Night of 1000 Inventions at the Library
Oct 31, 2016 10:46AM
● By Jennifer Neys
Night of 1000 Inventions on September 12 at the Pleasant Hill Library.
Night of 1000 Inventions
The fifth and final Night of 1,000 Inventions on September 12 drew hundreds of families to the Pleasant Hill Library for hands on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (S.T.E.A.M.) activities. Featured tech activities included virtual reality headsets, an automated earthquake simulator, 3D printing, air powered rockets, a smoke ring cannon, and drone quadrocopters. Local robotics clubs from College Park High School and Valley View Middle School exhibited their creations, and local science educators, including the high school's youth Catalyst Club, inspired audiences with kitchen chemistry and fun physics experiments. All participants were challenged to prototype their own inventions with simple recycled materials and to type up a "patent" on the library's 1923 Underwood typewriter. Youth selected whether their creations - ranging from underwater garbage collectors to giant droids to water purifiers - would be “exclusively licensed'” or made “open source” to the world. "The library is really a learning lab where families and folks of all ages can come to create and collaborate," said Pleasant Hill Community Library Manager Patrick Remer.
The Night of 1,000 Inventions has expanded year after year and has finally outgrown the library space. That's why the library is partnering with Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District to host a bigger, better all-day S.T.E.A.M. extravaganza in 2017 at Pleasant Hill Park and the Teen Center. "With the current push for kids to get exposed to and excited about sciences and STEM, events like these are important for kids. Not only as a way to introduce and inspire them in these subjects, but to show how creative these fields are. Designing video games and constructing robots are forms of art and expression,” added Remer.