Science is Limiting, STEM is Invigorating!

Every Tuesday and Thursday CADL South Lansing hosts a drop-in program from 3-5 p.m. where kids ages 5 and up can participate in a quick science experiment or art project. Recently we changed the name of the program from “Drop-In Science” to “Drop-In STEM”. It might seem like a subtle change, but that 4-letter acronym opens a world of possibilities.


If you are unfamiliar with the acronym STEM, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Making the change to STEM allows us to incorporate so many fresh ideas that weren’t covered by the science umbrella. Since the change, we’ve already had a lot of creative ideas that all the kids have loved – so much so they tend to stay engaged the full 2 hours!

Jay, one of our library assistants, had kids create a zip line with LEGOs strung from one chair to another. LEGOs flew through the air, zooming to the cheers of all the kids watching them go. I held a competition for building bridges and structures over ‘water’ (ok, blue construction paper) and testing the weight to see who could hold the most or have the longest bridge. Bridges covered nearly every inch of the table, and in some cases, connected to pulled-up chairs.


STEM is alive and well in South Lansing! Bring your kids by to see some more great ideas in action. We love to see kids get creative!


Keith L., CADL South Lansing