Every wondered what’s out there when you look at the stars? Want to meet an astronaut? What was New Zealand like before humans arrived? What goes on in the mind of a robot?
You might just find an answer to these and many other fascinating questions if you come along to the Space and Science Festival at Onslow College, Johnsonville on Saturday the 13th of August from 12 noon to 4pm.
The Space and Science Festival is an event run by volunteers made up of scientists, astronomers, astrophotographers, engineers, mathematicians, technologists and many more people who all give up their time to help you gain greater understanding of the World and space around us both near and far.
This year Wellington City Libraries and Hutt City Libraries have got together and will have a room at the Space and Science Festival packed full of exciting things including robotics, stop/go animation, coding and lego construction. There will be lots of hands on stuff to get involved with including Red, our Nao Robot who can do all sorts of amazing things, even understand what you are saying!
The website for the festival is www.spacesciencefestival.org – you’ll need to get a ticket to get in (best to buy before you go) – Child: $10 or a Family Pass: $50.
If you could design and make something, what would it be? Something so amazing and fantastic that your friends are going to be sooooo jealous.
What about a robot that cleans your room or hover shoes that you could zoom around on. Maybe a small pill that has all your vegetables hidden inside (even broccoli) and when you swallow it, it tastes like chocolate or strawberries and cream.
This website has some great inventions that kids have designed and they have been turned into real products. I really like the scooter.
So get your thinking caps on and start creating. You might like to check out some of these great books to get you started.
Want to confuse and astound your family these holidays? Learn some cool magic tricks, such as the vanishing coin, or balancing a ball on a piece of string! Practise with the step-by-step instructions in these books and see who you can fool. You can find great magic trick books on the shelf under 793.8.
Why not check out our newest book? Magic tricks with coins, cards and everyday objects by Jake Banfield
Want to listen to music or an audio book on your smartphone or tablet? Find out how to make your very own speakers for them! Feeling competitive? Build a balloon-rocket car or a soap-powered boat, then challenge your friends to a race and see whose creation is fastest! Check out these great inventions and more in Home Lab: exciting experiments for budding scientists by Robert Winston
Want to create your very own animated video clip masterpiece? Find out how easy it is to do this by checking out Creating Digital animations: Animate stories with Scratch by Derek Breen. Follow the simple steps and projects using Scratch (free online software). Build a character, create a world and animate your story!
Want the ultimate challenge these holidays? Work your way through mind-bending puzzles, riddles and brainteasers in The Mysterious Benedict Society : Mr. Benedict’s book of perplexing puzzles, elusive enigmas, and curious conundrums by Trenton Lee Stewart, based on his Mysterious Benedict Society Books. Check out the Helpful resources on page 130, and the hints on page 140 if you get stuck. Want a good puzzle to start with? Try finding Milligan hiding in a crowd on page 67!
And finally…become a master at the dark art of shadow-puppets. Create over a hundred animals from unicorns and crocodiles to dogs and owls, from one-handed to two, easy to challenging. Make your next sleepover story extra creepy with these shapes! Check out The art of making shadows by Sophie Collins.
Looking for something to do for the holidays? Here’s what’s happening in the library.
During the school holidays we will be celebrating World Space Week by creating Space Movies!
Calling all Space, Film and Technology buffs! Bring your own device, or use one of our tablets to showcase Earth from space by creating a stop-motion animated film.
Here’s when the events are on at a library near you:
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 28 Sept, 11am
Miramar Library: Wednesday 28 Sept, 2pm
Khandallah Library: Thursday 29 Sept, 2pm
Johnsonville Library: Friday 30 Sept, 11am
Karori Library: Tuesday 4 Oct, 2pm
Wellington Central Library: Wednesday 5 Oct, 11am
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Thursday 6 Oct, 2pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Friday 7 Oct, 2pm
Some important notes:
- Please bring your own device if possible. The library will have a limited number of tablets that can be used on the day.
- If you bring your own device, it needs to be an Android or iOS tablet or smart phone with a camera
- Before the event, please download a free app called Stop Motion Studio on to your device.
- The event is free, and no bookings are required. However due to limited resources and library spaces, librarians may limit numbers on the day depending on how many people turn up.
- Suitable for ages 7+
Minecraft domination! This game has taken over the top ten this month!
Other popular books from the libraries’ non-fiction collections covered Arabic language and Matariki. We’ve been having some great clear skies in the evening, giving you a chance to spy out the constellations in our winter sky.
Arabic language books are part of the foreign language collection in the Children’s non-fiction. There are stories in different languages from around the world as well as dictionaries and books that help with learning a new language.
You don’t have to travel far to use other languages as we are lucky to have people from many different countries living in Wellington. Great phrases to have handy are “hello and goodbye, please and thankyou”. Did you know that New Zealand has three official languages? Te Reo. English and Sign Language.
How many languages can you say these words in? Let us know in the comments.
