Science can "STEM" from the stories told in fairy tales, myths, and fantasy. Learn about the different genres as you use your problem-solving skills. Design and build a tower for Rapunzel's hair and a new bridge to help the three Billy Goats get to the other side of the river. In a sorting acctivity, learn about the mythical creatures/monsters that Odysseus encountered on his journey home after the Trojan War. You will also pub your imagination to work as you write your own silly fantasy SciFi Story using a "Mad-Lib" format. Add some artwork to your story or solution and STEM turns to STEAM?
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New Castle County Program Offerings – Ashland Nature Center
Why Possum Has a Naked Tail from Keepers of the Animals by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac, Illustrated by John Kahionhes Fadden
The Cherokee people say that long ago, Possum had the most beautiful tail of all the animals – and he never stopped talking about it. Hear the story of how clever Rabbit found a way to trick vain Possum and stop his constant bragging once and for all. Learn about all sorts of tails and why they are important and meet a variety of animals – with or without tails – including Possum himself!
Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back by Joseph Bruchac and Jonathan London, Illustrated by Thomas Locker
Did you ever wonder why turtles always have thirteen sections (scutes) on their shells? Many Native American peoples hold that each scute represents one of the thirteen Moons in the yearly cycle of seasons, and each has its story. Hear their tales of Moon of the Popping Trees; Maple Sugar Moon; Baby Bear Moon; and more, then meet a multiplicity of turtles from diverse habitats, count their scutes, and discover how they survive throughout the year.
Kent/Sussex County Offerings – Abbotts Mill Nature Center
Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood, Illustrated by Don Wood
Are you Quick as a Cricket? Cold as a Toad? Imagine life as your favorite animal. Join the Delaware Nature Society at Abbott’s Mill to learn about wild animals that are native to Delaware. Discover the habitats and characteristics of local reptiles, birds and mammals with live animals and taxidermy specimens.