Full STEAM ahead at the Westport Library!

Last year, the Westport Library’s Camp Explore! opened a virtual global world of discovery and exploration to middle grade children and their families. After a year of closures and distance learning, we will offer the live, hands-on experiences to students in grades 4 – 10. Choose between on-site, virtual, and play-on-demand options to travel beyond geographic boundaries and discover new STEAM horizons.

Camp Explore is made possible by the continuing generosity of Roz and Bud Siegel.
Thursday, May 27 10:00 am
Kickoff with 
Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander, author and recipient of the Newbery medal, will share how he’s “changing the world one word at a time.” His New York Times bestsellers include: Surf’s Up, The Crossover, Swing, The Undefeated, and Becoming Muhammad Ali. This program is presented in cooperation with the Westport Public School District and Green Farms Academy. 
June 29 – July 1 
10:00 - 11:30 am
Intro to Stop Motion Animation with 
Jhonny Parks
For students in grades 5 – 9: With stop motion animation, we can bring any object to life! Work with director, animator, and video editor, Jhonny Parks to learn the animation process including storyboarding, character creation, and the software for capturing and animating frames. Participants will use the free Stop Motion App on phones and tablets.
Tuesday, July 6 
10:00 - 11:30 am
Homemade Microphone Magic
with Audio Manager Travis Bell
For students in grades 5 – 8: Using repurposed materials from around the house, students will build a working microphone for use anytime and anywhere. Start your own band or host a karaoke party.
July 27 – July 29 
10:00 - 11:30 am
Bats Langley’s MONSTER LAB
For students in grades 4 – 6: Create marvelous monsters and fantastical stories with Bats Langley, illustrator of Groggle’s Monster Valentine. Set monstrously clever ideas to paper, build 3D monster sculptures with a variety of supplies from around the house, and make them come to life with creative story making.
August 10 – 12
10:00 - 11:30 am

Explore Art and Math in TurtleArt and ArtLogo with 
Josh Burker
For students in grades 6 – 9: Explore geometry and programming techniques through two browser based programs on computers or tablets: TurtleArt, which uses coding blocks and ArtLogo, a text-based program. At the end of the workshop we will create and wander through a virtual gallery of our creations. A brightly visual method to learn coding basics.
Tuesday, August 17 
10:00 - 11:30 am

Advanced Coding: LightLogo with
Josh Burker
For students in grades 7 – 10: Coders will be introduced to LightLogo, a microworld where we make a variety of light patterns with only 10 lines of code. This program encourages algorithmic thinking - learning how to express a sequence of things that express itself over time. Requirements: Windows or Mac computer (no Chromebooks) with USB port; software and driver installations required prior to start of the workshop.
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Westport, CT 06880
203.291.4800

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