Here’s your Top 10 for July 2016:
1. The LEGO ideas book, by Daniel Lipkowitz
2. Minecraft: beginner’s handbook, by Stephanie Milton, Paul Soares, Jordan Maron and Joe Bolder
3. Star Wars, David West Reynolds
4. Star Wars character encyclopedia, by Simon Beecroft
5. Minecraft: redstone handbook, by Nick Farwell
6. Minecraft hacks master builder, by Megan Miller
7. LEGO play book, by Daniel Lipkowitz
8. Hacks for Minecrafters, by Megan Miller
9. Minecraft, by Matthew Needler and Phil Southam
10. Cool creations in 35 pieces, by Sean Kinney
Factual folios of fantasy worlds! April’s favourite reads are great ways to spur the imagination. Building your own kingdom (well shelter for starters) from virtual blocks or using Lego in real life. Have your library loans inspired you to construct any awesome creations? In Small scenes from a big galaxy, Vesa Lehtimäki brings together Lego and Star Wars with some inspired photography. Check out his flickr account!
1. LEGO books, by Daniel Lipkowitz
2. Minecraft books, by Megan Miller
3. Minecraft, by Stephanie Milton
4. Star Wars rebels, by Adam Bray
5. Minecraft, by Nick Farwell
6. Star Wars, by David West Reynolds
7. Minecraft, by Matthew Needler and Phil Southam
8. LEGO Star Wars character encyclopedia, by Hannah Dolan
9. Small scenes from a big galaxy, by Vesa Lehtimäki
10. Minecraft blockopedia, by Alex Wiltshire
Minecraft is still a heavy hitter in the new year library factual favourites! There are new releases of old titles with updates and few new tricks and a few newer titles. Take a look at the Hour of code tutorials – there’s one for minecraft! Star Wars isn’t placing as highly as I would of thought with the new movie release, but you guys have been on holiday so I guess some delayed reaction is understandable.
The movie industry influence is extending with the Marvel character guide. Looking for backstory information? Looking for stats and powers of your Marvel superheroes and super villains? Then this book will give you the answers!
1. Minecraft, by Stephanie Milton, Paul Soares, Jordan Maron and Joe Bolder
2. Star Wars, by Dvaid West Reynolds
3. Minecraft hacks master builder, by Megan Miller
4. Minecraft : Redstone handbook, by Nick Farwell
5. Minecraft. Construction handbook, by Matthew Needler and Phil Southam
6. The LEGO ideas book, by Daniel Lipkowitz
7. Star Wars rebels, by Adam Bray
8. Minecraft blockopedia, by Alex Wiltshire
9. Marvel Avengers : the ultimate character guide, by Alan Cowsill
10. Guinness world records 2016, by Craig Glenday
Star Wars is causing a bit of sizzle in the air at the moment. Always popular in Children’s non-fiction there is a special anticipatory feeling around the new movie. The summer reading challenge has joined the buzz with the Central Library activity featuring make a light saber, visit the children’s desk for materials and instructions. Visit all the libraries and complete the other activities to go in for a prize.
Other movie characters are explored in the Minions seek and find book, full of great illustrations. November Rugby World Cup fever reached the top ten with rugby related material whisking out the door. Minecraft and rugby? How does that work you might ask? Well Rotorua Intermediate gave it a go.
Have any of your own block work you want to show off? Let us know in the comments
- The ultimate unofficial encyclopedia for Minecrafters by Megan Miller
- Minecraft by Stephanie Milton
- The LEGO ideas book by Daniel Lipkowitz
- Star Wars by David West Reynolds
- Star Wars by Adam Bray
- Minecraft by Nick Farwell
- Minecraft by Matthew Needler
- Minions by Trey King
- The story of the All Blacks by Kevin Boon
- Star Wars character encyclopedia by Simon Beecroft
The magnetic allure of Minecraft has infected the Top 10 this month, it’s claimed half of the leader board! The gaming and computer and technology resources in the children’s areas are being matched with maker kits. The Lego and mechano can take a while to build so treat yourself to some project time at the library. Coming in at number 10, Ninjago fans are using their ninja skills to scale to popularity heights, where will they be next month?
1. Minecraft by Stephanie Milton
2. Minecraft by Nick Farwell
3. Minecraft hacks master builder by Megan Miller
4. Minecraft by Matthew Needler
5. The LEGO ideas book by Daniel Lipkowitz
6. Minecraft blockopedia by Alex Wiltshire
7. Star Wars character encyclopedia by Simon Beecroft
8. Star Wars by David West Reynolds
9. Frozen by Julie Ferris
10. Secret world of the Ninja by Beth Landis Hester
Make sure you come along to your local Library and start creating with one of our Maker Kits. We have Lego and Mecanno plus rocket ships and wooden blocks.
Alec from Tawa was one of the first to make up one of our Lego Star Wars Kits which took him just under an hour to make.
You can play with the Maker Kits in the library for free. Ask about the Kits at the Library counter and have some creative fun.