Little Bang Discovery Club: online STEM program for youngsters

Perfect for school holidays, the Wagga Wagga City Library is running an online version of the Little Bang Discovery Club – a hugely popular science program for children.

Kids take centre stage as junior discoverers, while their parent or carer serves as a lab assistant. It’s suitable for children between 3–8 years of age and can act as an introduction to the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Programs Team Leader Christine Bolton said the hands-on sessions combined everyday objects and experiences with genuine scientific enquiry methods.

“Little Bang Discovery Club appeals to children’s naturally curious minds and it’s a great way for them to discover the world of science,” said Ms Bolton.

“Young kids absolutely love it, and we get fantastic feedback from parents and carers whenever we run the program.”

Unable to offer Little Bang Discovery Club from the library itself this year, the team decided to purchase an online version from the creators at the Children’s Discovery Museum.

“Each video runs for about 20 minutes,” said Ms Bolton.

“Everything you’ll need will either be in your house already or can be easily purchased from the supermarket – things like string, Blu Tack and so on.

“It’s completely free, and anyone can join in. It’s a fun way for your child to explore a STEM field, and it’s fascinating to watch them operate as their own little scientists.”

The library will offer four separate online sessions of Little Bang Discovery Club over the coming weeks. The first session, Collecting and Classifying, is available now.

To start discovering, visit waggalibrary.com.au/riverina-science-hub/little-bang-discovery-club-on-demand

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