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San Diego Public Libraries Launch Bug-Themed STEAM Program

Credit: Courtesy of City of San Diego

Kids participate in a computer class at San Diego's Central Library in this undated photo.

Aired 3/2/17 on KPBS Midday Edition.

San Diego Public Libraries Launch Bug-Themed STEAM Program

GUESTS:

Gina Bravo, librarian, San Diego Public Library

Hilary Kearny, beekeeper and educator, Girl Next Door Honey

Transcript

San Diego public libraries are aiming to make science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts more accessible and engaging by focusing on something that gets the attention of most kids — bugs.

The libraries "Spring into STEAM" program, aimed at 9- to 12-year-olds, begins Thursday at the city's 36 branch libraries and runs through May.

Through the program kids will learn about bugs with a local entomologist, basic computer programming, engineering concepts by studying bees, spacial geometry through origami bugs and more. The full schedule can be found on the city's website.

Through the program, kids can also check out bug collection kits at San Diego public libraries. The collected bugs will be identified by their DNA and entered into a catalog of local bugs.

"San Diego is one of the most biodiverse regions in the country, however only one-fifth of the species on earth have been cataloged, so we are contributing to this effort to really know what we have on the planet," said Gina Bravo, a librarian at the San Diego Public Library.

Bravo and Hilary Kearny, a beekeeper who will be teaching engineering concepts through the study of bees, joined KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday to talk about the program.

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