Since the summer of 2017, the County has been partnering with Montgomery County Public Libraries during the summer to support their Summer Reading Program. The target audience for Energy Express is elementary-aged students (K-6th grade) and their parents. During these presentations, we take the theme of the Summer Reading Program and create a STEM focused presentation about ENERGY. Every year, there is a different theme so the focus changes but the activities are always interactive, engaging, and educational.
In 2017, the theme was “Build a Better World” and the students learned about renewable energy and built solar cars and small wind turbines. In 2018, the theme was “Libraries Rock,” and students learned that a lot of our electricity comes from rocks and minerals like coal, shale, and uranium. They also had a chance to create a circuit and decorate light plate switch covers which they brought home as a reminder to turn off the lights. In 2019, the theme is “A Universe of Stories” and we are in the process of developing the activity so check back for more information.
As always, we will be visiting various locations throughout the summer. Please feel free to join us for one of the events and please remember to register with your respective library so they know who will be joining us for each event.