is getting children to connect science to everyday life through problem-solving, discovery and critical thinking.
“We believe in the STEAM approach because it is best practice to integrate science, technology, art, and math,” says Lisa Nyers, a STEAM consultant for ETHOS, “thus, increasing comprehension of concepts, and preparing students for success in the 21st century.
“Through this approach students are encouraged to solve real life problems using collaboration, technology, and both science and math skills,” Nyers said. “Students communicate their findings through art, oral, and written skills, and support their claims with evidence and reasoning from their research. These are skills needed to be successful in careers of the 21st century, and students who learn in this way are not only prepared for high school, college, the job market, but for a successful life.”