San Diego Library Courses – Spring Break


Messy Science: Earth (Middle School) @ Mira Mesa Branch Library

Description: In this workshop-format class, we explore the beauty, mysteries, and facts about our planet Earth. Using tools and materials from our modern world, we will re-enact some of the physics, chemistry, and biology that make Earth unique. Hands-on activities will be punctuated with sounds of boom, crash, zip, and slime! The class is configurable to different lessons, each focusing on an aspect of glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, permafrost, sea level rise, or tsunamis. During these workshops, students will design things, test things, throw things, and stomp on things. Using our newfound knowledge of our Earth system, we will use our imaginations to make our planet a more fun place.
  • Meeting Day: Saturdays
  • Dates: 4/29/17 and 5/6/17
  • Times: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mira Mesa Branch Library
  • Level: Middle School (Grades 6th- 8th)
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: APPLY NOW

Oceans: (Middle School) @ Mira Mesa Branch Library

Description: The ocean is host to many different ecosystems – from the tide pools that grace our shorelines to areas far off, in the middle of the Pacific. What’s life like for the animals that dwell in these ecosystems, and how do marine biologists go about doing research in these areas? Students get to virtually "come aboard" a few science expeditions as we look at remote areas, including Deep Sea Ecosystems like the Mariana Trench, to learn about the bizarre creatures that dwell in the abyss and beyond, as well as California’s own kelp forest ecosystems, where sea lions, dolphins, and whales frolic just offshore. We look at human-caused effects on these ecosystems, including a peek into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with interactive activities and experiments that explore how plastics move around our oceans. Learning comes to life as each student creates their own handcrafted marine creatures or scenes inspired by their virtual ocean adventures to take home with them. Crafts are finished with a magnet for fun and easy display.
  • Date and time: Sunday, 5/7/17 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Date and time: Saturday, 5/20/17 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mira Mesa Branch Library
  • Level: Middle School (Grades 6th- 8th)
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: APPLY NOW

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